A sudden down-pour early in the evening on the first day of Navratri left Garba event organisers high and dry. dna spoke to a few organisers to know what measures were they taking to deal with this situation.
“The ground cannot be covered, however, we have arranged for special plastic shades for the stage where the orchestra and singers will be placed. Also, the food counters are going to be in-house to avoid spoiling them. The decorations, lights and equipments are covered with plastics to prevent damage due to rain,” said Sandip Maher, a first-time garba event organiser, who has organised a nine-day fest for a club in Ahmedabad.
Talking about the security measures, Maher said: “We have called the bouncers and security guards, who will handle the entry and decorum of the event along with 58 CCTV cameras at the venue and entrance to monitor everything.”
Another organiser, Samir Shah, whose nine-day garba event will be organised near Vaishnodevi circle said: “We are busy preparing for the event and it has not rained here. Therefore, we have taken no special measures as such. And in case it does, we will cancel the event right away because my orchestra won’t play in the rain, and so wouldn’t my invited guests.”
Security might not be a big problem outside clubs and party plots but for college and school garbas, it becomes important,said Harsh Sheth who is organising garba events for some city colleges.
“We are trying to arrange for plastic covers for the ground to have a rain-free Navratri but it will be a huge cost to incur and so I am waiting for the budget to get a clearance from the colleges,” said Sheth.
While talking about the security measure, he said: “We had a lot of nuisance last year, outside a couple of colleges. There were fights for passes and getting free entries and the event was about to be cancelled. So, we have made sure that there is enough security this year, which included CCTV cameras inside and outside the ground. There are going to be two entrances to check passes by bouncers and security guards with dog spots to avoid any possible trouble.”
With hopes high and measures in place, organisers wish for a smooth and joyous Navratri this year.