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London Zone Navratri

Oct 25, 2016 |

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting cold and dark, the nights even darker. You’re in a perpetual state of icy-cold hands and a runny nose until at least mid-March. “What better way to warm yourself up … Read More

Durga Puja

Oct 4, 2016 |

Durga Dhak & Dhunachi Nritya


I’m led by my cousin onto the temple forecourt. He reassures me that we’ve secured a good vantage point, and says in Sylheti: “you’re in for a treat”. A crowd gathers beside and behind … Read More

NHSF (UK) Zonal Garba

Nov 9, 2015 |

London Zone Garba

On the evening of 28th October 2015, NHSF (UK) London Zone team managed to get together more than 1000 students from 15 different universities at Harrow Leisure Centre to celebrate the festival of Navratri – the triumph … Read More

Why do ‘garba’?

Sep 27, 2014 |

NHSF (UK) Learning Team


Garba is an exceptionally well known and enjoyable folk dance that usually takes place during Navratri. Originating from Gujarat, this dance is now popular throughout India and indeed the world, as … Read More

Sharad Navratri 2012: 16th October – 23rd October

Oct 29, 2012 |

By Suraj Bhatt
NHSF (UK) Sewa Team

In a country of such diverse religions and customs there is one celebration that stands out in a vibrancy of colours, music and dancing: Navratri. Sharad Navratri, meaning ‘nine nights’, is one of the auspicious festivals that has been passed down many generations in the Hindu Dharma, bringing together families and communities. The festival is celebrated for nine nights and ten days during which the nine forms of Goddess Shakti are worshipped.

The nine day festival, includes fasting, Durga Pujas and raas garba. The “Garba” is a dance of graceful steps performed around a decorated symbolised form of the Goddess. Another popular dance is the “Dandia Raas”, in which men and women join the dance circle, holding small elegant sticks (dandias),and moving to the rhythmic beats played by live musicians. The nights are full of energy and joyful dancing into which each individual becomes mesmerised. Commencing late in the evening and continuing until the early hours of the morning is celebrated by individuals, dressed in traditional, radiant folk wear.

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