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“Garba is a form of dance which was originated in the state of Gujarat in India. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term Garbha (“womb”) and Deep (“a small earthenware lamp”).
Many traditional garbas are performed around a centrally lit lamp or a picture or statue of the Goddess Shakti. The Garbo has circular and spiral figures.
Traditionally, it is performed during the nine-day Hindu festival Navarātrī (Gujarati નવરાત્રી Nava = 9, rātrī = nights). Either the lamp (the Garba Deep) or an image of the Goddess, Durga (also called Amba) is placed in the middle of concentric rings as an object of veneration. SPANDAN KALA VRUND – A Professional Garba and Folk Dance Group.