The Indian Sub-Continental Club at UC Irvine Proudly Presents
The Fifth Annual Intercollegiate Garba Competition on the West Coast
GARBA WITH ATTITUDE
WHAT: National Intercollegiate Garba/Raas Competition
WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 2007
Lobby Opens at 5:00pm
Show Begins at 5:30pm
WHERE: Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A.
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
TICKETS: $20 Orchestra Seating
$18 Balcony Seating
Contact Narmisha Patel at [email protected] for more information;
Tickets available starting January 2007
INFO: [email protected]
TEAMS: Boston University, Fatakadas
Cornell University, Big Red Raas
Michigan State University, Wizard of Raas
Northwestern University, NU Raas
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Draastic Measures
University of Illinois at Chicago, Dangeraas
University of Texas at Austin, Kaachi Keri Nuh Raas
University of California, Berkeley, Raas n Roll
University of California, Irvine, Mitraas
University of California, Los Angeles, Bataka Nu Shaak
LOS ANGELES, CA – This February, the Indian Sub-Continental Club (ISC) at UC Irvine proudly invites the public to attend the
fifth annual Garba With Attitude, the premiere garba/raas competition on the West Coast. The event will be held in its largest
venue yet - the prestigious Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex in the heart of Los Angeles, CA - and it will host
the nation’s ten best teams to compete for $3,500 in cash prizes. In past years, Garba With Attitude has raised over $10,000 for
various charities. This year all proceeds will be donated to Phoenix Relief, a charity whose mission is to provide medical
treatment for people living in India’s underdeveloped regions.
Garba is an elegant, partner based folk dance originating from the culturally rich western state of Gujarat in India. The
choreography of garba incorporates rhythmic clapping, graceful arm movements, complex combinations of steps, and evolving
circular and linear formations. Raas, a dance form which accompanies garba, similarly involves these dynamic components in addition to dandias, handheld pairs of decorated sticks used for keeping beats and patterns. The beauty of garba and raas is
exemplified by the traditional costumes dancers wear on stage and the upbeat music the dance is performed to. The costumes
are splashed with intricate designs and vibrant colors, and the lively, fast-paced songs and musical beats of love, devotion,
victory, valor, and many other golden moments of daily occurrences intensify the performance.
Originally both simple in its formations and meaning, the dances have grown into a complex performance art highly influenced
by Western dance and the growing changes within today's society. Today, more modern forms of raas and garba often fuse
musical beats, acrobatic stunts, and dance styles of the West in recreational and competitive atmospheres. Garba With Attitude
is an ideal place for diverse groups to exhibit and preserve Gujarati culture and heritage.
This February, ten outstanding performance teams, chosen from an audition pool of eighteen applicants, will have the
opportunity to bring pride to their team and university as Garba With Atittude 2007 Champions. The first place winner of this
competition will be able to advance to highest level to compete in Best of the Best in Chicago (www.bobchicago.com) – a
competition that only allows first place winners of select Garba, Hindi Film Dance, and Bhangra competitions to take part.
The mixture of new talent and past winners will demand for the most creative artistry from all the teams yet.
In its fifth year, Garba with Attitude audiences will be dazzled by the glimmer of exotic costumes, romanced by the social
quality of the dance form, captured by the creative energy of the competition, and truly intrigued by a whirlwind of Gujarati
culture and beauty.
The Indian Sub-Continental Club, founded in 1985, is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to unite various communities
through the advocacy of respect, understanding, friendships, and cultural awareness. It helps fundraise for Garba With Attitude,
among other smaller events every year so that diverse communities in Southern California may come together. For more
information, please visit http://www.irvineisc.com.
Phoenix Relief was founded by five undergraduate students at the University of California, Irvine with a mission to improve the
quality of life in India for those who face dire circumstances. In its first year of operation as a non-profit charity, recognized by
the IRS, Phoenix Relief will focus on one mission for the year: Mission Bidada. The main objective will be to raise funds to
supply medical supplies and equipment for a group of 25 volunteer doctors and other qualified volunteers who will dedicate
their time and services to the unfortunate in India. This medical camp will begin in Kutch, Gujarat, a western state in India. For
more information, please visit http://www.garbawithattitude.com/charity.html.
Copyright © 2006-2007 Garba With Attitude
Official Website: http://www.garbawithattitude.com
Added by seesharanrun on January 9, 2007