Texas Raas



About Texas Raas

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Founded in 2003, UT Austin's very own professional Garba/Raas dance team, Texas Raas, also known as Dirty South Dandiya, has been representing Texas for the past 12 years. Come support us at our local and national events every year! We perform not only on the UT campus but also at national-level competitions along with private parties such as weddings, receptions, etc.

Our mission is to entertain audiences all around the US by performing traditional Indian Garba/Raas style of dance at a highly competitive level. We are dedicated to preserving the Indian culture through showcasing our unique and vibrant dance form. We hope to encourage diversity and spread awareness of our traditions by performing both on and off campus.


Styles of Dance

Garba

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This dance is traditionally performed in a circle as a symbol of the Hindu view of time. The rings of dancers revolve in cycles, as time in Hinduism is cyclical. As the cycle of time revolves, from birth, to life, to death and again to rebirth, the only thing that is constant is the Goddess.

Dandiya Raas

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During this dance, dancers energetically whirl and move their feet and arms in a complicated, choreographed manner to the tune of the music with various rhythms. The dhol is used as well as complementary percussion instruments such as the dholak, tabla and others.

Our Raaster


  • Aarthy Sundar

    Captain

    On Texas Raas since 2013.

    Aatif Merchant

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2015.

    Abhinav Sridharan

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2015.

    Akshita Singh

    Captain

    On Texas Raas since 2013.

    Amit Momin

    Technical Director

    On Texas Raas since 2014.

    Anamika Khosla

    Secretary

    On Texas Raas since 2013.

    Binita Patel

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2014.

    Jasmin Sheth

    Captain

    On Texas Raas since 2012.

    Karan Patel

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2015.

    Kevan Patel

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2013.

    Maulik Shah

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2013.

    Monali Shah

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2015.

    Pooja Patel

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2014.

    Prapti Ghiya

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2015.

    Priya Mehta

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2015.

    Priyanka Parikh

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2015.

    Ravin Chodavadia

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2014.

    Ryana Patel

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2015.

    Sibi Ravi

    Member

    On Texas Raas since 2015.

    Vikram Gupta

    Treasurer

    On Texas Raas since 2014.

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