WHAT WE DO
In 2009, a group of students came together to spread their love of Indian culture and dance with students and staff of Indiana University and the residents of Bloomington. They created a Roundtable that worked together to host the first Raas Royalty Dance Competition in February of 2010. Every February since, eight superb teams travel from universities all over the country to compete for the crown. The dedicated Roundtable and talented teams come together to showcase competitive garba-raas and display exhibition acts in other styles of dance or music.Through the support of many different sponsors, we are proud to be the only free garba-raas competition in the nation. This year’s competition will be held on February 21st, 2015 at the IU Auditorium in Bloomington, Indiana. We invite you to attend the show to spectate the energetic routines from the most talented teams in the country.
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. Check out our YouTube channel to see more!