Navratri is the time when most Mumbaiites pull out their best traditional attire. Though, this year, many youngsters have gone in for the fusion look, the diehards still prefer to dress traditionally for the nine nights.
The first two nights have seen maximum revellers come out in traditional wear as they sway to the tunes of live performers and DJs.
Even Navratri organisers have noticed the trend of most people wearing the traditional ghagra-choli and dhotis at their events.
“We had almost 8,000 people at out event on the first night of Navratri. And, most of them were wearing traditional Gujarati attire. In fact, people wearing traditional clothes this year was more than those who wore them last year,” said Jignesh Khilani, who has been organising Navratri festivities at Ghatkopar’s Somaiya Grounds for the past 12 years.
Also, since many mandals offer prizes for the best costumes as part of their competitions, the revellers have an added incentive to dress up in the best threads.
“At our event, the best dressed dancers can win trophies and gift vouchers,” said Manoj Kotak, president of the Mulund Yuvak Prerna, a four-year-old mandal, which has always attracted crowds dressed in traditional clothes because of their competitions.
According to Devendra Joshi, organiser of the popular Sankalp Dandiya at Goregaon (East), the enthusiasm to dress up was bound to rise this year.
“Last year, the H1N1 virus dampened the mood, so this year people are bound to come out in their best dresses,” said Joshi, adding that it’s not just the women, who come well dressed.
“Even men turned up on the first day in their dhotis and kedyus.”
Jigar Nisar, a regular at Navratri events, did not get a chance to wear traditional on the first day of the festival, but he wants to deck up in true Gujarati style on the later days.
“I will wear my best set of dhoti and coti and tie a turban,” said the 18-year-old student.