BARTLETT, IL — Shree Jalaram Mandir, 425 Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estate, IL organized ‘Raas Garba Ramzat’ to celebrate Ratri after Navaratri on grand scale with international artistes on October 6 at Bartlett Park District, Sports Complex, 700 S Bartlett Rd, Bartlett, IL.
The full-house event featured Damyanti Bardai, winner of Meghani Awards (2017), famous Gujarati playback singer Bhikhudan Gadhvi accompanied by the thunderous voice of Mukesh Solanki and Rocking Band, including Jayanti Kabira (keyboard player), Jitu Hate (Drum Player), Vijay Barot (dhol player), Vasu (octopad player).
Shree Jalaram Mandir of Chicago has been organizing such events to promote Gujarati and Indian Culture among new generations and encourage involvement from many other ethnicities.
Gujaratis of all ages enjoyed and celebrated the memorable evening. Women participants wore colorful and stunning traditional dresses for this special occasion with matching ornaments and extravagant hairstyles.
The evening was full of mesmerizing rhythmic traditional Garba music with equally passionate and high energetic performance by the swirling dance around Maa Shakti. After the brief break and aarti, the festive music of Dandiya-Raas went on beyond midnight.
Prizes were offered for the Best Costumes & Best Performances. Winners were honored with Gift Cards donated by Dalicious Restaurant in Naperville, Thumka Restaurant in Hoffman Estates, Palakhi Boutique in Schaumburg, and Calibre Coffee/Panera Bread in Barrington. The Honorable Judges Vanlila Amin, Falguni Thakkar, Nancy Barot and Falguni Rana worked very hard to recognize each deserving participant.
According to Yogesh Thakkar of Shree Jalaram Mandir, free Raffle prices were also distributed. Five winners were awarded with valuable household items. Raffle prices were sponsored by Silk USA Boutique in Schaumburg. Delicious food was available from Honest and Sai Saffron.
Grand Sponsors were Verandah Retirement Community (Dr. Anuja Gupta) while Co-Sponsors were Care for Soul, Inc.