IN PHOTOS: Garba 2022

The South Asian Cultural Exchange hosts Garba, an annual festival of South Asian dances.


Narenkumar Thirmiya

Students gathered to celebrate Garba, as photographed on Sept. 23, 2022. (Hustler Multimedia/Narenkumar Thirmiya)

Narenkumar Thirmiya, Staff Photographer

Vanderbilt University’s South Asian Cultural Exchange (SACE) hosted its annual dance celebration, Garba, on Sept. 24 in the Student Life Center (SLC). Garba is a cultural dance hailing from the state of Gujarat in India. It is performed during the Hindu festival of Navratri and involves attendees dancing around a lit lamp or another form of light.

The celebration kicked off with electrifying performances from Lakshya, a Bollywood fusion dance team, and the BhangraDores, a Punjabi folk dance team.

Attendees also had the opportunity to learn and participate in a traditional Garba dance. They gathered together in a circle, clapping their hands and spinning around the dance floor. The attendees then participated in the Raas dance. For this dance, dandiya sticks were handed to attendees lined up in rows, who began dancing and hitting their sticks together to the beat of the music.

Finally, the event transitioned into a party featuring popular South Asian music and remixes.