Navratras are beckoning upon you. Are you ready for Garba?
The vibrant and foot-tapping Garba has become synonymous with navratris and Chandigarh girls can’t wait to don the colorful chanya choli or ghagra choli and boys, the signature dhoti kurta.
Dance is a form of art, the rhythmic movement of the body for expression of ideas. It is the graceful release of energy, the art of storytelling and portrayal of emotions. Our Indian culture is full of varied dance forms integrated into disparate ceremonies. One such colorful and energetic dance form is Garba.
Garba a dance form which originated in Gujarat, performed during Navratri is a 9 day festival of Goddess Durga. It is also known as Garbi, Garbha or Garbha Deep. This dance form celebrates fertility, honor womanhood and pay respect to any of an array of mother goddesses.
The modern day Garba is actually a fusion of Dandiya Raas and Garba. The mix of two has become quite popular amongst the young generation, all over the world.
Now that Navratas are coming, Tricity people, you must hone your Garba dancing skills!
Here are 5 places in Chandigarh for garba classes for a musical Navratri:
1.Chandigarh Dance Academy:
Chandigarh dance Academy is run by Prakriti Kunwar– A Kathak dancer, a disciple of Pt.Shivji Mishra (Jaipur Gharana). They run their programs from Stepping stones school, Chandigarh. Along with other dance forms, they even teach Garba for any special occasions or events and the batch timings are easily customisable as per your convenience. They are even organizing a fun event for you all this Navratri at PGI, Chandigarh. There are no age barriers, so go book your class now!
Address: Stepping Stones School, Sector 38A, Chandigarh
Contact them: 9888629122
Fee Charges for Garba: Rs.3000
Timings: 6 a.m-7 p.m (different slots available)
2. Dance World:
Dance world in Sector 17, Chandigarh hosts an eventful Dandiya night during Navratri to give a kick start to the festive season. In order to make the students familiar with the dance form and bring the Gujarati flavor in the air, workshops are organized prior to the gathering. You can also learn Garba for any of your Navratri parties or even professionally for a competition!
Address: SCO 12, Near Neelam theater, Above Indian coffee house, Sector 17E, Chandigarh
Contact them: 09876042751
Fee Charges for Garba: Rs. 1600
Timings: 7 a.m- 9 p.m (sat-sun 3p.m-9 p.m)
3. Sachin Dance Classes:
In case you want to enjoy the luxury of learning dance at your home, Sachin dance classes is the one for you! With their exceptional knowledge of 35 different dance forms, you know you can’t go wrong with them. They also give training in Garba and Dandiya so that you enjoy Navratras with utmost zeal!
Address: H-no 3161, first floor, Tribune Colony, Sector 30D, Chandigarh
Contact on: +919780645468
Fee charges for Garba: Rs. 500 per class (1 hour)
4. Dance Rockerz
Dance Rockerz have their studios in both Zirakpur and Dera-Bassi. They keep on organizing various workshops and events for their students. So if you have got the craze for learning Graba this time, definitely contact them!
Address: Madhav Sadan, 2nd Floor, Zirakpur
Contact on: +919041706885
Fee Charges for Garba: Negotiable (contact owner)
Timings: 4 p.m-8 p.m
5. Eight Counts Studio:
Eight count studio has different batches running every hour to suit your convenience. They don’t have Garba classes on a regular basis but you can just contact them and they will arrange it for you.
Address: Dashmesh Nagar, Naya gaon, Chandigarh
Contact on: +918562813777
Fee charges for Garba: Rs.1500
Timings: 4 p.m- 9 p.m (various slots)
Where to find Garba Costumes in Chandigarh (buy or on rent)?
Now that you have mastered the art that Garba is, the next step is the outfit and we are here to help with that too. The following shops will provide you a dazzling costume for that Navratri party!!
Kamal Textiles (Buy/rent)
You can buy designer apparel or rent them.
Address: Shop No 250- 251 Phase 4 Sector 59 Pincode 160059 (Mohali)
Contact number: 0172 222 0775
- Butterfly Collections (rent)
Address: #3115, Frist floor, Chandigarh Sector 27d, Chandigarh – 160019
Contact number: +(91)-172-3097831
Mayor Fancy dresses (rent)
Address: Basement, Sarpunch Tower, Zirakpur HO, Chandigarh – 140105, Near Paras Down Town Mall
Dress n Dress (rent)
Address: SCF -265, Panchkula Sector 16, Panchkula – 134109, Opposite Canara Bank (Map)
Contact number: +(91)-172-3327749
Jain Fashioners (rent)
Address: Shop No-123 -124 & 101 -102, Sector 19, Chandigarh – 160019, Palika Bazar,Sec-19c
Contact number: +(91)-9878367777
While you prep for the upcoming Poojas and ceremonies ( and the truck loads of sweets and snacks) it’s a good idea to shed some calories!
Get ready to groove on Tara vina Shyam mane…, Paatan thi Patoda mangaavo…
Stay tuned to ChandigarhX for more information on Garba parties in Tricity.