GARBA

  • Garba dancers gear up to perform for PM Modi in Sydney November 17, 2014

    A group of dancers have been religiously practicing for three hours every day for the last three weeks. Eager to perform in front of the PM, the performers are going to present a strictly traditional garba item. ...
  • Indian-Americans treat performers outside White House with samosas September 30, 2014

    As US President Barack Obama hosts private dinner for PM Narendra Modi, the people performing outside White House were treated with Indian delicacies like Samosa and vada. ...
  • Gujarat: PM's US visit prompts garba enthusiasts to tattoo images of Modi, Obama September 28, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much hyped visit to the United States is reflected back home in the elaborate Navratra festivities in Gujarat. Navratri in Gujarat is about decorative clothing, exquisite jewelery and beautiful body paintings to flaunt at garba venues. This year though, garba enthusiasts want to reflect Prime Minister...
  • Muslims make dandiya sticks but barred from garba venues in Godhra amidst love jihad row September 25, 2014

    Godhra: Unease prevails in the town of Godhra in Gujarat as a pro-Hindutva outfit has convinced garba organisers not to allow Muslims into garba venues in the wake of the love jihad controversy. Muslims, too, have decided to stay away from garba venues to avoid confrontation. "Those who don't endorse our...
  • Bombay HC gives conditional nod to hold 'garba' in JVPD silence zone September 24, 2014

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed organisers to hold 'garba' dance in Navratri festival, beginning on Thursday, at Juhu Vile Parle Development Scheme (JVPD) in suburban Juhu even though the area falls under 'silence zone'. The permission was granted to Carnival Media Pvt Ltd to hold the dance every...
  • Muslim cleric's remarks on Navratri an attempt to malign Hinduism, says VHP; seeks his arrest September 21, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Sunday took strong objection to what it termed as "provocative" remarks on Navratri festival by Maulana Mehdi Hasan, saying it is a deliberate attempt to "malign" Hinduism and demanded his arrest. VHP has also called for a statewide movement in Gujarat to bar Muslim youths...
  • Ban entry of Muslims in Garba events, says Pravin Togadia September 13, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Echoing the views of a BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh, firebrand VHP leader Pravin Togadia on Saturday said that Muslims must not be allowed inside the Garba events and insisted identity cards of each and every person be checked for participants in and visitors to such events. "We must be...
  • Love jihad in UP; ban on Muslims entry in garbha venues in MP: Are we sitting on a communal tinderbox? September 11, 2014

    The agitation of a BJP MLA from Indore in Madhya Pradesh against the notion of 'love jihad' has triggered a huge row. BJP MLA Usha Thakur has urged Garba organisers in Indore city to allow patrons entry only after checking the person's Voter ID card. ...
  • Indore: BJP MLA agitates against love jihad, says garba venues should only allow Hindus September 10, 2014

    Indore: The agitation of a BJP MLA from Indore in Madhya Pradesh against the notion of 'love jihad' has triggered a huge row. BJP MLA Usha Thakur has urged Garba organisers in Indore city to allow patrons entry only after checking the person's Voter ID card. Thakur alleged that certain people enter...
  • 'Heroine' Kareena: B'wood incomplete without Salman September 18, 2012

    Mumbai: Salman Khan is on the brink of completing a silver jubilee in Bollywood, and actress Kareena Kapoor says the industry is incomplete without him. "I think we all are big fans of Salman and he has been my and Karisma's (Kapoor) costar. I am really happy with his 25...
  • Tech Toyz: The best of tech in this Garba special October 9, 2010

    Check out the best cameras, phones and computers along with the best 'dhoklas', 'khandvis' and 'theplas' and a lot more in this week's 'garba' special! ...
  • Enjoy Garba, folk music and find your love September 25, 2009

    Ahmedabad: If you know the Garba moves, you can be the lucky one to celebrate Valentine's Day for nine days! ''The festival gives me and my girlfriend a chance to be together for nine days. We meet daily and enjoy the dance till late. Each day is like Valentine's Day for...
  • Jaipur royal family puts on its dancing shoes for dandiya October 9, 2008

    Jaipur: This Navratri Jaipur's former royals haven't just put on their dancing shoes but are also in the mood to dish out a garba lesson or two. With new age Garba melodies resounding in the 300yearold palace's courtyard, this is where the old and the new come together. And for the...
  • Pay Rs 500 and drive in to see the dandiya October 4, 2008

    Ahmedabad: The strict checking at dandiya venues this year may be a dampener, but one Garba organiser has found a way around it. He has created a drivein dandiya where visitors who come to watch the Garba don't have to go through the strict checking that occur enroute to a...
  • Cops go undercover at garba events to catch terrorists October 3, 2008

