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Indian Dance Festival Raises Funds For The Less Privileged

Every year for the past 28 years, United Way Baroda has been organizing “Garba Mahotsav”, the biggest Garba event in India and one of the most awaited event in India, wherein dancers from all over the world participate. And every year its popularity increases. This year's Garba drew 35,000 dancers and more than 25,000 viewers each night for 9 days from 13th to 21st October 2015.

The funds raised from this event (approximately INR 6.5 million) will be allocated to various local affiliated NGOs benefitting economically poor, differently abled, children and senior citizens. One of United Way Baroda's flagship program is the Fusion Study Foundation, which provides the less privileged an opportunity for graduation and post-graduation in Engineering, Pure Sciences, Applied Sciences, Medical Science, Business Administration, Accountancy and various other streams of education, thanks to interest free loans covering all cost of college, hostel, traveling, books & stationery expenses. So far, 309 students have been supported through this program and 120 students have graduated. 

Key highlight from this year's event was Gujarat’s Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel visit to United Way Baroda’s Garba. She was highly impressed by the crowd and management of the event. 

What makes the event so successful is the unique Ambience & Decoration, our Online Registration, Shri Atul Purohit as the lead singer and daily attractive prizes for Garba players in different categories. It is because of the hard work of the Board members, Committee members, Staff and volunteers that the bar is raising every year by astounding amount of participation.”

Smita Maniar, United Way of Baroda’s Deputy Director

Garba is a form of dance that originated in the state of Gujarat and is performed during Navrati, a major Hindu festival dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. The festival symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, as in Hinduism, Durga famously destroyed the demon Mahishasura after a battle that lasted nine nights.

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