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 Dandiya Fever 

DandiyaNo festival is celebrated with as much enthusiasm, pomp, colour, gaiety and dance than Navratri, celebrated for nine nights in late September every year. The traditional Dandiya Raas or the Garba brings the entire community together, with men and women dressed in exotic clothes dancing in pairs. The dancers use painted wooden sticks that have tiny bells attached to them.

Over the years, the traditional dance form has developed modern overtones, with disco dandiya and rain dandiya gaining popularity. While almost every building society in Mumbai is lit up with the colour of Navratri dandiya, hardcore dancers prefer to frequent the city's hot Navratri spots like the Khar Gymkhana, JVPD Ground and Jashoda Rang Mandir, among others.

Celebrity Dandiya

* Amitabh Bachchan, Hritikh Roshan and Rakesh Roshan will create dance-o-mania at the Khar Gymkhana on September 23, 2000.

* Manisha Koirala, Raveena Tandon, Twinkle Khanna, Tabu, Malaika Arora and Pooja Batra will colour the celebrations at JVPD Ground in Juhu.

* Sharad Kapoor and Aditya Panscholi will dance at Millennium Navratri 2000 at Club Millennium.

* Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan can be caught live at the Ghatkopar Gujarati Samaj.

What's happening where?

Sankalp's Bollywood Navratri 2000: This will perhaps be the largest celebration with Daler Mehendi, Jaspinder Narula, Sunidhi Chauhan and Babul Supriyo to pep up the revellers. There are exciting prizes to be won every night - a motorbike and a Thomas Cook holiday package.
Venue: JVPD Ground, Behind Chandan Cinema, Juhu.

Millennium Group's Info Raas 2000: Playback Singer Vinod Rathod of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam's Doli Taro and Kishore Sodha will entertain with their melodies. Again great prizes to be won - computer courses, digital diaries, garments and even gold and diamond jewellery. Season tickets cost Rs 1200/-.
Nirmal Nagar Ground, Mulund West

Millennium Navratri 2000: This event has special performances by Saapna Mukherjee and Malkit Singh. Check out the bumper prizes - A Balero from Mahindra & Mahindra. Season tickets cost Rs 1000/- and daily tickets Rs 150/-. Venue: Club Millennium, JVPD Scheme, Vile Parle West

Juhu Jagruti: Parag Desai and his group Takita Dhin, will perform along with Nagin Bhai, a folk singer from Bharuch. Daily tickets are available at Rs 150/-. Some of the prizes include household goods and tours. Venue: Jashoda Rang Mandir, Near Mithibhai College, Vile Parle West.

Khar Gymkhana: This will be a very happening place with stars and politicians gracing the occasion. The event will be shown live on IN Cable. Venue: Khar Gymkhana.

Crazy Beats Navratri: Unlike its name, this will feature only traditional Gujarati songs and dandiya. Prizes include gold ornaments. Season tickets cost Rs 700/- and daily tickets Rs 100/- Venue: Goraswadi Ground, S V Road, Kandivli West.

Ghatkopar Gujarati Samaj: Exciting bumper prizes include a Maruti car, a foreign tour with Raj Travels, a Siemens washing machine and a diamond ring. Daily tickets cost Rs 100/-
Venue: Kookreja Ground, Vallabhbaug Extension Lane, Ghatkopar East.

Author: Anupama Vinayak

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