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September 23, 2009 > Dance the night away this festive season

Dance the night away this festive season

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Meenu Gupta

There is something about autumn... the fall colors, fresh air and festivities that celebrate the fall harvest. Nine nights of revelry, Navratri, is celebrated with Dandia dance and music galore so don your choice ethnic clothes and dance the night away. Dandia is more than a colorful group dance with decorated bamboo sticks. The rhythmic beats, clattering sticks and jingling bells create an ambience of social engagement, and celebration for a cause. Navratri festival, spread over nine days, worships Goddess Shakti in all her forms which are Durga; the goddess of power, Lakshmi; the goddess of wealth and Saraswati; the goddess of knowledge. In addition to rituals, devotees display their affection by dancing traditional Garba Raas and Dandiya Raas.

Several organizations are hosting this highly energetic and popular event. Proceeds go toward providing education and better living conditions for the underprivileged by Small Steps Foundation. Free Dandia lessons will be provided to all ticket holders. Dandia sticks, food and beverages can also be purchased at the venue. Group discounts are available for ten or more people.

Small Steps Foundation Dandia Celebrations
Centerville Junior High School Gymnasium
37720 Fremont Blvd, Fremont

Dandia Nite
Saturday, 26 September
7:30 p.m.
(510) 375-8625

BAYVP Raas-Garba Challenge 2009
Friday, October 2
8 p.m.
www.bayvp.org
(408) 891-1471

Vibha Dandia 2009
Saturday, Oct 3, Oct 10
7 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
(650) 862.6684

Raas- Garba
Saturday September 26
8 p.m. - midnight
Jain Temple
722 South Main Street, Milpitas
(408) 262-6242

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