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Sunday, October 18, 2020



The Gujarat government, after mandating police permissions last week for every collective puja pandal to be set up during the Navratri festival, took a U-turn on Friday and exempted residential societies and apartments from such police permissions. With the government banning the organisation of Garba, the traditional folk dance performed on all nine nights of Navratri, citizens across the state have come up with innovative solutions to celebrate the festival. 

In Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued last week, the government had prohibited the organisation of any sort of Garba (public or “sheri” Garba) during Navratri celebrations in the state. However, it had allowed people to install idols or photographs of deities and offer aarti with a maximum of 200 attendees practising social distancing. For doing the same, police permission would be required, the government had said. On Friday, however, it said that such permissions would be required only to hold programmes in public places and at public roads.

Coronavirus pandemic has affected several festivals this year. A month back, in September, Maharashtra State Government asked the officials and associations to keep low-key celebrations for Ganeshotsav 2020. Observing the increasing number of cases, Maharashtra and Gujarat governments have cancelled on-ground Garba and Dandiya gathering for Navratri this year.

However, since everybody is equipped digitally, popular singers from Gujarat like Aishwarya Majumdar, Kirtidan Gandhvi, Jignesh Barot, Geeta Rabari and others have decided to perform LIVE, under the Virtual Navratri 2020 or  Virtual Garba 2020 initiative. The aim of these LIVE garba and dandiya is to ensure all dance lovers enjoy the festival at home.

Here are some of the popular singers who performed on the first day of the festival. Check their tagged YouTube channels for their daily schedule. 

Aishwarya Majmudar's YouTube channel

Kirtidan Gadhvi's YouTube channel

Kora Kendra (Mumbai) YouTube channel

J Events' YouTube Channel

Geeta Rabari's Virtual Garba: Jogmaya Digital's  YouTube Channel

Jignesh Barot's Garba on this YouTube Channel

Kutch Yuvak Sangh's YouTube Channel

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