Garba is a traditional Indian folk dance

Bollywood coming to Rolleston

by Mike Isle

The Indian Festival of Navaratri will be celebrated with a Kiwi twist at the Rolleston Community Centre on October 12.

Organised by a group of residents from Rolleston, with proceeds going to the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

Garba is a form of Indian folk dance commonly performed at festivals and other special occasions.

“It’s a joyful style of dance,” said Nishant Bahad who is helping organise the event.

“We wanted to bring the community together for a fun, family-friendly event to share elements of our culture,” Bahad said.

“There will be demonstrations and opportunities for everyone to join in and take part, including a best Garba dress competition.

“Although the event is free, we’ll be asking for donations, and holding raffles to raise money for the Cancer Society of New Zealand.”

Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the event.

The organisers have also arranged free Bollywood Garba dance lessons for the community to learn some basics and to warm up and get ready to rock at the big event.

The next free lesson is on Saturday, October 5, from 10.30am to 11.30 am at the Rolleston Community Centre.

GarbaRolls starts at 7pm on Saturday, October 12, at the Rolleston Community Centre.

It is the first event of its type held in Rolleston.