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Ten die of heart attacks after ‘Garba’ dance in India

The deceased ranged from teenagers to middle-aged people, with the youngest being 13-year-old hailing from Dabhoi in Vadodara district.

• October 23, 2023
Garba dance in India
Garba dance[ Credit: Atyutka]

Officials on Monday reported the death of 10 people who died of heart attacks in India’s western state of Gujarat after the ”Garba” dance during the ongoing Navratri Hindu festival.

Garba is a dance that honours, worships, and celebrates the feminine form of divinity.

The word “Garba” comes from the Sanskrit word garbha, meaning “womb.”

The deceased ranged from teenagers to middle-aged people, with the youngest being 13-year-old hailing from Dabhoi in Vadodara district.

Local TV news channel NDTV said, “Over 500 ambulance calls were made in 24 hours, and the government has also issued an alert and asked the organisers of such events to take all necessary measures.

“It said the measures should include ensuring that ambulances are available to take people to hospitals if they feel unwell.’’

The traditional Gujarati dance of Garba is among the key features of the Navratri festival, which spans over nine nights from October 15 and is performed especially in Gujarat.

The local Gujarat government has issued an alert to all public hospitals and community health centres close to Garba sites, advising them to be on high alert.

Doctors have advised revellers to avoid playing Garba for long stretches of time without taking breaks.

The event organisers have also been asked to keep automated external defibrillators, which can help save lives in such situations.

The organisers were also asked to have some people trained in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) deployed at the spot. 


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