Or­gan­is­ers de­vise ‘silent’ garba to skirt noise pol­lu­tion norms

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Bella.Jais­ing­hani@ times­group.com

Mum­bai: The re­cent high court stric­tures on noise pol­lu­tion dur­ing fes­ti­vals have put fear in the minds of dan­dia or­gan­is­ers ahead of Navra­tra. At least two venues are de­vis­ing a “silent garba” by pro­vid­ing head­phones to all dancers af­ter the 10pm dead­line for loud­speak­ers.

Prom­i­nent among these is the Naidu Club dan­dia at Kora Ken­dra in Borivli. Or­gan­iser Ganesh Naidu said, “We have sourced so­phis­ti­cated head­phones cost­ing Rs 8,000 each that al­low three dif­fer­ent tracks to play simu­ta­neously. Dancers can choose from Gu­jarati folk, Hindi film and fu­sion tracks and their LED de­vice will light up in a par­tic­u­lar colour. They can join the group danc­ing to that beat. The Metro con­struc­tion work has caused such traf­fic jams that peo­ple who reach late can at least dance till mid­night with­out vi­o­lat­ing any rules.”

Asim­i­lar ef­fort is un­fold­ing at Ra­jma­hal Ban­quets in Malad. Owner Monesh Soni said, “We have sought the ex­per­tise of the tech­ni­cal ex­pert who first made silent disco pop­u­lar in the film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. We are likely to draw crowds who wish to dance well be­yond mid­night.”

Yet, Mum­bai’s big­gest garba or­gan­iser Deven­dra Shah of Sankalp had ex­per­i­mented silent garba with no less than Fal­guni Pathak in 2010 — and failed. He said, “Dan­dia is all about a live event, live singing and per­for­mances. There is syn­chro­ni­sa­tion between mu­si­cians and dancers. Af­ter the first two nights, hardly 100 or 200 par­tic­i­pants vol­un­teered. It was like watch­ing a dumb pa­rade. In a live mu­sic per­for­mance, play­ers dance with lots of en­ergy and fast move­ments. We found out it does not work and we gave up af­ter the ini­tial two-day ex­per­i­ment.”

Soni feels this could be be­cause old mo­bile phone ear­phones were used then. “These new head­phones do not fall off while danc­ing,” he said.

Dr Nimesh Me­hta, who is a con­sul­tant to the Kora Ken­dra silent garba, agrees that it is in­deed funny to watch play­ers dance while spec­ta­tors hear noth­ing.

“How­ever, our or­gan­i­sa­tion named Borivli Med­i­cal Broth­er­hood is also host­ing a silent garba for 200-300 doc­tors on Septem­ber 17,” he said.

In­door dan­dia events like the one at the Dome at NSCI, Worli, are also hop­ing to fill the gap, said owner Mazhar Na­di­ad­wala.

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