Traditional Navaratri costumes.
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Dust off the dandiya sticks and ghagra choli costumes, Navratri is here and it's time to dance! Mumbai has a large Gujarati population so the festival is widely celebrated with huge dance spectaculars, including live bands and singers. The shows take place on each of the nine nights of Navratri from October 5-13, 2013.
This year, there's been some major changes to the city's events and venues. Renowned singer Falguni Pathak (affectionately known as the "Dandiya Queen") is performing at a new venue at the Police Parade Ground in the eastern suburb of Ghatkopar, as opposed to her usual location of Goregaon in the west. This has unfortunately caused the Jain Jagruti Center to cancel its 15 year old event at the Hockey Ground in Ghatkopar, due to concerns over the tough competition.
Tickets for the Ghatkopar Mangal Navaratri 2013, where Falguni Pathak is performing, are available online from Bookmyshow. It starts at 6 p.m. nightly and the cost ranges from 400 rupees for one night up to 3,500 rupees for a season pass.
Other venues where the celebrations are happening on a grand scale include:
- Naidu Club at the Korakendra Ground, Borivali West. In addition to regular Navaratri songs performed by TV show singers, Gujarati comedian Nilesh Thakkar will provide some humor. There are daily garba dance competitions with huge cash prizes. Tickets cost from 360 rupees per night up to 3,300 rupees for a season pass and can be purchased online here.
- Broadscope Navratri at Kaamgar Krida Mandal, Dadar West. For the first time this year in south Mumbai, this event has been organized for the benefit of "Aashiyana" (an old age home NGO) and will be the biggest in the area. Maneesha Savla and The Beaters are performing. Ticket prices range from 400 rupees to 1,500 rupees. They are available online from Bookmyshow.
- Ekta Navaratri at Ekta Ground, Borivali West. This popular free event, into its third year this year, has performances by Preeti and Pinky. Extra security is being deployed to ensure women's safety.
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