By Maya Nair
It was 2 nights in a row that riot of colors splashed at the premises of Bert Ferguson Community Center over past weekend. The dance floor was set and the music ready as garba lovers started pouring in dressed in their best sparkling Chaniya Cholis, Sarees, and Colourful Kurtis. Everyone was eager to seep in the flavors of the festivities. Though the dance floor did not look like this when it started, I completely forgot to factor in Indian-Standard-time to our schedule. By 8:30 p.m., the venue was easily swallowed by the massive visitor turnout.
Singer Neha Verma of ‘SAREGAMAPA’ fame made the audiences groove with her non stop, energetic and tireless performance. A variety of Bollywood beats as well as traditional Gujarati tunes mixed in harmonious perfection filled the air. Men and women danced together and tried to keep up with the beats and enjoyed the long dancing spells. Kiddies and veterans were seen shaking a leg and having a nice time.
Aditi, my 7 year old daughter, found it very exciting to learn the new clap dance. What thrilled her the most was the dance with dandiya sticks. Though she may not have fully grasped the meaning behind the dance, glad that we made the effort to make our kids aware of it and bring them a step closer to the Indian culture and tradition. It actually brought back pieces of my childhood as a part of growing up in Mumbai.
Many of the people were trying the dance for the first time. It was good to see the dance enthusiast teach the less experienced dancers to make sure that everyone kept the dance floor full of energy.The atmosphere was eclectic on the dance floor and to replenish the energy reserves, there was sumptuous Indian food.
Finally, if you looked around, there was a smile on every face, which is a great treat to watch while smiling yourself! By the end of the night, everyone left with memories of non-stop dancing, captivating beats, electrifying energy, and, of course, the rhythmic clattering of dandiya sticks.