Raas Garba



Garba is an Indian dance form that has roots in Gujarat. 'Garba' in Sanskrit means womb; it also means a lamp inside a perforated earthen pot . This dance style is inspired by Lord Krishna and the gopis (cowherds). Usha, the grand daughter-in-law of Lord Krishna is known for bringing the Lasya Nritya into vogue, which came to be known as Garba Dance. Women usually perform the Garba dance on holy occasions like Navratri, Vasant Panchami, Holi and the like. Garba is performed by women dancing around a central lit lamp or statues of Gods/Goddesses with lamps on their heads; clapping and grooving on the traditional instruments.Garbas have many varieties: some are dedicated to Goddess Durga during the nine-day festival of Navaratri, some are devoted to Mother Goddess Amba, and some Garbas sing and describe seasons; address social issues.