Hundreds of students gathered together in the Livingston Recreation Center on Friday, October 21st for Garba, an event hosted by the Association of Indians at Rutgers (AIR). Garba is an Indian dance that is usually performed during Navratri, a nine-day, Hindu festival where the nine forms of Shakti are worshipped. Everyone dressed up in colorful costumes that were often decorated with mirrors, beads, and embroidery for the women.
In between dances, Pooja Patel, a junior at Rutgers University, remarked, “I love everything about it, from the dressing up to dancing all night, it brings me to a happy place!” The energy built up throughout the night as everyone danced in circles around a statue of the Goddess Shakti, representing the cyclical view of time in Hinduism. A live band completed the night, performing a mix of both modern and traditional songs.