Hello Dance Fam. I hope you’ve all been well since I last wrote to you. Today’s post is somewhat of a throwback. I’ll be telling you all about a fabulous Indian Dance Festival I got to attend earlier in the year, more specifically on September 23rd. One of my dearest friends invited me to attend the Navratri Festival which is a nine nights Hindu festival, celebrated in the autumn every year. The festival also starts the preparation for one of the most important and widely celebrated holidays, Diwali, the festival of lights.
We attended the festival on the third night at the SSDS — Shree Sanatana Dharma Sabha in Westlands. I got to rock a gorgeous outfit known as a Ghagra Choli which fit perfectly and was super comfortable to dance in.
You guys, I had the absolute best time despite the fact that I was one of the few Africans in attendance, I mean it was a Hindu Festival. Lol. Everyone was so warm and welcoming and I was even taught some of the dances.
So basically, what happens is music is played throughout the entire night with a live band performing different songs. Each song has a style of dance that goes along with it and so people form circular lines that go around the entire dance floor. (The dance floor was huge by the way). And each line has a different routine but all have a similar rhythm to go with the song that is being played. You then pick a line to join and follow the routine they are doing. You can switch lines at any point and in the end, you learn a ton of different routines which is just too cool.
Oh, I should mention that there were breaks throughout the night to drink some water and catch up plus, of course, catch your breath before the dancing started up again. We, however, took the opportunity to take loads of cool pics… LOL.
I would honestly relive these moments a million times over… It was epic!
My main take away from the festival was, never be afraid to try new things. You may just end up having the time of your life.
Ps. Thanks Sanaa for having me over for the festival. I had a ball! Let’s do this again next year.