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IN PHOTOS: Garba 2022

The South Asian Cultural Exchange hosts Garba, an annual festival of South Asian dances.
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Narenkumar Thirmiya
Students gathered to celebrate Garba, as photographed on Sept. 23, 2022. (Hustler Multimedia/Narenkumar Thirmiya)

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. 

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Narenkumar Thirmiya, Staff Photographer
Narenkumar Thirmiya ('24) is from Orlando, Fla., and is majoring in neuroscience and medicine, health, and society in the College of Arts and Science. When not shooting for The Hustler, he is streaming TV, playing the piano or guitar or exploring nature photography. You can reach him at [email protected].
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