In a room full of Gujarati’s deliberating budgets, marketing strategies, and approaches to fundraising, any educated GSBC member would assume something rather large is in the works.
As I stretch my fingers and scrabble up the words to illustrate these thoughts, it’s surprising to realize we’re back working from the ground up. Ladies and Gents, get your popcorn ready, camera’s charged, money set aside for gas and a few new outfits, it’s time to prepare for yet another community road trip!
The meeting which lasted 150 minutes on March 30th in Burnaby was for the 2012 Raas Garba competition in Calgary. It’s the time of year again where countless members of the community work behind the scenes and in front of the camera to ensure the finest product is presented on stage, but more importantly, an experience that will be remembered forever by all in attendance. Over the last twenty years, this event has brought together many individuals in and outside of the community who work together to partake in one of the Society’s greatest events.
In 2010, Vancouver had a clean sweep – taking first in Adult Garba by Lady Garba, Adult Co-Ed Raas by CobRaas, and Youth Folk by the VanGopis (need facebook login to watch).…And of course the first overall was awarded to the infamous Raas group…It’s a bias perspective, deal with it.
For those of you who weren’t a part of the 2010 troupe, let’s just say it was an opportunity for the competing teams to purchase the latest version of the Swiffer sweeper. However, it’s a new year and each squad will have to take it from step one and put forth a paramount effort if they have any hopes of returning to the throne.
There were new faces in attendance and old as well, some of which have contended in the past and are considered veterans in the field of dance. One of the greatest assets of the competitions is its ability to entice the new and upcoming talents; a quality that truly came to form after the introduction meeting.
After discussing the administrative factors of the competition, it was a mutual decision that auditions would be the next step in the process. Because of the overwhelming response to the competition, there must be auditions to confirm and place the precise number of individuals on each team. Unfortunately, some may not arrive to their anticipated location and some might have to take a seat on the sidelines by the end of it, it’ the nature of the business and each participant is well aware of the consequences. However, the talent is immeasurable and while some may not make the cut, they will still hold a vital spot to the big picture.
It’s sad to the see lack of male dancers on the field, I know you’re out there but this competition is a substantial commitment both in time and effort and it is tough to prioritize and juggle it all while still giving your all for the team. I get it, I understand, but we’ll still pester those who should be in the line-up….
That’s all to report from the first of many gatherings amongst the participants and family members. Before you know it, practices will fill the hours of the day, sore muscles will need time to heal, and you will be washing muddy vehicles for cheap change…sounds exciting right?
It’s what comes with the territory and whether you come back empty handed or with a trophy; the experience is one you won’t regret.
Check the blog for summaries and/or updates with the competition or you can check it because you’re bored and all your friends are at the beach while you’re at home waiting for a ride to practice, both scenarios work just fine.
Auditions are currently scheduled for April 29th.
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Until we meet again…RD Out.
Ronil Desai is a Youth Ambassador for the Gujarati Society of British Columbia.