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Dandiya Dhamaka

Friday, September 30, 2011

Get ready to dance the night away to the festive beats and dress up in the latest trends for Navratri this year. Rhea Dhanbhoora & Samreen Samad tell you where to shop for outfits, Navratri fashion trends and the best places to show off your dandiya skills

Literally meaning nine nights, Navratri is a festival related to the worship of Goddess Durga and her various forms. It’s one of the most celebrated festivals on the Hindu calendar, as it signifies the destroying of the evil force by Durga. It is celebrated with zeal and fervor with activities such as dandiya and garba raas. This Navratri, we give you a one stop guide of where to go, how to dress and how to pamper your aching soles after a night of festivity.

DANCE
Kora Kendra 2011
From 6.30pm every night, get ready to groove to the beats of Jayesh Desai, Preety Gandhi, Ketul Patel and Nilesh Thakkar. Presented by Naidu club, the large celebration will help you get into the mood with days of music to help you dance the night away.
Where: Kora Kendra Grounds Near Fly Over, Borivali (W)
Contact: 9769385111 / 9322828282 / 9029591777
Entry: Weekdays: `360; Weekends: `450; Season pass: `2,250
 
Vardhman’s Ekta Navratri
Fun is free and the organisers of Ekta Navratri know that. So, if you don’t want to spend big bucks and just want to have a good time, Vardhaman’s Ekta Navratri at Borivali is the place to be. Groove to the music of Bhumi Trivedi (2nd runner up on Indian Idol), Chetan Rana (K for Kishore fame) and versatile singer Kapil Pushkarna and mingle with a crowd of around 25,000 people.
Where: Ekta Ground, opp Kora Kendra ground-2, R. M Bhattad Marg, Borivali (W)
When: September 28 to October 6
Entry: Free
 
Sankalp
Dandiya queen Falguni Pathak is performing again this year at Sankalp in Goregoan. This time the stage is going to bigger and better than ever. Dance to Gujarati folk music and Bollywood tunes with singer Falguni. And don’t worry about safety as there are CCTV cameras installed everywhere to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Where: Goregoan Sports Club, adjacent to Toyota Showroom, Malad (West)
Entry: Weekdays: `350; Weekends: `750; Season pass: `2,500
 
Ghatkopar Police Grounds
Popular singers Preeti and Pinky will be performing after 2 years in Ghatkopar. Expect a lot of folk and devotional songs by the duo and dance the night away.
Where: Ghatkopar Police Ground, Ghatkopar
Entry: Weekdays: `250; Weekends: `400; Season pass: `1,500
 
Navratri Raas Garba
Dance with the celebs at Navratri Raas Garba in Kandivali this year. Rajendra Gadvi and Hemangi Zaveri will be performing everyday and a celebrity will add glamour to the event every evening. Himesh Reshamiya fans can catch him on Saturday.
Where: Charkop, sector 7 ground, Kandivali (W)
Entry: Weekdays: `300; Weekends: `450; Season pass: `1,500
 
SHOP
Chunky Accessories
If you want to get the complete look or just gift someone something nice this Navratri, Craftsvilla is the perfect place to head down to. From pretty oxidised necklace sets with matching earrings and stylish gungroos to payals and kadas, the website has something for everyone. Crafstvilla supports artisans by providing employment and bringing their art form back into focus, so it’s about more than simply gorgeous handmade products. Log on to complete your outfit.
Where www.craftsvilla.com
Price Ranges from `299 — `599
 
RELAX
After you’ve danced your way weary, it’s time to cool down and pamper your aching soles a little bit. Take your pick from our list of some of the best foot massages and treatments in the city:
 
Sohum Spa: The spa is not only a great place to get treatments, there’s another reason you must head down here this Navratri to pamper your feet. The spa has a festive offer for a variety of their treatments including a 50% discount up to October 16 on foot reflexology. Perfect after a night of dancing.
Where Vainkuthlal Mehta Road, Juhu Contact 61396000 / 61396099
 
Sukho Thai: They offer some of the best foot massages and treatments in the city. Get ready to relieve your stress and relax and rejuvenate those tired soles with their services. You can choose from the Traditional Foot Massage to the Foot Massage with hot stones.
Where Turner Road, Opp Tawa Restaurant, Bandra (W)
Contact 9820200810 
 
Aura Thai Spa: Indulge in their traditional Thai massage and sit back and let the experts work their magic on your entire body. From your hands and legs to your knees and feet, you can be sure that all your tiredness is eased away here.
Where Arthur Bunder Road, Azmi Marg, opposite Basilico, Colaba
Contact 65204444
 
