Navratri is here and after two years of post-pandemic wait, Garba players are excited to get back on the pitch. What makes things even more interesting is that people are now looking to Instagram and YouTube to hone their skills. Some even learn on the internet to learn moves from scratch! That’s where Thangaat Garba comes in…with a fun twist!
Gujarati folk dance becomes “trendy” with Thangaat Garba; founders Parth Patel and Ankit Upadhyaya buzz on ‘Raas’ with music video collabs
Thangaat Garba was founded in 2018 with a clear goal: to globalize the traditional folk dance of Gujarat. And in order to realize this vision, founders Parth Patel and Ankit Upadhyaya collaborated with several influencers to maximize the reach of this dance form. Whether it’s collaborating with queen Garba Falguni Pathak for her music video Non-Stop Garba, or creating fun and engaging dance reels with eccentric Gujarati influencer Viraj Ghelani – these two have had some tricks. up their sleeve to entertain and educate.
The most recently released video with Falguni Pathak is his Non-Stop Garba video which is over an hour long with a dozen songs. Collaborating with her is like a dream come true for them. As assistant choreographers, they worked really hard to set the right steps and get the right aesthetic for her popular numbers which she sings during Navratri in Mumbai. Parth Patel says, “It’s just an honor to be able to share a platform with Falguni Pathak. Whether it’s on stage winning prizes or choreographing and planning a video with her. I am grateful that Thangaat Garba has come such a long way.
Amit Trivedi’s New Navratri hymn ‘Dhol’ also has Thangaat Garba as part of it. Both Parth and Ankit were shortlisted as part of the dance troupe and were able to perform with one of the country’s top music makers. Not only that, Thangaat Garba also collaborated with Pratik Gandhi for The Great Indian Murder web series on Hotstar. The Garba duo also choreographed a dance video for Himali Naik Vyas’ single “Chunari” by Sur Sagar Music which became very popular on the internet, as well as Bhoomi Trivedi’s Ta-Thaiyaa Raas Garba. In 2021, their collaboration was successful with Naitik Nagda & DJ Rink.
Their dance to Gangubai Kathiyawadi’s popular song “Dholida” with Viraj Ghelani was well received. Alongside, they helped Sonal Devraj with Madhuri Dixit for the Amazon Prime Music Video promotion of ‘Boom Padi’ from the upcoming movie Majama.
“This year we are beyond excited to perform and perform with Queen Garba Falguni Pathak at Borivali as this is happening after a long stretch of almost 3 years. We are looking forward to an exciting and fun Navratri this year in Borivali, Mumbai,” said Ankit Upadhyaya. Their internet presence rose to prominence long ago when in 2019, 2020 and 2021 – Thangaat Garba launched the first online Garba courses on its website www.thangaatgarba.com. With pre-shot garba tutorial videos, they have provided a subscription model for students to sign up and learn basic and advanced garba. More than 500 registrations via www.thangaatgarba.com in two years.
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