Thrilling Garbha dance show

The Gujarati Samaj, a social welfare and cultural body of Gujaratis living in the port city, is well known with its grand Durga Navaratri festival celebrated every year during Dasara. It makes it a most auspiciously suitable occasion providing a hauntingly pervasive peep into the cultural legacy of the State, the 'garba' and 'dandia raas' handed down the ages. The format warrants people from all walks of life and age groups sans any barriers to flock together to dance in perfect unison with the singing in the set rhythmic patterns played on certain types of native drums. Starting in a leisurely tempo, it gradually reaches a crescendo of break-neck momentum in terms of both the intensity of speed and sound. The participants dance thrillingly excited and create an electrifying mood in the audience. No wonder, the onlookers, in turn, by impulse become a part and parcel of the dance and make the entire auditorium converted into a scintillating platform.

There was a thrilling show of such an event recently by about a score of young but highly talented artistes credited with proficiency in the varied forms of the art, from Aum Shiva Samsthan, Bhavanagar, led by Nitin Dave. Called Jhankar, it was organised by the samaj and radiantly brought home the spectrum of the tradition.

All kudos to the committee comprising H.M. Choksy, Bharat Chouhan and N.N. Rathod (secretary), who under the able leadership of Nikhil Oza, made it a memorable event.