Udaipur : Loud music, colourful outfits and bodies swaying to the tunes of traditional and western remixes. With Udaipur’s proximity to Gujarat’s commercial capital city-Ahmedabad, Dandiya has become the inseparable part of Navratri celebrations here too. As the festival celebrating the 9 forms of Goddess Durga, is nearing its culmination, Dandiya fever has gripped adults, youth and children alike in Udaipur. What comes as a pleasant change this time is to see leaders who chair the events, appealing to the people to help Udaipur win the smart city race.
The otherwise, sleeping city known to ‘yawn by nine’, is buzzing with activities these days. Compared to last few years, more Garba pandals are seen this time, erected in almost every nook and corner of the city. People specially young generation is seen flocking to garba pandals dressed up in traditional and fashionable attires. With an extended weekend starting Wednesday onwards, hotels and restaurants are planning on Mega Dandiya events at their places to cash in the wonderful opportunity.
Apart from event management groups giving away prizes for best dressed participants, dancers, couple and so on, even social groups, communities and apartment dwellers are organizing events attracting large gatherings in their respective areas. “ We didnt want our kids to wander on the roads till late and hence arranged for a Dandiya mahotsav in our colony. Initially it was just to engross the children but now even adults are participating whole heartedly” said Seema Jain, a resident of Adarsh colony.
“ Me and my friends have not only planned but hired 9 sets of Chaniya-Choli for each of us. Since these clothes cannot be worn on daily basis, we found the rent idea better which even offered us matching jewelry and accessories too” chirped Saloni Nagori, a college student. Apart from all fun -frolic, food and dance, many of the Garba pandals are doing a piece of good job too by spreading messages on sanitation and eco-friendliness. People are being told not to immerse Durga idols in lakes after the festival in order to prevent pollution of waterbodies. “ At the event organized by the Gurjar Gaur Brahmin samaj, we urged for efforts from the audience to help Udaipur win the Smart city race by keeping the neighbourhood clean and green” said Kunjan Acharya.