Sing si­lent night, garba night

In a first of its kind, a si­lent dan­dia night seeks to com­bat noise pol­lu­tion by us­ing head­phones

Mid Day - - PLANNER - KUSUMITA DAS kusumita.das@mid-day.com Am­boli Am­bardekar, or­gan­iser

IN one of the most re­called scenes from the Ran­bir KapoorAnushka Sharma star­rer Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, we see the two get their groove on in a si­lent disco, that shows ev­ery­one danc­ing with their head­phones on. The track that plays in the back­ground, The Breakup Song, went on to top the charts and still con­tin­ues to be a party hit. It is from this song that Am­boli Am­bardekar got the idea of or­gan­is­ing what’s be­ing touted as the world’s first si­lent garba, for the up­com­ing dan­dia nights dur­ing Navra­tri.

The 25-year-old is the di­rec­tor of Ra­jma­hal Ban­quets, a pop­u­lar garba venue, that has been their fam­ily busi­ness. “Ev­ery year we do dan­dia nights and they are al­ways fun. But, this year I wanted to try some­thing dif­fer­ent and of­fer dancers some­thing ex­cit­ing to look for­ward With the hor­rific rise in the num­bers of Blue Whale prompted deaths, a ses­sion is be­ing or­gan­ised that ad­dresses how par­ent­ing can fight it. Psy­chi­a­trists have pinned the pri­mary cause be­hind Blue Whale ad­dic­tion, to be de­pres­sion. This ses­sion, ti­tled to. When I saw the Breakup Song in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil ear­lier this year, I toyed around with the idea of trans­lat­ing the same con­cept for a dan­dia night, in­stead of a disco night. And here we are!” says Am­bardekar, who did her MBA from NMIMS. They roped in the same head­phone man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany that pro­vided the si­lent disco head­phones to the Karan Jo­har film as well. Each head­phone comes with three tracks. “Track 1 is for Gu­jarati folk, track 2 has only Bol­ly­wood garba songs while Track 3 is a mix of both. Each track is colour­coded. The neon lin­ing on the head­phone is in­dica­tive of which track is play­ing at that point,” ex­plains Am­bardekar. Each track will have about 40 songs un­der the spe­cific genre. “The way the songs are play­ing one af­ter an­other in each track, is synced. Dancers will need to iden­tify peo­ple play­ing the track that matches theirs and go with the flow.” Par­ent­ing and the Blue Whale chal­lenge, will help par­ents glean in­sights on the chal­lenges of dig­i­tal ad­dic­tion, on­line gam­ing, peer group pres­sures, psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues, stress and sui­ci­dal ten­den­cies.

While the in­door ban­quet hall can ac­com­mo­date a crowd of 1,500, or­gan­is­ers ex­pect no less than 1,200 reg­is­tra­tions. “Peo­ple are show­ing a great amount of in­ter­est in the con­cept, es­pe­cially young­sters. Also, ow­ing to the fact that a si­lent garba would be free of noise pol­lu­tion, more en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious peo­ple want to sign up,” she says.

We ask about the health reper­cus­sions of us­ing head­phones at a stretch for three hours. “The head­phones man­u­fac­tured by this com­pany took over five years to de­velop. It com­bines the tech­nol­ogy of Ja­pan and Ger­many. From Karan’s team to us, and sev­eral si­lent dis­cos around the world use their head­phones specif­i­cally for this pur­pose. We have tested it too and we can as­sure you of the sound qual­ity. Be­sides, if at all it gets too much for a dancer, they al­ways have the op­tion of tak­ing a break. The con­cept is new, and peo­ple might take a lit­tle while to warm up to it. But once the stum­bling blocks are out of the way, I be­lieve the ‘si­lent’ trend has a great power to catch on.”

ILLUSTRATION/ RAVI JAD­HAV

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