Aroma Thai: The foot spa will help melt all your aches and pains away. They have a range of treatments from foot massages and a special aroma massages to a full body massages if you’re in need of some heavy spa treatments.
Where Tirupati Apartments, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, Cumballa Hill Contact 23536601, 9773202626
 
Myrah Spa: It might be placed in a buzzing locality but you can forget the world when you are here. From foot reflexology massages to a variety of foot treatments, head down and let the experts work some magic into your weary joints.
Where 11 Palm Spring Society (near Shoppers Stop), JVPG Scheme, Juhu Contact 26253968
 
RENT CLOTHES
If you don’t have fancy chaniya cholis and kafni pyjama with kediyu to wear for the garba raas. Don’t stress. Here’s a list of shops you can hire garba outfits from:
Gem Dresswala: Shop No 1 and 2, Moonlight Shopping Centre, Near Vishal Hall, Andheri-kurla Road, Andheri East.
Mangalal Dresswala: 95 A, Shanti Niketan, New Marine Lines, Kalbadevi; Swastik Plaza, V M Road, Juhu Vile Parle, Near Sahakari Bhanda
 
BRINGING SEXY BACK
Back Polish: Get ready for the season with the perfect back to make all your outfits look great with the free back polish treatment offer from Schnell Hans Salon & Spa. Avail of treatments worth `1,500 and you get the free back polish treatment. If you’re visiting for the first time, they’re giving you 10% off as well.
When Up to October 16
Where Shoeb Manzil, New Kantwadi Road, Bandra (W)
Contact 26418875, 26418906, 22999562
 
Back-Glow Spa: Rebirth Spa introduces a host of special back treatments for all those who want to carry off the backless chaniya choli look with a perfect back. They have a variety of treatments available at the store for `1,495. They also come home and do a special treatment for you, for `1,735. Head down for 45 minutes to a fabulous back.
When Ongoing W
Where Rebirth Bandra and Powai
Contact 66712646/67107121
 
NAVRATRI FOR THE DEAF
Now in its twentieth year, the Navratri Navyuvak Mandal for the deaf is back this year and it’s bigger than ever. The garba festival is held every year exclusively for the deaf community in the city. The festival includes a full day programme, snacks and refreshments as well as dandiya and garba, a movie show about the festival in pictures and a lucky draw along with dinner. The event is held in order to include the deaf into the festivities this season and is a great initiative. Log on to their website for more details about the program.
When October 6
Where Bhutta High School, Vile Parle (E)
Contact http://www.navratri
fordeaf.com/aboutus.html
 
TIPS
Make sure you flaunt an ethnic, stylish look this Navratri by picking the most fashionable outfits. Designer duo Riddhi & Siddhi Mapxencar give us a few tips:
  • Kurtis are the best bet and the latest styles of designer kurtis are undoubtedly chic and at the same time they manage to retain that traditional appeal for festivals.
  • It’s best to choose materials such as silk or raw-silk, silk cotton, shimmer georgette and crepe silk. Since Navratri is a vibrant festival, there’s no need to be cautious or worry about colours that are too bright.
  • Bright colours such as orange, purple and yellow are very trendy during Navratri. It’s best to pick a kurti with just one part that has an embroidered pattern rather than the entire kurti featuring ornate workmanship.
  • You can also wear kurtis that flaunt bold embroidered and heavily embellished motifs during Navratri. Get such a stylish kurti and pair it with a pair of slim fit denims, skinny jeans, capris or a pair of leggings for an Indo-Western fusion look along with ethnic accessories for that touch of ethnic appeal.
  • Try out different ways of draping your dupatta across the front, the back, knotted at one end, over just one side — try to create a new, unusual silhouette that will breathe added appeal into your ghaghra choli outfit.
NAVRATRI MIDNIGHT BUFFET
This year, you can refresh yourself after a full night of partying at the Navratri Midnight Buffet at Mesa Bistro. There’s a range of delicious vegetarian goodies at the restaurant with an array of Indian, Oriental and Continental bites served with a host of refreshing drinks. The buffet is at an attractive price of `399, so don’t hesitate to head down here for that indulgent midnight snack.
When 10.30 pm — 1.30 am
Where Mesa Bistro, Svenska Design Hotels, Andheri (W)
Contact 44310000

Nine colours of Durga Navratri
Pratipada: September 28, (Wednesday) — Blue
Dwitiya/Tritiya: September 29 (Thursday) — Yellow
Chaturthi: September 30 (Friday) — Green
Panchami: October 1 (Saturday) — Grey
Sashti: October 2(Sunday) — Orange
Saptami: October 3(Monday) — White
Ashtami: October 4(Tuesday) — Red
Navami: October 5 (Wednesday) — Purple
Vijayadasami: October 6 (Thursday) — Pink
 

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