The Great India Dandiya Fest, an initiative by 3Rock, Klear and other investors, which began last year in Dubai. It is an effort to gather Indian, Gujarati population residing in Dubai and getting them in touch with their culture. Indian events such as Holi and Dandiya have been celebrated by indian immigrants in Dubai, on a rather large scale.
The Great Indian Dandiya fest is one such event, a dance extravaganza with some of the greatest Indian singers rocking the evening with a blend of traditional Gujarati and Bollywood songs, which have the people tapping their feet and clanking their dandiya sticks.
Before the event, the singer of Ram Chahe Leela, confirmed that she was going tot be singing some “rooted gujarati folk songs and mix them up with hit Bollywood numbers”. Singer, Avez Darbar had been put in-charge of directing the band and the singer, who also included Sarah Mehta, Chaula Soda and Shantilal Raniga.
At the event, people were seen in vibrant ethnic attires, dancing to Gujarati folk songs and Bollywood songs such as Teri Deewani brilliantly paired with Garba music.
When we caught up with Bhoomi Trivedi, who is famous for singing Bollywood songs and as a runner up of Indian Idol, we asked her about her fondness for singing Gujarati songs and performing at the events. She said that singing for a crowd that dances to her voice is an amazing feeling. She also added “I’m really excited to be here and we have such talented singers here”.
Bhoomi also let us in on a little secret of hers. Although, she was interested in singing since the tender age of 2, and had started to record her pieces by the age of four. She was never really interested in sining Gujarati songs. When he parents noticed her keen interest in singing, it made them happy as they too have a musical background. They supported her and Bhoomi says that her parents invested a lot of effort into making their children’s careers.
When her mom use to take her to Garba festivals in Gujrat, the singer of Dance Ke Legends didn’t enjoy the scene. In fact, she confesses that she use to take her homework to stage and use to end up on the dancing grounds rather than learning the art of singing songs from her mother.
When Trivedi’s mother realised that she was not interested in singing cultural folk songs, she took the matter seriously and in Bhoomi’s words her mother taught her the “Importance of being Gujarati” and loving one’s identity. That is how Bhoomi came to grow fond of performing at grab events.
She gave her absolute best at the Great Indian Dandiya Fest 2016 season 2. The event hosted in Zabeel Park, Dubai, UAE attracted an estimate of 3 thousand people, who gathered to celebrate their culture.
Photography Credits: Nick Photography