Ringing in the Garba

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Skirts swirling, bodies twirling, the traditional Gujarati Garba is a joyous folk dance and song, originally performed as a fertility ritual, traditionally around a centrally lit lamp or a picture or statue of the Goddess Shakti.

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The whirling spiral figures of Garba have similarities to other spiritual dances, such as those of the Sufi culture. The entire theme is “rounded” off further as the Garba is performed in a circle as a symbol of the Hindu view of time.

At the India Day fest this August, in a display of Gujarati flair, a troupe of seven girls will dance the garba, promising a power-packed dizzying show of Indian culture.

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