Monday, October 28, 2013


Navarātrī celebrations, at Good Shepherd Finishing School started on 5 October, 2013, with the girls donning their traditional attire and getting ready to do the Garbha, a traditional folk dance of Gujarat. As the girls danced gracefully one rhythm after the other in concentric circles, they were joined by the members of the faculty. Such was their enthusiasm. “Why Garbha?”, some may ask. Traditionally, Garbha is one of the dances performed on all days during the nine-days of the Navarātrī festival. The word Garbha comes from the Sanskrit word for womb and so implies the birth of a new life. The dance is performed around a clay lantern with a light inside, which represents life; the child in the womb in particular. The dancers thus honor Durga, the feminine form of divinity. The rings of dancers revolve in rhythmic cycles, which represents the rhythm of Time. As the cycle of time revolves, from birth to death and again to rebirth, the only thing that is constant, according to beliefs is the Goddess, that one unmoving symbol in the midst of all of this unending and infinite movement. The dance symbolizes that God, represented in feminine form in this case, is the only thing that remains unchanging in a constantly changing universe.
At GSFS, we watched as 66 incarnations of Goddess Durga descended to Earth to welcome Navarātrī dancing away to eternity…
It was one action packed evening of fun and enjoyment.