Festival UnBound – East Meets West: An Evening of Indian Dance

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Sep 30th 2021 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Date(s) - Sep 30th 2021
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Touchstone Theatre


A joyful and uplifting evening of Indian dance, celebrating the community! Get up on your feet and join in the dance as our friends from the Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley lead audience-participants in learning and appreciating Bollywood and Garba folk dance.

Want to know more about the dance styles we’ll be doing together?

Garba is one of the folk dance styles commonly performed at festivals and other special occasions in the state of Gujarat, India. Garba dancing takes place during the nine-day Navratri festival, held annually during September and October. It is a joyful style of dance, based on circular patterns and characterized by a sweeping action from side to side and hand clapping. Performers perform in a circle around an image of a symbolic representation of a mother goddess, such as Durga. Dancing begins slowly and gradually increases in speed. Garba performances often include singing and musical accompaniment by dhol or dholak (double-headed drums).

Bollywood is a style of a fusion of various dance styles (including Indian classical dance, folk dance, jazz, hip hop, Arabic, and Salsa). It also incorporates the Nava Rasa, the nine emotions that every human being experiences. Each Bollywood song tells a story– they are also called situational songs. Some of the popular situational songs include love songs, wedding songs, festival songs, and songs on jealousy. Let’s learn some of the dances from Indian cinema, packed with movement and emotion!


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