Garba Night

By Anand Narayanan


Second year in running, team Hum Sub working with Town of Cary and Community at large pulled off yet another fabulous episode of Garba Night 2011. This year’s event was held on October 1, 2011 at Booth Amphitheater in Cary and attracted crowd of gigantic proportion from such a diverse population in the Triangle area. People came in droves with great fervor to celebrate Navratri season with Garba and Dandiya despite colder than usual weather during the event day.

Ever beautiful Booth Amphitheater, the venue maintained by Booth Amphitheater staff working with Cary Town Parks and Recreation, in a picturesque backdrop provided a perfect platform for what was to come in the wonderful evening. Lighting of holy lamp by Cary Mayor, Harold Weinbrecht, marked the beginning of festivities. It was followed by inaugural speech by Cary Mayor who highlighted diverse nature of Cary population making it a melting pot of cultures and Indian arts and culture having a very special place.

The Garba night cultural program started with a stupendous music performance by Triangle Youth Musicians group – Khelaiya. This incredibly talented group of youngsters sang and played instruments to mesmerize audience with variety of Garba music.

Next on stage was none other than hugely popular ‘Tanweer Mian’ (www.tanweermian.com) started with a bang marking the beginning of the highlight performance of a memorable evening. Hum sub’s own multi-talented Sampada Agarwal along with Parul Kharod proved to be a perfect ally for Tanweer adding oomph to the already groovy environment. The venue was filled with beautifully dressed women in traditional Indian costumes such as choli, ghagra and bandahni dupattas and men in kurtas and kedias performing dazzling display of garba. Crowd danced with colorful dandiya sticks adding to the already colorful ambience.

The dazzling dance and music continued well into late in the evening and ended with an array of Bhangra songs by Tanweer that literally brought the entire crowd to their toes. There was also a food vendor selling delicious Indian snacks to cater to the starving audience. The entire event was ably supported by the dynamic duo of Hum sub and Town of Cary (including Booth Amphitheater) teams in all aspects.