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INDIA: GUJARATI DANCE


MANEET KAUR and MS.KOMAL GHAI 2010-04-15

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The video depicts the famous Garba Dance which is a dance popular among people of Gujarat.Poets compose Garba songs, which are lyrical poems sung in praise of Lord Krishna. Singing together is an invariable accompaniment of Garba. The actual dance performance begins at night and all the participants gather at the open space or at street corners. An idol or photograph of the goddess is kept in the centre and a circle is formed around it. Ghee and oil lamps are lit in front of the goddess, which is put in the Chowk. At initial stages dancing begins with slow tempo and reaches at a fast tempo. The ‘Mandavali’ symbolizes the goddess and they dance with it for some time and later put it in the centre.


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