Garba is a form of dance that originates from the state of Gujarat in India. Traditionally, communities come together during the festival of "Navaratri" to dance garba for hours. Navaratri lasts nine days, and is one of the most famous festivals in India. It is performed by both women and men and is in honor of the Goddess Amba and other Hindu gods and goddesses as well. Adults and children form a large circle around images of the gods and usually live music plays for hours and people dance in various patterns at different speeds.
Universities and colleges across the country have formed competitive garba dance teams that usually consist of male and female dancers. Everyone is welcome to try-out, and teams participate in many popular competitions across the nation. Tufts Garba was formed in 2002, and has proudly participated in many competitions. They won first place at Raas Chaos (at DC) in 2003, first place at GarbaFest (at Boston) in 2003, and third place at Dandia Dhamaka (at Michigan) in 2004. They have traveled as far as California to perform in front of full audiences.
If you would like to try-out for the garba team, or you are just interested in learning the form of dance, come by one of our garba lessons at the start of each semester. Tryouts are generally held the second week of September. Everyone is welcome to try-out, whether you have previous experience or not. Many of the dancers who are on the team today had no idea what garba was until they came to Tufts. NOW is a great time to find out how fun this form of dance really is!
Any questions? Email us at TuftsGarbaTeam@gmail.com