Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, Navratri is being celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm in the city. The festive season is in full swing in the city, with bright lehenga cholis, colourful dandiya sticks, thumping music and a huge spread of delicacies.
Dressed in typical Gujarati sarees or chaniya choli, the people are putting their best foot forward to show their skills in raas, garba and dandiya.
Once sun sets, thousands of Navratri enthusiasts dressed in their traditional wear flock to Navratri pandals in anticipation of fun, frolic and loads of colour.
After performing traditional rituals and paying homage to goddess Durga, crowds burst into song and dance. The delicacies of the Gujarati community- ‘gathiya’, ‘undhiyu’, ‘phaphra’ and ‘dhokla’ are also part of the traditional festival, which are served during celebrations.
“We look forward to Navratri every year. It is that time of the year when we make new friends and offer them an insight into our culture. We also take the opportunity to display our talents,” said Payal Mehta, a school student.
Navratri marks the victory of the adishakti over demon Mahishasur after a battle which lasted nine days and nights.In the city the celebrations are more traditional with the thrust on cultural and religious programmes with the Bengali community adding another dimension to the celebrations by organising their traditional Durga Puja.
Cultural fest on occasion of Navratri
On the occasion of Navratri, a three-day cultural festival centred on the glory and power of Goddess Durga is being organised in city at Madhya Pradesh State Tribal Museum from Friday.
The event is being organized by the Culture Department in association with the Tribal Folk Art and Language Development Academy. It will be held at the open air auditorium of the tribal museum at 6:30 pm.
The first day of the three day festival began with the performance by a renowned artist from Kolkata Nabhoodip Chakravarti. Chakravarti sang musical songs of Mata Chandi and the unprecedented compositions of Shyama music.
After his presentation, the renowned dancer of Bharatanatyam Lata Singh Munshi presented the dance form centered on Sati, along with her disciples including herself. She has prepared the Bharatnatyam dance based on the story of Sati mentioned in the Puranas.On the second day Neha Charna from Udaipur will present chirja songs along with her troupe.
In the Chirja singing, they will express the glory of the Goddess through the zodiacal songs and music. After this, Kathak dancer and Guru Manvvi Singh, of Raigarh Gharana from Khairagarh, will be performing dance drama on the nature and popular story of Ekad Devi on Sadhvi with the artists and musicians of Khairagarh.
On the final day, Moni Kuntla Bhuyian a renowned artist from Gwahati has been invited to perform in the praise Devdhavni and Durga.
He is known throughout the country for effective expression of Goddess Vandana. After his presentation, Katak’s senior Odissi dancer, Mira Das, will present different forms of Goddess in Guru Shishya Parampara.
An event like this is being organised for the first time wherein renowned singers will gather together to perform on Navratri. This three-day festival will be performed in Bhopal and Ujjain respectively, and the performers will also perform at the Siddha festival of Ujjain.