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HAMSA STUDIO – Navaratri Bollywood

Garba & Dandiya Raas
​Thursday, October 3rd from 6:30pm – 7:30pm 

For this Bollywood class we’ll be going over some basic Garba dances (circle dances done in honor of the Goddess) and Dandiya Rass patterns (dance done with sticks). This is open to ALL and families are encouraged to participate! Many of the dances are very simple! Think of it as line dancing in a circle 🙂 We will be learning the dances that will be done at our Navaratri Celebration at Hamsa on Saturday, October 5th at 7pm.
​You can drop in for this class or come with friends and share a Hamsa class pass. Families of 4 or less can join for a discounted rate! Drop in: $15, Family of 4 or less $25
Wear anything that’s comfortable to dance in.
For ladies: it’s fun to wear a long skirt that has some spin to it!

Garba is layered with symbolism of the Divine feminine and the cyclical nature of life. The word “garba” comes from the Sanskrit word garbha, meaning “womb.” Traditionally, the dance is performed by women in a circle around a clay lantern with a light inside, called a garbha deep (“womb lamp”). The garbha deep has another symbolic interpretation. The vessel itself is a symbol of the body, within whom divinity (in the form of the Goddess or Devi) resides. Garba is danced around this symbol to honor the fact that all humans have the divine energy of Devi within them.

Garba is performed in a circle and represents time (concentric circles when there are many people). As the cycle of time revolves, from birth to life to death to rebirth, the only thing that is constant is the Goddess (the lamp), an unmoving symbol in the midst of all of this unending and infinite movement. The dance symbolizes that God, represented in feminine form in this case, is the only thing that remains unchanging in a constantly changing universe (jagat).

Raas, or dandiya-raas, is performed with sticks (dandiya) and rotating partners. The dance is associated with two Indian deities: the Goddess Durga and Lord Krishna. The dance itself comes from the staging of a mock-fight and is nicknamed “The Sword Dance,” with the dandiya representing Durga’s swords. The other influence lies in the partner dance that Lord Krishna performed with milkmaids known as the raas lila.

Please RSVP so we can have an idea of how many to expect!