Tag Archives: Song and Dance

Garba

It is that time of the year when Gujarati’s world over get ready to celebrate Navratri (Nine Nights), which is when garba is performed by dancing around a earthen pot of diya (candle) or image or idol of the Goddess Durga, who is lovingly referred to as Mataji.

Durga Maa, with explaination on her form
Durga Maa, with explaination on her form

Over the years, Garba has become universal in the sense that it’s not just Gujaratis who celebrate it but, festivals of Garba are held for the purpose of one and all coming together to celebrate garba.

“Garba” originates from the word “Garbo”, which is a earthen pot, with a lighted diya placed inside. Thus during Navratri, this earthen pot with the diya inside is placed in centre of the dancing area with images and idols of Goddess and people dance around it in circles.

Furthermore according to Parthiv Gohil on his YouTube channel states that “Garbo” as a word has root linkage to Sanskrit word for womb “Garbha” so thus implies life, and in a traditional context when the dance was performed around clay lantern with diya inside it was called Garbha Deep, which represented the feminine form of divinity. According to a Stanford University page, which explains beautifully the representation of doing Garba doing in Circles

” the dancers symbolize that God is also the center of their lives. The circle formation itself also has additional significance. The circle formed by dancers represents the cycle of life and its never-ending nature, tenets of the Hindu belief of reincarnation. The dance form of Garba is characterized by its fluidity, grace, flexibility, and synchronous clapping of hands to supplement the music.”

Garba in Motion
Garba in Motion

Another anecdote of Garba is the battle which took place between the demon “Mahishasur” and Goddess “Durga” a battle which took place for Nine Nights , on the tenth day Durga emerged victorious from the battle, which signifies the triumph of good over evil. Continue reading Garba

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Rain and its Musical Magic

When it rains, there are myriad of emotions and sentiments that one goes through, but for me, when it rains, I just feel like going and being in a different world, sometimes it is in a world of music and sometimes it is within stories, and many a times it could be classics or just simple good movies, which one can never get enough off.

But I would say when it comes to rain I just prefer to lose myself in songs. I am avid listener of classics from the bygone era of Indian film industry, a time the melodies as some would say were soulful, the lyrics were simple and had the power to just take you away from the mundane.

One of the most iconic songs with rain as it is background is “Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua” from Shree 420, with Raj Kapoor and Nargis. This is a song that comes to mind instantly when somebody talks about rain and Indian movies.

Another song that I really like to have on repeat mode when it is raining is “Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna” and “Main Jaahan Rahoon”. I personally feel that one can never go wrong with Sonu Nigam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

It is just not romantic songs that are famous for rain, one song that I recall that is fun and preppy and foot stomping rain song is from Chalbaaz, “Na Jaane Se Kahan Se Aayi Hain”, which was picturize on Sri Devi.

Sometimes a song does not have to be filmed in a rain, and a good example of this is “Jashn E Bahara” from Jodha Akbar, it simply speaks for it self to create the mood that a listener feels to be in.

When it comes to rain, and songs, each and every person would have they own taste, so if you feel that there is a song worth mentioning in this post, drop a mention in comments.

Unplanned Weekends

A many of the times the best of best laid plans can go awry , and sometime most mundane of days or weekends can tend to becomes inspiring or for use of better words interesting, and that is how my weekend went.

As Friday was winding down, the weekend didn’t look that promising apart from clearing my library fines and then checking out the softly opened Damodar City.

But the highlight for the weekend was the “Moana the Rising of the Sea” a song and dance performance by the Pasifika Voices and Oceania Dance Group from The University of the South Pacific. It was a performance based on a poem by a Marshallese Kathy Jetnil Kijiner titled “Tell Them”, a poem on climate change and its effects.

The whole song and dance performance depicted the rising levels of sea how the Pacific way of life was in danger from these effects of climate change and how soon steps would be needed to taken to prevent the drowning of these islands.

The performance highlighted the plight of people and how the way of life in these island countries are being affected and if nothing is done to combat these issues the way of life of these islanders would be lost and cultures would become extinct and traditions and languages would disappear.

It was a heartfelt performance, with the perfect balance of music, dance, and stories and poetry.