On Sunday 10th September, Shree Krishna Temple Bolton took a team of 10 girls to Leicester to take part in the Gujrati association Raas Garba Competition to compete against 20 teams from up and down the county… the group of girls performed incredibly, dressed as the iconic pair ‘Radhe-Krishna’ in colourful costumes and immaculate jewellery which brought the stage to life!
The group from Krishna Temple brought back not one but two trophies this year… winning the Raas competition and winning the trophy for best costume!
The team would like to thank Manisha Solanki for her excellent choreography and for training the girls for the past 3 months, also to Meena Patel who is the dance coordinator and treasurer of Bolton Mandhata Youth; the youth group that the participants are a part of and volunteer with to raise aspirations in young people and bring out the best in them though many fun, different and innovative ideas!
‘The atmosphere of the night was exuberant, as a young person performing on such a high level platform is a privilege, it feels brilliant to come out with such an amazing result after so much hard work and dedication from every member in the team! Competitions like these give young people the opportunity to show case their talent so that they are recognised on a national level, also the opportunity to make friends and networks to benefit them in the future!’ Jaya Patel- Bolton Mandhata Youth, Shree Krishna Temple Bolton
Raas Garba is traditional folk dance that originates from the north of India; Gujarat, performed with high energy, colourful costumes and breathtaking music! As the upcoming festival ‘Navaratri’ the Hindu 10 day festival is fast approaching, many competitions begin to take place across the country that involve men and women of all ages to liven the spirit of Navaratri and bring different parts of the country together though dance!