Navaratri celebrations later this month

Staff Reporter 

It would be nine nights of dancing, fun, food and family entertainment as Hindus observe Navaratri (or Dussera), an annual festival devoted to women and in praise of Goddess Durga.

Although essentially a Hindu observance, growing diversity and the sheer ‘sans religious’ nature of Navaratri is beginning to appeal to people of varied ethnicity and faiths.

Community worker Tapan Dave and popular Gujarati folk singer Ashish Dave are organising the nine-nights programme on behalf of ‘3D Events’ at S-enery Sports Centre, located at 44 Portage Road in the West Auckland suburb of New Lynn from September 21 to September 30, 2017 with nightly performances starting at 7pm.

Ashish Dave

Ashish Dave, who hails from Ahmedabad, has been singing folk songs for more than 30 years and his knowledge of Gujarati folk and Charani Sahitya (four types of presentation) is a source of inspiration to listeners of music.

Inspired by exponents of the art Ishardan Gadhvi and Atul Purohit Gujarati, Ashish revels in rendering ‘Chand Duha,’ captivating audiences in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch, apart from several cities in India.

Musical Journey

A Company Secretary by profession, he commenced his journey in the world of art as a flutist and keyboard. He is adept in rendering Gujarati folk songs at musical events and community festivities like Navaratri.

With more than 500 concerts to his credit, Ashish keeps audiences entertained and informed with anecdotes, stories and songs with a combination of piety and humour.

His ‘Rishabh Music New Zealand,’ with musicians on Dhol, Dholak, Keyboard, Octopad and Tabla will perform at each of the ‘Navaratri’ events at the S-enery Sports Centre.

For sponsorship, food stalls and other information, please call Ashish Dave on 021-565786, Tapan Dave on 022-188118. Himanshu Bhatt on 027-4452424 or Hiten Desai on 021-0483355.

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