33rd MIDWEST FOGANA Raas, Garba, & Folk Dance Competition is hosted by
Gujarati Mandal of Central Ohio Columbus, OH on
Saturday July 20th, 2013 at Veteran Memorial Auditorium 300 W.Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
WHAT IS FOGANA
FOGANA is an acronym for The Federation of Gujarati Associations of North America was founded in 1980.The aim was to bring all the Gujarati people living in North America closer together by promoting a common platform to sustain and perpetuate the cultural heritage of Gujarat, India. Initially, FOGANA aspired to meet the needs and welfare of Gujaratis while assisting them in adapting to the mainstream America. They hoped to do this by building up and centralizing resources, energies and talents and thus create a stronger image of the Gujaratis.
Using such tools as folk dancing, which is an integral part of any celebration in the Gujarati culture, they initiated their effort by conducting folk dance competitions in various regions that culminated in finals in one or other North American city. Gujaratis from all corners gathered for these events. Workshops in cultural aspect such as dance, costumes communities, music etc. was offered. Also Drama and Debate competitions/festivals were conducted in some of the regions as well as a Conference in Washington.
These initial years saw FOGANA progress steadily, but today our goals are expanding to meet our changing needs. Not only do we wish to combine the dynamic ability of the Gujarat's with the practicality of today's life, but make it relevant to the changing face of the community.
There are a vast number of Gujarati culture and dance schools and performing artists throughout North America and Canada.
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