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Celebrating Navratri!

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Friday marked the first day of Navratri! For those who celebrate in the Hindu religion, it is a nine night/ten day rejuvenation period which marks the beginning of the autumn season. This “fresh-start” mentality is exactly how people celebrate during this time. They may fast (from daily physical & emotional needs) , sit in prayer, meditate and do other relaxing activities until the dancing begins (known as “Garba”). Different regions in India may celebrate the holiday differently, but all have the same intentions of renewal and purpose.

The Garba is a celebratory dance and is performed during Navratri. It is usually women who wear elaborate sarees and other decorative clothing and dance in a circular motion. In modern times, men also participate dancing at the Garba!

What we love about Garbas is that they can be incorporated into other important life events as well. Gujarati wedding tradition usually involves a Garba night before the wedding – decadent and colorful decor combined with celebratory music to celebrate the wedding couple. Here’s some wedding Garba inspiration for you:

For those in NYC, be sure to celebrate Garba in The City at Chelsea Piers today! It’s a great way to meet others celebrating and learn more about the Navratri holiday & traditions.

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by | October 6, 2013 · 12:15 pm

Pratham Gala – Raising Money For Educating Kids in India

Hurricane Sandy couldn’t stop New Yorkers from gathering at The Plaza this past November for a great cause!

Over 400 guests came to The Plaza to celebrate the Tri-State Pratham Gala & the amazing work of Pratham USA, an organization that builds schools for children in India so that they can have the same education that we are fortunate to have.

The event, hosted by Bollywood actor Omi Vaidya, exceeded all expectations – the event alone raised around $1.4 million dollars. Over the course of the evening, delicious food, cocktails and music by jazz vocalist Devika Bhise filled the room. An inspiring speech from Teach For America CEO Wendy Kopp helped invigorate the guests as well as the live tele-conference with one of the Pratham schools introducing some of the students and what they hope to achieve. The night ended with bhangra music by Bikram Singh and everyone continued to dance through the exit doors.

Throughout the evening, donations were accepted and included a silent auction with amazing prizes art pieces from Aicon Gallery, business class tickets donated by Ovation Travel, autographed memorabilia and precious jewelry by Sej Jewels. The silent auction raised over $45,000!

tanaRi events was happy to be a part of this important event & cause! The decor was beautifully designed with fall color tones in mind with gold, red & brown. But, leave it to guests who made a very colorful statement! Check out our photo gallery below – photos courtesy of tanaRi events & Sarah Merians Photos

tanaRi events can plan for all types of corporate/charity events – contact us for more details!

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Top 10 Bollywood item songs on tanaRi events’ list for your wedding reception!

So it’s time to select a play list for the DJ at your wedding.  You have a variety of guests from grandparents to teenagers, so you definitely want to incorporate new Bollywood and also the classics.  But there are so many songs to choose from, how can a bride decide?  Don’t worry tanaRi events can help you!  Here are our top ten Bollywood item songs we love to get the party started with!

1)    Chammak challo – Ra One: This popular song is about a charming “moody girl” who is not ready to listen.  With Bollywood beauty Kareena Kapoor and Akon’s vocals for the chorus, this song brings Bollywood and hip hop together for an awesome dance fusion!

2)    Sheila Ki Jawani – Tees Maar Khan: This song will definitely get all the young women on the dance floor to strut their stuff!  Although this film did not do well in the box office, this song was the biggest hit of 2011 with Katrina Kaif as the leading lady.

3)    Kajra Re – Bunty of Babli : This is probably the item song of the decade!  Groups love to perform this song in front of a bride and groom.

4)    Mera Naam Chin-Chin Choo- Howrah Bridge:  A great choice for the elders in the family!  From the film Howrah Bridge, it’s sure to bring back some memories! 

5)    Piya Tu Ab To Aaja- Caravan  –  The quintessential cabaret item number by the legendary Helen.  This is one of the most culturally important Hindi film songs, thanks to our all time favorite dance queen!

6)    Ek Do Teen- Tezaab:  A timeless song that’s still loved today! Our personal favorite, Madhuri Dixit, the Maharashtrian beauty had captured the hearts of many in this upbeat item song.  We love watching Anil Kapoor in the 80s before his SlumDog Millionaire and Mission Impossible 3 fame!  A sure hit amongst the crowd who will be counting on their fingers through out the chorus!

7)    Yeh Mera Dil- Don – This Bollywood remake from the 70s will make the parents and young adults want to dance!  Kareena Kapoor did a fabulous job in this super hit movie Don.

8)     Deewangi Deewangi – Om Shanti Om : This is a great song for the bride and groom to walk out on!  The video featured some of the hottest Bollywood celebrities such as Rani Mukherjee, Kajol, Priyanka Chopra, and Karisma Kapoor!

9)    Love Mera Hit Hit – Billu Barber – It looks like Shah Rukh Khan has the midas touch when it comes to hit songs!  This song was a break out hit, and fun to dance to!

10)  Shuba Hone Na De (Tu Mera Hero)- Desi Boyz  –  Desi girl is out and Desi boyz are in! This is today’s latest hit that is upbeat, fun, and everyone can sing along to the chorus!  This features John Abraham, Akshay Kumar & Deepika Padukone

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