Kids play garba on song penned by PM

Modi had writ­ten this song 25 years ago

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT with agency in­puts

As var­i­ous parts of the coun­try cel­e­brates Navra­tri, a group of vi­su­al­ly­im­paired girls from Ahmed­abad’s Andh Kanya Prakash Gruh in­sti­tute per­formed the Garba dance form re­flect­ing the spirit of a song writ­ten by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi around 25 years ago.

While wish­ing peo­ple on Navra­tri, the Prime Min­is­ter posted a video of the per­for­mance by the girls.

“Touched to see this. The spirit of this Garba has been brought to life by these daugh­ters! Hope ev­ery­one’s hav­ing a blessed Navra­tri,” Mr

Garba is Gu­jarat’s wealth and its proud her­itage and tra­di­tion, the Prime Min­is­ter wrote in his song in Gu­jarati.

He fur­ther wrote, “Garba is truth... Garba is mother’s beau­ti­ful ‘ kumkum’ ( ver­mil­ion)... Garba is power, Garba is de­vo­tion.

Modi tweeted along with a link of the video.

The dance, which re­flects power of women and pre­sented around an im­age of God­dess Shakti — is com­monly per­formed dur­ing Navra­tri cel­e­bra­tions and on other spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

Though Garba orig­i­nated in Gu­jarat, it has be­come pop­u­lar in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try as well as in coun­tries hav­ing size­able num­ber of In­dian di­as­pora.

“Garba con­nects the en­tire world, gives it abun­dant joy and unites it with the na­ture. Garba is Gu­jarat’s wealth and its proud her­itage and tra­di­tion,” the Prime Min­is­ter wrote in his song in Gu­jarati.

He wrote — “Garba is Gu­jarat’s pride and iden­tity... Garba brings hap­pi­ness to peo­ple across the so­ci­ety — rich and poor, and it is a sym­bol of wel­fare.

“Garba is like a flute,

Garba is like feather of pea­cock... Garba is of Gu­jarat.

Garba is truth... Garba is mother’s beau­ti­ful ' kumkum’ ( ver­mil­ion)... Garba is power, Garba is de­vo­tion,” Mr Modi, who hails from Gu­jarat, wrote.

The song penned by Modi was re­flected in the per­for­mance by the girls from Andh Kanya Prakash Gruh — a school which cares for ap­prox­i­mately 200 vis­ually- im­paired girls.

It of­fers lodg­ing and board­ing and in- house fa­cil­i­ties in Braille ed­u­ca­tion up to Class 7.

It also of­fers fur­ther stud­ies up to board level and for Bach­e­lor and Mas­ters de­grees, girls at­tend lo­cal schools and col­leges meant for sighted stu­dents.

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