I usually don’t post too many things from my own life, but I thought I’d share this short video I put together from yesterday when I went to an Indian garba dance night.
Sorry for the suck quality
Quick lesson, Garba Raas is a traditional dance from Gujrat, a province in West India, where it’s heavily popular for its riveting upbeat tunes and fast-paced steps. Seriously, you can lose 5 lbs in a day doing this. It also includes dancing with sticks, like this scene from Bride and Prejudice.
The event was part of a big concert where one of my favorite singers from my childhood, Falguni Pathak, came to sing on stage while the audience got into groups to dance the night away. Garba is not easy, and me being from East India, this is not something I grew up with in my culture. Naturally, me and my squad were total novices, but we picked up most of the steps quickly thanks to some of our Gujrati friends. Let me tell you though, these folks have been dancing this since they learned how to walk, so it was mesmerizing to see them all in sync and just knowing where they were spinning. I did my best to capture all the beautiful moves and colors, and hey, you can even spot me in there too (I’m the one spinning with my friend midway through, and in the clips all the way to the end). Truly it was a long, energetic, and fun night, and I hope others are able to experience this dance as well.
More garba: LINK