The much-awaited Navratri festival, the official dance festival of India, begins tomorrow. Normally a nine-day festival, this year has an extra day, making it a 10-day revelry. So, for the 10-day festival, let’s take a look at 10 different venues across the city where you can showcase your dancing skills.
TEN VENUES TO LOOK OUT FOR
1. Pushpanjali Navratri 2016
Supposedly, the biggest Navratri of the country, singer Falguni Pathak is known as ‘the Dandiya Queen’ and is famous for singing memorable Gujarati songs.
Venue: Pushpanjali Grounds, Borivli (West)
Attraction: Falguni Pathak to perform for the first time in Borivi
Price: Daily passes- From Rs600 to Rs1,000
Season pass- Rs3,999
“As many as 20,000 to 25,000 people are expected every day for the event. Hundreds of foreigners have also booked their tickets online to witness the biggest Navratri,”
Santosh Singh, organiser of Shriya Events, LLP
2. Alivekraft Meera’s Navratri 2016
Indipop duo Preeti-Pinky has been striking a chord with residents of Borivli for 18 years. They also sang a Bollywood song.
Venue: Kutchi Grounds, Off Link Road, Borivli (West)
Attraction: Mela (Fun Fair) Themed Navratri, exhibition and rides to continue for the revellers even after 10 pm.
Price: Daily Passes- From Rs. 200 to Rs. 250
Season Pass- Rs800
“Preeti-Pinky have been performing continuously for 18 years in Borivli now. They are always focused on folk and tribal singing. We have a special 30-piece band which would leave garba enthusiasts spellbound,”
Chetan Gaur of Alivekraft Events.
3. Naidu Club Navratri 2016
It is one of the oldest Navratri events in Borivli. Nilesh Thakkar, the lead singer of the group, is a famous Gujarati singer known for his traditional songs.
Venue: Kora Kendra Grounds, Borivli (West)
Attraction: Free entries for army and military families.
Price: Daily passes- From Rs360 to Rs. 810
Season pass- Rs3,060
VIP Pass- Rs5,400
“We are keeping free entries for Army families as they seldom get chance to enjoy. We have also decided to personally donate a sum to the victims (from Maharashtra) of Uri attacks. Besides, everything need not be only about celebrations,”
Ganesh Naidu, one of the organisers.
4. Shree Fort Leuva Patidar Mitra Mandal Navratri
The event organised by a 1,000 shop members of Fort Merchant Welfare Association, acts as a break for the shopkeepers from the usual routine.
Venue: Kutch Visa Oswal Samaj Waadi, Masjid Bandar
Attraction: Dresses especially brought from Kutch.
“The event will be done in a closed auditorium with a limited crowd. There will only be desi songs sung by singers, especially called from Gujarat. There would also be some prizes for everyone,”
Ashok Patel, president, Fort Merchant Welfare Association which organizes the event.
5. Radiance Dandiya 2016
The five-star hotel promises a five-star experience for the enthusiasts. The event is open to all with best facilities provided to people.
Venue: Sahara Star Hotel, Near Sahar Airport, Vile Parle (East)
Attraction: Event even after 10pm.
Price: Daily passes- From Rs700 to Rs1,200
Season pass: Rs7,500
“There will be a crowd of around 2,500-3,000 scattered around the area of 30,000 sq.ft. because we believe in limited people, but providing best experience. People can enjoy garba even past midnight as the event will be in a closed space,”
Ajay Mantri, CEO of Purple Blue Events.
6. Shri Azad Nagar Navratri Mahotsav Mandal
The mandal takes the festival back to its roots. With no singers on the stage, the band members will be taking the lead.
Venue: Azad Nagar Navratri Chowk, RAK Road, Wadala (West)
Attraction: No singers, just beats
“We have a special team of Kutchi band players who have been playing for us for four generations. The main attraction is shehnai (similar to oboe), giving it a total traditional flavor. We conduct several competitions too,”
Mahendra Rajgor, vice-president of the mandal
7. Dome Raas Garba
Open to all for a long three-day weekend, the event would supposedly take the celebration a notch up with LED dandiyas adding flavour to the fervour.
Date: 7th, 8th and 9th October, 2016
Venue: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, National Sports Club of India, Haji Ali
Attraction: Playback singer Parthiv Gohil and his team.
Price: Daily passes- Rs750
Season pass: Rs1,800
“The event would be held in an air-conditioned venue where there would be no limit on time. LED Dandiyas would be given to the revellers to add to the fervour,”
One of the club officials
8. Nav Raag Navratri 2016
The event will hold different culture-based themes in order to reach out to every community.
Venue: Chitrakoot Grounds, Andheri (West)
Attraction: Free wi-fi, traditional dresses on rent and photo (selfie) kiosks
Price: Daily passes- From Rs400 to Rs600
Season pass: Rs2,600
“Accomplished singer Naitik Nagda will take the lead. There would be different culture-based activities all through the Navratri festival. 11 days, 11 different cultures, 11 dress codes,”
Aman Jhunjunwala, CEO of Firegaze Events
9. Shree Raghukul Mahila Mandal
The all-women mandal engages in all the traditional festivities and worships the Goddess and Garbi (earthen pot).
Venue: Jalaram Mandir, Pandit Deendayal Nagar, Vasai (West)
Attraction: Only women
“I will not call it an event, it is a traditional celebration. We play only for two hours between 5 pm and 7 pm. Our numbers are less, but we, with all our love, make all the rituals absolutely right. There are different traditional activities throughout the festival,”
Sarmishta Adhia, president of the mandal.
10. Mulund Yuvak Prerna Navratri 2016
Comparatively new to the event, the Mulund Yuvak Prerna Trust sticks to traditional folk songs
Venue: Kalidas Ground, PK Road, Mulund (West)
Attraction: Folk singers
Price: To be decided (but not free)
“There would be pure Gujarati traditional and folk songs sung by accomplished folk singers to maintain the flavour of the dance festival. We are expecting footfalls of around 3,000-4,000 each day,”
Ketan Kotak, one of the trust members.