The Rabari, Meghwal, Mutwa, Bharwad, Siddi, Sodha, Ahir, Jath, Maldhari, Garasia, Rathwa, Bhil, Kukna, Kunbi, Warli and Gamit tribes - that call Gujarat their home - have enriched the State with their rich, vibrant and varied folk traditions. Like every time, in this edition too, Chaalo Gujarat will bring you some very memorable folk performances. The Dance and Music performances of the Gujarati tribes will enchant you. We assure you that this will be an opportunity of a lifetime to witness the performances.
When the Indian roots blend with western flavours!
The innovative fusion music performances by Gujarati folk and millennial artists at Chaalo Gujarat will enthrall your soul with rich and modern voices. Escape with the gripping music of these creative performers from Gujarat as they mix the hints of modern styles with the provincial or folk forms.
Indulge in heavenly performances at Chaalo Gujarat as folk singers or artists will narrate religious stories and sing folk songs about Gujarati’s vibrant culture and history in their unique lyrical styles to mesmerize the Gujarati Diaspora in the USA.
No festival is complete without the Gujarati Sugam Sangeet. And the biggest conclave of Gujarati community is no exception. This edition too, just as the previous ones, brings scintillating Sugam Sangeet performances by noted musicians from Gujarat. Do keep your appointment with tasteful Gujarati music that is truly global in its essence.
Chaalo Gujarat is also about bringing the celebrities closer to their fans. This platform lets you ask, those otherwise impossible, questions that you want to, to those who matter to you. In the past, we have had celebrities from the fields of art, science, management, economics, music, theatre, films, literature, politics, humanities, social sciences and more grace the event. The line-up this year is just as promising. Do grab this opportunity to meet your favorite celebrities and interact with them.
Musical theatre has been a popular form of entertainment and a peek into the ethnicity. Bhavai and Akhyana are Gujarat’s the most treasured folk musical theatre. The contemporary forms of Gujarati folk tale are equally appreciated. At Chaalo Gujarat, experience the musical folk theatre in its authentic form as the connoisseurs from Gujarat perform for the aficionado in the USA.
Gujarati theatre while age old has remained relevant to modern times. Not many regional theatre traditions still cater to an international audience. It is also an integral part of the festivities at the Chaalo Gujarat celebrations. Besides watching the theatre performances, you will also get an opportunity to interact with your favorite theatre personalities. You can also attend the talks given by theatre celebrities. Enjoy all the nine Rasas described by Bharata on this unique platform during the three days. Do grab the chance to catch your favorite play by your favorite actors this year.
POETRY & LITERATURE
Gujarati literature is a treasure trove for those with a literary bent. It boasts of many living legends from both India and the USA. Literature therefore enjoys a special status in Chaalo Gujarat. It provides a platform to avid readers and writers to share their work, talk about trends, concerns and their love for literature & poetry.
REGIONAL ART PERFORMANCES
We promise to bring the experience of Gujarat alive through our regional art performances at Chaalo Gujarat. The performances will offer you an authentic feel and fragrance of the state’s vibrant culture. The ambience seemingly transcends you to Gujarat. You will see Gujarat in multiple presentations, projections, installations, performances and more.
With the resurgence of storytelling in today’s time, Chaalo Gujarat leaves no stone unturned to bring the most authentic and rooted experiences to the Gujaratis of the USA. With a distinct flavor blended in rural narrations, the storytelling sessions will spotlight the history of the medieval Gujarat to the millennials and amaze them about their vibrant and rich legacy.
STAND UP COMEDY
Once an undervalued style, stand-up comedy has become the culture in India now. It is at the centre stage in the entertainment industry, and so as at Chaalo Gujarat. We bring to you renowned young artists with humorous expressions to spin the everyday incidences into comical occurrences. So, fasten your seat belt as you get on board on a hilarious ride!
When the best of technology meets the best of creativity, the result is a mesmerizing experience. Laser projections, intelligent light & sound patterns and other new wave technology are all being geared up to bring to you a spectacular performance. The live multimedia acts will leave you spellbound and give an amazing glimpse of Gujarati culture.
Gujaratis’ penchant for travelling is world-renowned. Even at the most obscure place in the world, one can easily find a Gujarati family traversing with packs of Khakra and instant mixes. They are everywhere and anywhere. This year, Chaalo Gujarat exhibits about the holidays at major countries in the world in the dedicated spaces to satiate this true spirit of Gujarati travellers.
Chaalo Gujarat has created the charm of Flea Market in its exhibition area where a plethora of things from Indian rural market to western souks will be available for sale. The market will surely interest the people who takes pride in shopping. An amalgamation of ethnic and modern world in clothes, furniture, accessories, instruments and artefacts, the Flea Market is a peek into the lively Indian shopping culture.