Madagascar: Indian community celebrates Navratri with Garba and Dandiya

The Indian community in Madagascar celebrates the nine day Navratri festival with traditional Garba, Dandiya and Gujarati music in the capital Antananarivo and in other towns like Mahajunga, Tomasina, Antsiranana across the country. Madagascar has a strong Indian diaspora with a population of 17,500, mostly from the state of Gujarat in India. The vibrant community has been engaged in commerce and commerce in the island country.

The Indian diaspora recently participated in the celebration of Navaratri which began on Thursday and performed Dandiya and Garba in this African country. Devotees dressed in colorful traditional ‘chaniya cholis’ and ‘saris’ were seen performing garba to folk tunes as an offering to the goddess Durga. The traditional Garba dance is usually performed during the evenings of the nine-day festival, which ultimately culminates in Dussehra.

Also known as Sharadiya Navratri, the occasion is believed to mark the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura, signifying the victory of good over evil. Earlier this year in March, Malagasy Prime Minister Christian Ntsay opened a special exhibition on the Indian diaspora in the country at the Indian embassy here to mark Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsava.

The exhibition is shown in different parts of Madagascar to increase awareness of Indian culture. A large Hindu temple is also under construction in Antananarivo, which is expected to open by the end of this year or early next year.

A permanent memorial for the Indian community in Madagascar is also under construction and is expected to be completed by next year. (ANI)

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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