    Surat: Head constables in Surat are taking off their uniform to preparing for duty. Instead, they are putting on the traditional kediyu and dhoti and making their way to the popular garba venues in the city. And while these constables play the dandiya there, they don't forget their brief keep...
  • Festivity and fear, the flavour of Navratri this season October 1, 2008

    Ahmedabad: For Purvi Soni, Navratri festival has always been nine nights of nonstop dandiya. But the blast at Modasa just a day before the festival has left her family worried, however Purvi says she will still go out and dance. I am scared but I will still not miss it for...
  • Maharashtra Gujarat gear up to dance to Dandiya beats September 30, 2008

    Mumbai: Navaratri is a pan Indian festival season though it has its origins in Gujarat. The music these days is from across the globe though. The dandiya raas is very famous in Gujarat and neighbouring Maharashtra. The festive spirit of Navratri is already in the air. If you're getting set for...
  • Security concerns wheel in drivein Garba in Gujarat September 30, 2008

    Ahmedabad: Just a day before the beginning of Navratri, police recovered 17 crude bombs from a garbage bin in Ahmedabad's Kalupur area, reigniting concern about the security arrangements in Gujarat during dandiya season. "It is indeed a matter of concern. People visit plots in lakhs and no one knows who is...
  • HIV awareness on a rise during Navratri October 18, 2007

    Ahemedabad: Gujarat's conservative society isnt too keen to discuss the topic of HIV awareness, at least not when its enjoying the festivities of Navratri. But Manoj Parmar, living with the HIV virus hasnt let that stop him from playing garba to push forth HIV awareness among the youth. "Mahaaul mein...
  • Garba is all about getting the chemistry right October 17, 2007

    Ahmedabad (Gujarat): It is the Navratri season and it is the dancing duos that are making the most of it. Couples are cashing on the festival. ...
  • Garba gets a touch of Bollywood zing October 16, 2007

    Ahmedabad (Gujarat): A blend the traditional and the modern that's the music one gets to hear at almost every garba. This year too, Ahmedabad's Navratri mandals are playing to the gallery with both Bollywood and folk songs to entertain the crowd. ...
  • In Barmer play garba with snakes October 2, 2006

    Jaipur: It's that time of the year when garba rocks. But in a tiny desert village of Barmer, garba not only rocks but it also shocks! A family in Band village of Barmer play their garba with snakes as props and not sticks. In the village, Jamuna handles snakes with...
  • 'Garba', an AIDS awareness platform September 29, 2006

    Surat / New Delhi: On the occasion of Navratri, organisers of a 'Garba' carnival in Gujarat's Surat city are using the platform to spread AIDS awareness among the people. The organisers have also brought several HIV positive people to the carnival to make them a part of the festivities. "Here...
  • She matches Garba steps, without music September 26, 2006

    Surat: Self belief can make impossible things possible. An astonishing exemplar is 23yearold Bhumika Pujari who matches steps; dances to Garba tunes much better than many trained dancers despite being deaf and dumb by birth. Every year, Bhumika gears up like many other youngsters of her age to join the Garba...
  • Celebrating Garba against the odds September 26, 2006

    Surat: Meet Bhumika Pujari. Like many other girls her age, this 23yearold too loves to move to the rhythmic beats of garba. Though deaf and dumb by birth, Bhumika is an expert in dandiya. Where her other faculties failed her, she used her observation power Bhumika spent hours examining the other...
  • Navratri's boom time for budding singers September 24, 2006

    Rajkot: Seventeenyearold singer Mahesh Solanki is nervous. He has one day and 22 songs to record and there is no way that he is going to give up on this golden chance at cutting his own garba album. Mahesh's story started two years ago when he decided to become a...
  • Floods dampen Surat's festival spirits September 23, 2006

    Surat: Navratra celebrations are on in most parts of the country. But the mood is somber in the diamond city of Surat where people are still recouping losses suffered in the recent floods. Barely a month ago, river Tapi rose 30 feet above the danger mark, submerging 95 per cent of...
  • London keeps garba pure September 23, 2006

    Vadodara: Navratri is the favourite festival when Vadodara starts dressing up for dandiya, and for nine days, the musical city reverberates with the beats of garba. But over the years, as everywhere else, the beats of garba have changed from carefully cultivated classical sounds to remixed film music, the hottest selling...
  • Gearing up for the Garba festival September 22, 2006

    Ahmedabad: Its that time of the year again when Gujarat gears up for its longest dance festival Garba. For nine nights, Gujaratis of all age groups will indulge themselves in this overnight extravaganza and the signs are there for all to see. And for those getting ready for Garba,...
  • All are brothers in Godhra during utsav September 22, 2006

    Godhra (Gujarat): The name Godhra brings back unpleasant memories of the communal tension but not many know that there's another small town called Godhra in the Kutch district of Gujarat that is known for its communal harmony. Every year, thousands of villagers from surrounding villages gather at a temple in Godhra...