WATCH: Traditional Garba grips Saya Zenith, I'puram
A casual evening conversation at Saya Square, a meeting point at Saya Zenith, became the fuel for the festival-friendly Indirapuram society to hold another memorable event on September 27, the seventh day of Navratri. Yes, residents of this upscale highrise housing complex rang in the festivities in each others company as they danced the night away.
The idea came from Mrs Dave, a popular woman resident of the society, who expressed her wish to play Garba as Navratri is the most awaited festival for Gujaratis. Garba and Dandiya celebrations are not just about dance and fun but a symbolic way of praying to Goddess Ambaji (Durga) for strength to overcome evil.
Of course, the idea had many takers and soon AOA Saya along with several volunteers came forward to organise the event. Even though it was a working day, residents trouped in full throttle. Women, children, grandparents and men gradually came out of their nests post 7.30 pm to join in full force.
Mercifully, the event here wasn't infected by crass commercialism, which is what most Dandiya and Garba Raas programmes have been reduced to these days. Preparations for the celebrations began ten days ago, as volunteers practised their steps daily from 8.30 pm to 10 pm.
Mostly it was traditional songs that kept the dancers grooving, but then you cannot deny what the young residents want, which was, of course, Bollywood numbers, adding springs to everyone's steps. Just check these pictures to know what we mean.
Celebrations begin with prayers as a senior resident leads the way
Just look at the colours! Aren't they all looking gorgeous?
Traditional Raas Garba and Dandiya ruled
And they go full swing, dancing in circles
Chania choli, Ghagra, bangles and sticks - no Dandiya is complete without these basic accessories