Namaste Switzerland witnessed the musical beats, fun, festivities, and joy at the Garba-Dandiya 2018 organised by the IAGZ. The event was both joyful and environmentally friendly.
The beats of traditional ‘Navaratri’ tunes resounded through the Schützenhaus at Albisguetli as people came to the centre of the hall – some gently warming up to the music, others greeting each other. The IAGZ Garba-Dandiya event began with the ‘aarti’ and ‘puja’ at the beautiful temple created at the centre of the hall and decorated with lights and flowers in a very traditional style.
The band Narayanan P. & Friends, specially flown in from the U.K. by IAGZ, then belted out musical beats – ranging from traditional to Bollywood – for hours as the entire hall swayed to the Garba beats leading into the much-awaited ‘dandiya’.
Veena Steiner of VDance led dance enthusiasts with a live workshop, drawing them closer to the spirit of Garba and Dandiya.
Net Asia supported IAGZ with their social media campaign and Namaste Switzerland went on to create live posts from the venue for Instagram.
Chalet India provided vegetarian Indian food right through the event. With the support and expertise of team earth2earth, the organisers ensured that to a great extent, this event remained environmentally friendly, using compostable tableware.
Members and supporters of IAGZ contributed to decorating the venue and creating a gorgeous ambiance.
McGees and IAGZ’s well-wishers from the community sponsored the prizes for Best ‘Aarti Thali’, Best Dressed Individual, Best Dancer and more.
After what seemed like rejuvenated networking among old and new residents of Switzerland and the buzz of nostalgic music, the event ended on a high note with the dancers yearning for more music, seemingly ready for next year’s Garba-Dandiya event.