Rain fails to dampen Surat’s garba spirit

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-10-01 15:42:00

imgSURAT: Heavy rains for two days threatened to turn the nine-day dance revellery into a damp squib, but the wet spell has not dented the enthusiasm of garba lovers.

Braving the showers and wading through waterlogged streets, people are turning up at different venues to swirl to the Navratri tunes.

It was after nearly five years that Navratri celebrations were on the verge of complete wash out due to late September rains. However, this year many organizers have taken care to organize their events either in indoors or covered by huge dome with airconditioner .

“Anticipating rainfall, we have been taking precautions every year and organizing our event in indoor venues. This year too we have a huge stadium where 15,000 people can be accommodated,” said Hiren Kakadia one of the organizers at Sarsana indoor stadium . “ Form day one, we have sizeable crowd and expect stadium to be full in coming few days,” he said.

Another organizer Danny Nirbang , who organized Navratri at Police Parade Ground in Athwalines this year for the police families said, “Open garba venues run the risk of washout. But, we were lucky as it started raining after the garba was over.”

Typical of last showers of monsoon, rainfall in the last five days has been in short spells and limited to some areas.

Surat recorded only 17 mm rain on Monday during day but more was predicted in the night.

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