a8eededb05174aadfd74c846556130e7-2Navaratri festival is here and it’s time to celebrate it with dance, music, food offerings, and puja. Several organizations have lined up garba and dandia dances with live music. So take out your dandias, put on your chaniya cholis, kurtis, and jeans, and get ready to boogie to the beat of the dhol. Here are some venues you can go to: • Organized by Indian Cultural Association (ICA). Music by Master Dimple Patel and group; Sheetal Josipura; Madhvi and Asim Mehta. Sept. 22, 23, 29, 30; Oct. 7. 8 p.m.-12 p.m. Santa Clara Fairgrounds, Fiesta Hall, 344 Tully Rd., San Jose. $5 general. (408) 223-1774, (510) 438-9093, (510) 881-8770. • Organized by Gujarati Cultural Association (GCA). Music by Sharvari Dixit and troupe; Ritu and Sanjay; Master Dimple Patel and group. Sept. 22, 23, 29, 30; Oct. 6, 7. 8 p.m. $10 general. CSU, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. (510) 794-1143, (510) 886-6020.www.gcabayarea.com/events.htm • Organized by Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF). Music by Madhvi and Asim Mehta; Master Dimple Patel and Group, and, DJ Bimal. Sept. 23; Oct. 7. 7 p.m. Free garba and dandiya lessons with ticket purchase at the venue from 6-7 p.m. Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054. $10 early bird, $12 door. (510) 593-9240, (408) 719-1850. www.giftofvision.com • Organized by Jain Center of Northern California (JCNC). Music by Madhvi and Asim Mehta. Sept. 22. JCNC, 722 S. Main Street, Milpitas. 8-12 p.m. $9 general, $5 members. (831) 439-6450. www.jcnc.org • Organized by Charotar Leua Patidar Samaj (CLiPS). Music by Master Dimple Patel and group. Sept. 23, 30. 7:30-12:30 a.m. Holy Spirit Church Gymnasium, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. $5 general. Children under 5 free. (510) 790-1094, (510) 657-0257. www.clipsbayarea.org • Organized by VIBHA. Music by Sharvari Dixit and troupe. Sept. 29. 7:30 p.m. Cubberley Auditorium, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. $10 early bird, $12 door. (408) 306-2701. dandia@bayarea.vibha.org.http://bayarea.vibha.org/dandia • Organized by VIBHA. Music by Sharvari Dixit and Troupe. Sept. 30; Oct. 14. 7:30 p.m. San Jose State University, 1 Washington Square, San Jose. $10 earlybird,$12/door. (408) 306-2701. dandia@bayarea.vibha.org.http://bayarea.vibha.org/dandia • Organized by VIBHA. Free garba and dandiya lessons with ticket purchase. Sept. 23, 24; Oct. 7 at Supreme Court Athletic Club, Sunnyvale. • Organized by Badarikashrama. Music by Bharati Joshi and devotees. Sept. 29. 8 p.m. Badarikashrama, 15602 Maubert Ave., San Leandro. (510) 278-2444. www.badarikashrama.org • Organized by GOONJ and Association for India’s Development (AID). Music by Sharvari Dixit and troupe. Free garba and dandiya lessons with ticket purchase at the venue from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 16. 7:30 p.m. Campbell Community Center, Main Gymnasium, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell. $10 early bird, $12 door. (408) 644-2565. minal.sutaria@gmail.com. www.aidsfbay.org Compiled by Malini Patel

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