Navaratri means “nine nights” in Sanskrit. Nava means “nine” and Ratri means “nights”. During these nine nights and 10 days, nine forms of the powers Shakti or Devi are worshiped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Dussehra, a festival celebrated on the last day of navaratri, an important festival of India’s state Gujarat.

The Desi Student Association (DSA) of UMass Boston recently organized the first Navaratri night on Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event was an effort by the members of the association to spread the rich culture of India among the people of Boston. The event started by singing prayers and worshiping the Goddess Amba. Everyone present there did aarti (a spiritual offering to the goddess by lighting diya/candles) of the goddess one by one. Once the preaching was over, people started doing Garba (the traditional folk dance of the Gujarat state of India, which is also performed by people during navaratri) to Gujararti folk songs in a circle around the goddess. They performed the three types of Garba: one clap, two clap and raas. I must admit it was very beautiful; it was truly mesmerizing and visually enthralling.

Most of attendees and dancers were dressed in traditional clothes that were amazing and beautiful. The most eye-catching part about the event was all the students, Americans, Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis, and Africans, no matter what nationality or culture, they all got together and danced to the beats of Indian folk music. They enjoyed the culture of India, ate Indian food, did aarti and appreciated each other’s company. The event ended with a smile on everybody’s faces, showing the joy they experienced at the event. It was a beautiful event that took me back to India, and it is a memory that I will cherish all my life.

I have also re-tweeted few tweets,which are relevant to this event or Navaratri. My first re-tweet is about how and which goddess are worshiped during nine days of Navaratri.

My second re-tweet describes different shades of goddess Durga ,which are worshiped.

Fourth tweet is a snap from one of the navaratri event from Mumbai ,where people are performing Garba(Traditional folk dance of Gujarat).

My fifth tweet is of Steven Fulop Mayor of New Jersey ,describing his excitement for upcoming Navaratri event in New Jersey.

A glance of rich,beautiful and colorful dresses wore in Navaratri and rehearsals with the dresses.

Navaratri time to celebrate womanhood.

My next re-tweet discusses about “Victory good over evil”

There are several competitions and contests held during Navaratri which are fascinating for everyone .

Further,covering event with Twitter made things easy to describe and helped in capturing every moment of the event.I covered all photos ,moments or videos of entire event and posted it on twitter.There’s no doubt that Twitter is a useful tool for news organizations.For some journalist  Tweeting,seems like “one more thing” added to an already busy day.Twitter can be a powerful tool for finding story ideas and keeping up with news.Twitter is a great tool for seeing how people are reacting to news.Twitter is great for soliciting help with projects.One of the limitations of Twitter’s built-in search tool is that it doesn’t let you search for tweets from months and years ago.

I had never used twitter before i am new to the world of twitter ,but i found twitter as an interesting way gathering information and also easiest way of sharing news .

Happy tweeting !


Zankar : The dance beat 2

Zankar : The Dance beat

In my previous blog, I described about the traditional dance forms of India, its different fortes, and about how dance forms are widely used in fields such as Indian cinema .In this blog I will be describing various traditional dance forms of India in detail.  Dance forms of India varies from culture to culture, for instance, Garba (folk dance of Gujarat), Bhangra (folk dance of Punjab), Manipuri (folk dance of Manipur) and so on. In Hindu mythology, it is believed that dance has been conceived by lord “Brahma”. It is said that sage Bharat muni was inspired by Lord Brahma for writing Natya shastra from which codified way of presenting dance and drama emerged. The well-known Hindu deities Lord Shiva, Goddess Kali and Lord Krishna are typically represented in dancing. Further, classical dance form such as Bharatnatyam known for its hand gestures is also used for retelling the mythological tales. Gradually dancer from South India moved from temples to houses of royal families, where they only performed for royalty.shiva

1) Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Sattriya are the dance forms on which I will be focusing in this blog. Bharatnatyam dance form came in to existence during 1000 BCE, Bharatnatyam is a classical dance from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, rehearsed in modern times by women. The dance is usually followed by classical music. Bharatnatyam is a dance form whose inspirations come from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram. It was modified as a performing art in the 19th century by four brothers, whose musical compositions for dance gave different definition to the word Dance.

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2) Kathakali is a form of dance which is highly styled dance-drama for describing mythological stories. It originated from Kerala during 17th century. The captivating thing about this dance form is its costume, which includes towering head gears, heavy skirts, silver nails and beautifully painted faces.

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3) Further, Kathak is a dance form, which was originated from North Indian states. Priest of Indian temples used to narrate their stories through this dance form. This dance is being performed since Mughal era. The name Kathak is derived from the Sanskrit word katha meaning story. Kathak is considered to be the best way of story- telling. There are three major schools of kathak in India 1) Jaipur 2) Lucknow and 3) Varanasi. Mughals used to find kathak dance form to be fascinating and addictive.

