It's that time of the year again, time for garba

  • None, Abha Goradia
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2014 21:06 IST

Navratri celebrations are often deemed incomplete without those energy pumping dandiya and garba performances. And at the helm of these massive functions are the singers, who keep the audiences enthralled by crooning popular folk and Bollywood hits. You might not hear about these artistes throughout the year, but for the next nine-days, they are going to be highly in demand. As the Navratri season kicks off today (September 25), we speak to some of them about what they have planned for their performances this year.

Falguni Pathak
Performing at: Goregaon Sports Club, Malad (W).

Possibly one of the most famous Navratri singers in the country, Falguni Pathak is also known as Dandiya Queen by some. For 10 years now, her events have been attended by thousands. “I sing peppy dance numbers apart from the songs that are liked by my audience,” says Pathak, whose biggest hits include numbers like ‘Chudi jo khanki haathon mein’ and ‘Maine payal hai chhankai’. She adds, “I’ll be introducing new melodies this year, with a mix of Bollywood tunes.”

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Performing at: Kutchi Sarvoday Trust Ground, Borivali (W).

The famous sister duo is known to rock the Navratri scene every year. Remembered for their hit single ‘Piya piya’, Preeti and Pinky prefer keeping a low profile for the rest of the year. “We like the slow pace. So apart from Navratri, we only perform at elite shows,” says Preeti. Ask them what the audience can look forward to at their stage shows this year, and Pinky says, “We are incorporating the flute for some natural melodies this time.”

Bhoomi Trivedi
Performing at: JVPD ground, Juhu.

She rose to fame as an Indian Idol semi-finalist about five years ago, and today, Bhoomi Trivedi is a hit name in the dandiya circuit. Even though her most recent chartbuster is the song ‘Ram chaahe Leela’ from the Bollywood film, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), she will be seen singing “folk songs” at the Navratri gigs this year. “The songs are from northern Gujarat and have ancient dialects,” says Trivedi, about this year’s line-up.

Rahul Vaidya
Performing at: JVPD ground, Juhu.

He might have finished third in a music reality show, but that didn’t stop Rahul Vaidya from earning a large fan following among dandiya lovers. This Navratri, the singer will perform in Mumbai only on October 2. “I will be singing a mix of new Bollywood and Gujarati songs,” says Vaidya, about his playlist. A regular performer at such celebrations, Vaidya will also sing at events in Jaipur and Ahemdabad this year.

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