This actually happened to me today
Written on Sep 19 2011
I was just minding my own business, strolling through an empty plaza and ignoring some dumb boy, when suddenly hundreds of people dressed in matching outfits popped up out of nowhere and started dancing in unison and singing about the dumb boy and me. Men playing instruments flooded in from nearby homes, women decked out in lavishly decorated sarees twirled in from the streets, and I couldn’t help but join in and have a few awkwardly long I-love-you-but-I-shouldn’t-but-I-have-to-but-I-can’t moments with the dumb boy.
It happens more often than you think. Proof:
But in all seriousness, this dance is called Garba. It originated in the state of Gujarat, and is most widely performed during a festival called Navratri, which is right around the corner. Navratri is a nine-night/ten-day festival in which people dance to Garbas and another one, involving sticks, whose name escapes me. I was told that these dances used to go until like 5am, which is a bfd in Indian culture. The dances are meant to worship the mother goddess, and people get REALLY into them (i.e. the energetic bunch in the clip above).
I had a dance lesson today so I could learn some of the moves in preparation for the festival. Let’s just say my teacher was pretty impressed with my natural talent and I’m thinking about going pro.
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