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4) In addition, Sattriya, or Sattriya Nritya, is one among eight principal classical Indian dance traditions.  Sattriya has remained a living tradition since its creation by the founder of Vaishnavism in Assam, the great saint Srimanta, in 15th century Assam. Sattriya dance form is performed at Guwahati Rabindra Bhawan .  Today, although Sattriya Nritya has much wider recognition, the sattras continue to use the dance form for ritualistic and other purposes.

5) Talking about the other dance forms of India, Odissi dance form has its own origins and acceptance. Odissi which is also known as Orissa, originates from the states of Odisha. Odissi was the dance form which was originated from archeological evidences. The three main books for Odissi dance forms are the classic treatise of Indian dance, Natya Shastra, refers to it as Odra-Magadhi. This dance form involves various body stance, thumping of foot and striking various postures as seen in Indian sculptures. The most common stances of this dance styles are Bhanga, Abhanga, Atibhanga and Tribhanga.

Above were the various dance forms of India with details such as their origins, history, explanation, costume description, through pictures and the ways they are performed.

Excited about knowing the past, present and future of dance in Indian cinema?  Excited about knowing the past, present and future of dance in Indian cinema? Stay tuned for the next blog!

Happy Dancing!

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You can also watch kathak performance in the below Link

Zankar: The dance beat

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  • Dance is regarded as nonverbal communication. Dance is a form

of art, which helps in representing emotional expression. Some

people consider dance as a form of exercise. The definition of dance

varies from culture to culture. Different countries have their social or

cultural norms. Although it is said that dance has been a important

part of history, it is impossible to say when it became part of human

culture .

Dance forms are often categorized by ethnicity and

geographic region. For instance, dance in India comprises different

dance styles, such as Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kathak, Kuchipudi,

Odissi, Sattriya, and so on.


Countries,such as United States of America, have a variety of dance forms.

America is known as hub of hip-hop dance and its derivative form,

rock and roll. Some of the most famous American dance styles are

B-boying, Cakewalk, Cha-cha-cha, Charleston, Country/Western

Two-step, Country/western dance, Jazz dance, Maxixe, Modern

Western square dance, Turkey Trot, Harlem Shake and so on.

In my blog I am going to talk about Indian dance forms. India and its

culture have always been an amalgamation of several cultures, which

span over the entire Indian subcontinent and have been influenced

by a history that is several million years old. The culture of India is

very rich and so are its dance forms. Contemporary dance in India

includes a wide range of dance activities. People in India present

dance in the form plays and also choreography for Indian cinema,

modern Indian experiments with existing folk and classical dance

forms with the help of various or well-known artists. I am writing this

blog to enlighten people about the dance culture by covering the

contents like the origin of dance in India, information about classical

dances performed in India, Indian folk and tribal dance forms,

contemporary dance, dance in Indian films, Indian dance education,

geographic spread of dance in India and so on. ” like dancing ?”.If yes !” then “stay          tuned!”


Beginning of golden era in journalism.

Vaidehi shah

September 9,2014

Journalism culture can be defined as a shared occupational ideology among news workers. As time has passed, techniques used by journalists have changed. Technology is more advanced than it used to be. For instance, earlier reporters used to interview people and take notes on paper. But today, journalists use contemporary techniques for writing and reporting.

 Some people believe that the use of modern technology, such as the Internet, is affecting print advertising revenue because the ratio of the number of people reading the printed newspaper compared to the number of people reading news on the Internet has decreased. Frank Rose quotes statistics from The New York Times ( , which state that roughly half of the people who read the newspaper now do so with their mobile devices. Users averaged more than 25 minutes reading a 6200-word story on Buzzfeed  ( and 18 minutes reading the profile of a brilliant Mexican schoolgirl, say Atlantic reporters.

 The smartphone brings a golden age to journalism, says Frank Rose. But according to Clay Shirky, the invention of the smartphone has affected print media and its revenue. It becomes difficult for the people working in print media to understand consumer behavior on the web and how to build business based on Internet usage. Social media has made it easier for consumers to get news. Further, Google “the search engine” has changed the entire algorithm for searching information. Later, when Google became popular, entrepreneurs thought they would need a distribution that Google did not control. Furthermore, mobile applications where invented. People initially underestimated these mobile applications. But, later, content and features of the applications captivated people’s concentration towards innovation.

 The Internet can be used for a good purpose and it can also be misused. A golden era began after the invention of the Internet, both in journalism, itself, and in the tools used to produce it. Smartphones put us face-to-face with endlessly current events, which captivate journalists. Though smartphones have been invented, great writing and investigative journalism have not come to an end. The rise of social media has given a different angle to the field of journalism. People stay updated with the day-to-day events even if they have not read the newspaper. The death of newspaper is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic says, Andrew Leonard.

 I believe journalistic skills can be presented in any form such as writing, reporting, photography, and storytelling. All that matters is how you represent your work with the contemporary changes that have come in to existence in past years and, rather, how you represent your stories and ideas so that they reach people .