Swinging to garba tunes has become expensive this year. The government has imposed goods and services tax (GST) on the Navratri venues that charge entry fees from revellers. The organisers have passed on the additional cost to the revellers. But protests have already started over the taxation on garba which is one of the main identities of the cultural capital of Gujarat.
Mayor Keyur Rokadia said, “I and the MLAs here will be making representation to the government to not tax garba venues. But to the best of my understanding, only those venues charging more than Rs 500 per person will be affected by the rule. There are only a few such venues.” The sheri garbas and smaller venues that don’t charge entry fees won’t be affected .”