Hindus---what is the difference between garba and garbi.........?

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    1) Garba, Garbi and Mishra Garbi:

    Garba is essentially a women’s dance. Garbi is performed only by men and when the dance is performed by men and women its call Mishra Garbi.

    (i) The folk dance of Gujarat:

    Garba is similar to Social Dancing. The literal meaning of Garba is inside the earthenware lamp. It comes from the Sanskrit word Garba Deep.

    Garba dance is performed during Navratris - the nine auspicious nights - wherein the Goddess Ambaji is worshipped.

    The nine forms of Goddess Durga are Bhadrakali, AMBA or Jagdamba, Annapurna, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandika, lalita and Bhavani. In Gujarat the main deity is Ambaji - the Mother of the World. Playing with colours is also a part of the tradition.

    The Ambajis Idol is placed in the middle of the circle of boys and girls. The entire dance goes round and round the Goddess Idol. The modern Garba is a reflection of the Ras Dance.

    (ii) Tatwa of Garba Dance:

    The Garbo or the earthen pots has holes in it all around. Light within signifies Knowledge. The Concept of Garbo is linked to micro and macro. Moving around in circle signifies the never ending cicle of creation, maintenance and destruction of the human body and things around it. The songs used in the dance are the traditional Gujarati songs sung by Gujarat Singers.

    (iii) Costume of Garba Dancers:

    Women wear bright colored Chaniya Cholis- long skirts with tops, and men wear the dress known as Kedias. Sea shells, heavy embroidery, and dyed colors are the trademark of the Garba Dancers.Kamkha, Chudla, Kedia and Modjee are the part of the dress.

    2) Garba:

    Symbolically, Garbo means an earthen pot and this has many holes around it. The word “garbo” is derieved from “Garbh-deep”. Subsequent derivation is “Garbho” and “garbo garba” means “ghado”(pot),which is imaginatively termed as “Brahmand”. A lamp lit within “Ghado” is indicative of continuity of life. Thus garbo is a symbol of worship of and devotion to a “Adya-Shakti” who is the mother of the universe: Jagdamba.

    Thus during the nine nights of Navratri, in village streets as well as urban localities, Garba are played after hours of cow dust upto midnight. Ghee and oil lamps are lit in front of Mataji’s Sthanak which is put in the chowk. Women play Garba in circle around the Goddess. Garba are prayers in praise of devotion to Mataji. Musical instruments like Dhol, khanjari. Manjira, Harmonium are used.

    Garba songs are composed by folk poet and are lyrical poems sung in praise of Lord Krishna. Singing in chores is an invariable accompaniment of garba Nrtiya. Other forms of Garba are Deevo, Ghado and Garbi.

    Garba deep or votive lamp symbolizes Mataji's energy. The dancers move around it in a circle to invoke Her blessings. In variations of this format, dancers may carry earthen pots on their heads with lights in them, or carry small lamps in their hands. Sometimes the pots are placed inside a small wooden frame called a mandavdi, and decorated with flowers or colored cloth, which is then carried on the dancer’s head.

    Garba is also performed at many auspicious occasions and social events.

    During the nine nights of the festival, Garbas are at temples, community centers, and nightclubs, and Garba competitions on stage. An evening of Garba goes on for hours, often well past midnight, and involves numerous Garba songs to which the dance is based. Any number of dancers may participate, and people join and exit the dance as they please.

    Most of the Garba songs are in praise of the Goddess, but other themes have come into use, like the stories of Krishna. They usually are led by one singer who first sings each line, which is then repeated by the other singers. The dholak drum and the harmonium are typical instruments for Garba music.

    Dancers usually accompany their movements with clapping, but sometimes snap their fingers. When pots are carried, there is no clapping, but just steps and body movements. There are a number of body movements, steps, arm movements, and ways of clapping, in the traditional form of Garba.

    3) Garbi:

    Garbi is a form of Garba. The main difference between Garbi and Garba is that mostly women participate in Garba whereas Garbi is sung by men only, with vigor and gusto. Circular movements with mainly actions of speed and grace are the main attractions. The noted poet Zaverchand Meghani has mentioned that around Garbi (Wooden Mandavdi) men sing and dance rythmically in measured steps. Dandiya, Dhol, Nargha and manjira are used in Garbi.

    It is mostly held on religious festivals such as Janmashtami etc. Garbi is one kind of Raas, and its songs have force and rhythm.

    The Garbi is a dance in honour of Amba Mata, like Garba, but it is danced only by men and some times with women too but when Garbi is performed by men its call Garbi and when it is performed by men and women its call Mishra Garbi . Sometimes the central lamp is placed in a mandavdi. In cases where the dancers carry a mandavdi, it is often larger and more elaborate (and heavier) that those carried by women in the Garba. The Garbi is never danced with pots.

    Most Garba songs can be used for the Garbi. There are also some songs used only for the Garbi. Men perform in their traditional clothing, the dhoti worn with a shirt, or with a bare upper body. The dance is punctuated with clapping or snapping the fingers.

  • very interesting question:

    Garba is both a pot as well as form of Dance and Garbi is the name give to all ten day celebrations happening as Garba. Garbi is also one wooden stand upon which the Garba pot is put and Aarti for mataji is sung and then the Dance of Garba takes place

    Garba is the Container pot like any pot but one difference, with porous holes all over.

    In Garba, a wick is lighted up and lid is put.

    Garba is also lyrics and sung when devotees sing and dance around the Garbi.

    Garbi is explained above preceding Garba.

    when Garbi was performed in original form, the males used to dance and singe moving around the Garba Stand with Garba lighted and placed on stand.

    Presend day Garba and Garbi are just dazzling lights and deafening sounds. or blaring songs. that disturbs the night sleep of residents, participants and simply denotes that some Catharsis is happening by professional dancers perfomers, and celebrity presence.

    The element of worship and devotion is mission, though the glamourous presentation and rendition is there.

    The soul of the Garbi is gone and only Mummified Body decorated is present.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Interesting Question.

    Garba (dance), a form of dance originating in Gujarat, India. The term "garba" (Sanskrit: garbha) holds the semantic field 'womb' and is part of the Sanskrit compounds: Hiranyagarbha, Tathagatagarbha, Garbhagriha (Sanctum sanctorum) and Garbhadhatu. Garbi may be a singer. hahhaaa...

    what a great answer from shri srividyarajagopalan sir !! wonderful. i go with his answer (no other go)

  • 9 years ago

    Very simple Garba[male] Garbi [female]

    @ vidya raja gopalan ,once again read your answer, one mistake is there,

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  • 9 years ago

    Hiranya garba garbastam hemabeejam vibhavaso

    anantha punya phaladam adha santim prayachame

    Here 'garba' means conceive. 'Garbi' may be a dance, I am not sure.

  • 9 years ago

    garba and garbi are tented people. garaba male, garibi female. They will go from one place to another often.

  • amo
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    What Is Garba

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