WHAT WE DO

In 2009, a group of students came together with one goal in mind: to spread Indian culture and their love of dance with the students of Indiana University and residents of Bloomington. In February of 2010, the Raas Royalty Dance Competition was born. Every February since, eight superb intercollegiate teams travel from all over the country to compete for the crown. The dedicated organizers, talented teams, and wonderful performers work throughout the school year to make this amazing event. Through the support of many different sponsors, we are proud to host the only free garba-raas competition in the nation. This year’s competition was held on February 21st, 2015 at the IU Auditorium in Bloomington, Indiana. If you missed us, we hope you will be able to catch us next year! You can find out how to get involved for next year’s show here.

WHAT IS GARBA-RAAS?

Garba and raas are traditional forms of dance originating in Gujarat, a region in India. Traditionally performed in large circles around the Goddess Amba, and accompanied by rhythmic clapping, garba is performed during the nine-day festival of Navratri. Raas is also performed during Navratri, however this form of devotional dance uses sticks called ‘dandia’ and is partner-oriented to the beat of the dhol drum. In recent years, choreographed garba-raas has become increasingly popular at colleges and universities across the country as competitions provide the outlet to showcase the talent and creative spin put on a timeless tradition.