OCTOBER 7 2017

Garba on the Green

 
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Come, dance the Indian way!

Flashes of vivid colors, sounds of wooden sticks hitting each other rhythmically, laughter, dancers whirling around keeping pace with the energetic music, more laughter……this is what you will experience at Guthrie Green this Saturday, September 20, starting at 7 pm.

South Asian Performing Arts Foundation brings you “Garba on the Green”, an interactive, participatory Indian folk dance festival. Partially funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, this is a first for Tulsa! The event is free, all are welcome and no experience is needed. Introductory lessons will be provided.

What is Garba? Garba or Dandiya Raas (with sticks), is a fun, high-energy folk dance for both men and women that originated in the state of Gujarat, India. This event will have a DJ playing traditional music with a Bollywood (modern) twist – strong, rhythmic beats gradually increasing in pace and intensity, challenging us to dance faster and faster.

 

Axay Parekh, one of the organizers of Garba on the Green, says, “My late father and his friends started the Garba celebration for the Indian community in Tulsa in the late 80’s and we are so happy to bring it to all Tulsans as a way of showing how proud we are of Tulsa and the melting pot it is becoming. We want people to participate and learn the traditional folk dance that brings Indian communities together around the world.”

There can be no Indian festival without food and this is no exception. There will be trucks parked near Guthrie Green featuring world flavors from Indian to Italian, for you to purchase.

(This article was written by Subha Sridharan, Architect/ Principal at Forest for the Trees and appeared on Guthrie Green website in October of 2014)