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Devi Navaratri Nrityanjali 2020 - A Nine-Day Festival of worship to the Goddess 
(Features various dance forms from different parts of India)

Garba(Sun,Oct 18-7PM)

Dance form – Gujarati Garba

Name of piece – Mataji garba


Garba is a Gujarati folk dance form, performed during Navratri, that honors,

worships, and celebrates Goddess Shakti or Mata.It is usually performed by all in the community, sheri, in a circle around a clay pot with a lamp or around a murty of Mataji. Traditionally songs for garba are dedicated to Shakti. The ring of dancers revolves like cyclic time, the only constant being the Goddess Shakti in the center. As the cycle changes from birth, life, death and rebirth, the central divinity remains unchanging. Todays garba is a medley of such songs.

 The dance includes Tran tali, bey tali, heech, dodhiyu styles of garba.

Performers:Margi Bhatt and Arya Wade, Niraja and Riya Sahasrabudhe

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Bathukamma(Mon,Oct 19-7PM)

Bathukamma is a beautiful flower stack, arranged with seasonal flowers, in seven concentric layers, like a cone. Bathuku in Telugu means live/life, and Amma means mother; hence Bathukamma, honors the life-giving mother, later denoted as Goddess Gauri.

Bathukammas are placed in the center and women dance around them, synchronizing steps and claps in unison, and singing special folk songs for the occasion.

Performers:– Deepika, Krishna Veni, Munny, Lopamudra

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Kathak(Tue,Oct 20-7PM)

Name of piece -  Matakalika

In the Lalita Sahasranama , among the 1000 names of the  Devi, there is one   name, “Karangulinakhothpanna”, which says the 10 avatars of Narayana have come into existence from the ten finger nails of the devi. Kali is the protector, she is the mother, kali is dharma and eternal time. Kali shines with the brilliance of millions of black fires and her body is bathe in vibhuti , fierce, large, shimmering eyes , destructive, triumphal smiling amongst the destruction of millions of demons, wearing a necklaces of skulls , and a skirt of severed arms. Glowing like a full moon in the night sky holding the demon in one hand symbolizing destruction of ego, a knife infused with sacred mantras &  with divine shakti. Kali stands peaceful and content, fused with the fragrance of  jasmine, rose and sandalwood.

Music by Pandit Jasraj 

By Kaladhara Dance School

Performer:Sonali Loomba


Garba(Wed,Oct 21-7PM)


In Sanskrit, ‘Nav’ means Nine and ‘Ratri ‘means  night. Thus, Navratri festival stands for nine nights and ten days of worshipping nine different avatars of Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga is a symbol of power and inner strength .


Todays performance is all about offering prayers to Goddess Durga . Dancers with devotion will address her as” Ambe Maa

By Bollypop Utah

Performers: Nishka kanitkar,Vidhi Pandya ,Siddhi Pandya ,Shaily Pandya 

Sarika Nayak and Isha Patel


Bengali Durga Bandana(Thu,Oct 22-7PM)

Sumanti is an Indian dancer and choreographer. She is a Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Folk & Bollywood dance teacher. She is very much passionate about dance. Earlier she was engaged in school as a dance teacher. Currently she runs a YouTube channel (Sumanti Mandal's Dance Studio).

Today she is going to perform Durga Bandana (Durge Durge Durgatinashini & Ogo Amar Agomoni)

Durga Puja Special Bengali Modern Song (Dugga Elo)

By – Sumanti Mandal’s Dance Studio


Bharathanatyam(Sat,Oct 24-10.45 AM)


Jyothsna Sainath will perform a Bharatanatyam Varnam on Devi as an offering around Navarathri. The Tamil piece, Maye Mayan Sodariye, in Thodi Ragam and Adi Talam, is a composition of Sri Madhurai N. Krishnan. As part of the piece, the devotee appeals to Devi to bestow her grace, by describing her as Maya, the one who rid the world of the evils of Mahishasura, and the one who is an embodiment of everything that is sacred in the arts. The choreography for the piece draws on work by Jyothsna's late Guru, Smt. Narmada

By – Nitya Nritya Dance Company

Performer: Jyothsna Sainath


Bharathanatyam(Sat,Oct 24-7PM)

Kargi Kala Kendra will be presenting two Bharatanatyam dances on this occasion.
1.  Margabandhu Sthothram: This is a prayer to Lord Shiva to show the right path. Lord Shiva as Margabandhu will protect all those who recite this sthothram with reverence while undertaking any journey. This song is written by Ayyappa Deekshitar and will be performed by students of  Kargi Kala Kendra

2. Gangai Kauthuvam: The Ganges river is most sacred in Hindu tradition. It is believed that bathing in river causes the forgiveness of transgressions and helps attain salvation. It is understood as the personification of Goddess Ganga. This song is written by Madurai Muralidharan as a Tribute to river Ganges. Students of Kargi kala Kendra will perform a beautiful dance for this song.

By Kargi Kalakendra

Performers:Students of Sudha Kargi

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Odissi and Bharathanatyam

(Sun,Oct 25-10.45 AM)

Odissi:  Artist : Malavika Singh

Invocation Piece in Odissi

Bharatanatyam:Starting with an invocatory piece and ending with Tillana all dedicated to various forms of the goddess.

Ganga Kirthanam - Ragam Hamsadhwani, composition of Sadashiva Bhramendra

Padam - Naan oru vilayattu bommaiyya ( am I merely your plaything, Oh Goddess)? Ragam Navarasa Kaaanada

Tillana - Valaji Ragam,. dedicated to Devi 

Performers:– Sanjana Sujeet, Priyanka Mathews, Srilatha & Makavika Singh


Mohiniyattam and Bharathanatyam

(Sun,Oct 25-7PM)

Bharatanatyam: Devargalai Kathidave (Raga Kedara Gowlai, Talam Adi, Composer Smt K Lalitha, Saraswati Gana Nilayam) 

Performer : Puja Iyer

This is a  Devi Krithi in Bharathanatyam style praising the greatness of Devi. It describes Devi dancing with Siva to the music witnessed by Ganesha and Karthikeya and blessing the world and her granting the boons to her devotees who seek her lotus feet.

Mohiniattam Style:Sakaladeva Nuthe (Raga Sri Ranjani, Talam Adi)  

Performers: Divya Narayanan and Manya Nair - On this occasion of Vidayramba, this is a original Sanskrit composition on  Sri Saraswati, Supreme Goddess, who holds the secret of all syllables in hymns, and who is the consort of Lord Brahma.  It goes on to describe the Devi and her lotus-like face that always wears a beautiful smile.

By Divya School of Dance

Performers:Divya Narayanan and Students

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