“Sun re Leuva, Bol Kadva, anamat ma anyay thai chhe, Patidaro ne anyay thai chhe” ( Listen Leuva, say Kadva. Injustice is done on Patidars)”, goes one of the eight garba songs composed on the on-going Patidar agitation for quota. Patidars will groove to these songs during the Navratri festival beginning Tuesday night.
Propagating the agitation during the festival, the Surat PAAS wing members composed garba songs supporting the reservation movement. They will be played at street garbas and other mega venues in Surat and even other parts of the state.
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The garbas are meant to add more colour to their protest forms which included clanking rolling pins on steel plates, releasing paper lanterns and distributing lollipops. Another garba set to the popular traditional garba song — Kesariyo rang tane lagyo…” is “Anamat no rang tane lagyo re Patidar, Anamat no rang tane lagyo re lol (the colour of quota is come on you O Patidar…) Yet another song, set to a Bollywood number, goes “Riddhi De, Siddhi De, Astnav Nidhi De, Patidar ne Anamat De, Maa Khodal ..” and one on Gujarati folk music goes, “Patidar jaago re, Mara bhailao jaago re, aaj anamat haq, aapno haq maago re”.
All eight garbas had been written and composed by Michael alias Mahesh Vaghani and Dinesh Rakholiya, while the singers are Ashok Maniya and Alpa Patel, all Patidars from Surat. Mahesh Vaghani is an active member of Surat wing of PAAS and participated in the agitation at different places in Surat, Ahmedabad and other parts of the state.
Mahesh Vaghani said, “I am a lyricist and composer. Sometimes, I sing. Our PAAS committee members told me to make garbas based on the agitation. For the last 15 days, I have worked with my colleague Dinesh Rakholiya and others and we have finally made eight garbas. After writing all the garbas, I showed it to Surat PAAS conveners and co-conveners who were excited. Through this attempt, we can continue to ignite the fire in the hearts and minds of the Patidar people”.
Surat PAAS co-convener Nikhil Sawani said, “We have made over 500 audio CDs of Patidar garbas and will distribute in Surat and across the state where Patidars live. These garba audio CDs will be distributed in different residential societies in Surat and other parts of state for free. We are taking the religious path to continue the agitation.”