Navaratri 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 Mandir. Music by Soor Sarita group (Vipul Patel, Vinod Shah) and Siddarth Pathak & Group. Sept. 22, 23, 29, 30; Oct. 6, 7. 8 p.m. Mandir, 16540 Aston St., Irvine. (949) 852-8787, (949) 589-0744. www.mandir.ws • Organized by Pasadena Hindu Temple and Heritage Foundation. Sept. 23. 8 p.m.-12 p.m. Arcadia Community Center Hall, 365 Campus Dr., Arcadia. $10. Under 6 free. (626) 308-1740. • Organized by UCI. Nov. 3. Bren Events Center, Irvine. www.irvineisc.com • Organized by UCLA. Oct. 25, 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Ackerman Grand Ballroom (park in Lot 6).www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/bharat/events.htm • Organized by Gujarati Association of San Diego. Sept. 23. 7:30 p.m. SDSU, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego (Montezuma Hall). (858)279-5677.www.gasdonline.org • Organized by Gujarati Association of San Diego. Music by Hemant Mehta. Sept. 29. 7:30 p.m. San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego. (858) 279-5677.www.gasdonline.org Compiled by Malini Patel