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  • Garba Queen Falguni Pathak and Soni School of Garba Dance (SSGD) unveil first look of latest Garba Raas Anthem, ‘Radha Ne Shyam’ for this Navratri

    Published on August 29, 2019

    Mumbai : Sonis School of Garba Dance, that started about 22 years ago is the world’s Biggest Authentic Garba dance school based in Mumbai and having presence in 7 countries and 22 cities worldwide. After decades of training thousands of students across the world, SSGD and Navratri queen Falguni Pathak are all set to welcome Navratri with a bang! Sonis School of Garba Dance and Garba Queen Falguni Pathak have joined hands to promote #GarbaRaasAnthem #RadhaNeShyam to preserve and promote the true essence of authentic Garba Raas and take garba global.

    Falguni Pathak, although is globally famous for her traditional Garba numbers, has never officially been in a Garba video before. SSGD mentors Jigar soni and Suhrad Soni have made the fantasy of millions of her fans and Garba dancers come true by producing as well as choreographing their brand new music video called “Radha ne Shyam”. The single will be launched digitally on 8th september. A teaser of which was unveiled today at a press conference at Rajmahal Banquets in Mumbai in the presence of Garba Queen Falguni Pathak, Shail Hada , Music Composer, Jigar Soni, Founder, Soni’s School of Garba Dance, Suhrad Soni, Founder, Soni’s School of Garba Dance, Rajul Mishra, Director, Radha Ne Shyam and Lalita Soni, Choreographer for SSGD. A LIVE garba demo was also given by Students of SSGD from the music video with Falguni grooving on her latest single.

    Speaking about this, Mentor Suhrad Soni says, “We are absolutely elated to have produced and choreographed this. Our vision of taking Authentic Garba global has been taken one more step ahead. And with The one and only Falguni Pathak with us, we’re thrilled about this video. Lalita Soni has been at the helm, leading the choregraphy front for SSGD and our Director Rajul Mishra executed his concept with sheer finesse. The colourful costumes designed by Nivruti Soni Shetti make this video an absolute delight to watch.”

    The dandiya queen Falguni Pathak has also infact expressed herself as a fan of the Soni brothers’ dance. “Whenever I am on stage, singing a popular Garba song and my sight goes to SSGD, I get distracted by their sheer talent and energy performing Garba. This song is only an extension of our mutual love for the folk culture and art, and am delighted to be a part of it,” Pathak says.

    Jigar Soni also can’t stop beaming post completion of their rigorous but fruitful shoot schedule “Shail Hada and Falguni Pathak are two phenomenal artists we look upto. Their involvement itself is a huge achievement for us because we happen to be biggest fans of Falguni Pathak as well as Shail.

    The motive behind this is that while lots of other regional music like Punjabi folk or Rajasthani has been loved by the mainstream audience without dilution of the authenticity, we wish to do the same for Garba and traditional Gujarati folk music,” he says.

    The founders and mentors Jigar and Suhrad have taken it to newer heights by being felicitated at the House of Commons in the UK. Jigar Soni is a gold medalist in folk dancing and has represented the state of Maharashtra, and India in several competitions nationally and internationally. The Soni Brothers have so far taught more than 10,000 students across the world. They are once again visiting London to train Londoners to perform authentic Garba in October. Both being proud Gujaratis, they have contributed to the Gujarati culture to a great extent, and were honoured by the Member of Parliament in United Kingdom Bob Blackman in September 2017. The event took place in the House of Commons in UK’s parliament house. They are members of the International Dance Council affiliated to UNESCO. SSGD has its presence worldwide in countries like UK, UAE, Switzerland, Ireland, USA and Singapore.

    The Sonis were choreographers at the biggest wedding in India – they were a part of Akash Ambani’s wedding, dancing and making the Ambanis dance on the best of traditional Garba songs.

    Their accolades don’t end here! Jigar and Suhrad were invited to perform at the Trafalgar Square by the current Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. They have been disciples of Folk dance guru Indumati Lele who used to perform with Prithviraj Kapoor back in his era. They also managed to bag the Transmedia award as “Best Dance Directors” for Gujarati movie “Mad for Each Other” in February 2018.

    They will be conducting a Garba workshop in Sep 2019 in collaboration with the globally acclaimed Kings United hip hop group in Muscat, Oman.