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Rāsa Rīti : A Tradition of Dance and Devotion

या देवी सर्वभूतेषुच्छायारूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥

Festival to celebrate Jaganmāta is right around the corner. Get ready to showcase your creativity and enthusiasm this navarātri. The nine glorious nights are celebrated in vibrant ways through the length and breadth of India in the form of Mysore Dasara, Gombe Habba, Bomma Gullu or Golu, Āyudha Pooja, Dhāndiya Rās or Garbha , Ramlila and Durga Pujo. 

We at IndicA Today are excited to be part of your celebrations this navarātri. We are announcing ‘Rāsa Rīti’, a video contest wherein you can display your Navarātri celebrations on our platform. All you have to do is submit video entries capturing your festivities. 

Rāsa stands for Rāsa Kreeda, the joyful dance of Bhagwan Shri Krishna with his Gopis. The circular dance form is practiced even to this day in the form of Garbha or Dandiya Raas in the west and  Manipuri Raas Leela in the east of India.  

Rīti stands for custom, practice, local or traditional observance. Vijayadashami symbolizing the victory of good over evil is joyfully celebrated through Ramlila in the north and Dasara in the south.  

For the Rāsa Rīti contest we are inviting video entries showcasing navarātri celebrations. The entries must not be longer than five minutes and must be sent as a link on a cloud drive. Shortlisted entries will be showcased on the IndicA Today platform.

Contest Name : Rāsa Rīti : A Tradition of Dance and Devotion

Submission Guidelines:

  • Create a video capturing the essence and beauty of Navarātri, showcasing the various aspects of the festival such as traditional dances, vibrant attire, rituals, and celebrations.
  • Language : English, Hindi, Kannada, Sanskrit
  • Duration: Minimum 1 minute, maximum 5 minutes.
  • Videos can be in any style, including documentary, creative storytelling, dance performances, vlogs, animation or AI generated.
  • All entries should be original and must not infringe upon any copyright or third-party rights.
  • Multiple entries from the same participant are allowed.

How to Enter:

  • Create your Navarātri-themed video.
  • Share a link to the cloud drive where we can access your video or share a link to your video on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video-sharing platform.
  • Include your contact details, a short bio along with a brief description of the video via email to 


The top two winners, irrespective of language or category, essay or video contest, will be offered an exclusive opportunity to embark on an esoteric journey to visit the Shakti Peetha of their choice. This trip will be funded by IndicA Today up to Rs. 25,000 for the first-place winner and Rs. 20,000 to the second-place winner. Apart from that, the top 5 videos in each language will be published on our website.

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: October 24, 2023 
  • Please note that the last date for submission has been extended to October 31, 2023.

Join us in spreading the festive cheer and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Navarātri through your video creations. Let your creativity shine and immerse yourself in the colorful and joyful celebrations of Navarātri! Best of luck to all participants!

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