Maher Raas Group refers to the collection of performers (usually made up of individuals from the Maher cast) whilst Maher Raas refers to the Raas (folk dance) that is performed by the Maher Raas Group. Maher Raas is also known as Maniyaro Raas and the two terms are interchangeable primarily within the Maher cast, although the term Maher Raas is much more widely used term outside the Maher Cast. Folklore history denotes that the first Maher Raas Group was formed before the 1930's in the gham of Bakharla though the traditional Maher Raas has been played in Bakharla for hundreds of years. It is well documented in Gujarāti Indian communities that Maher Raas from Bakharla Gham is historically mentioned to perform the best true display of Maher Raas in the whole of India and probably beyond. Our international recognition comes from having our Maher Raas Group perform outside of India and of particular noteworthy performance was in Russia with the then Indian Prime Minister's entourage (Circa. 1986).
Our forefathers have ensured that despite all the modern advances we diligently continue our moral duty to preserve, protect and promote our cultural history. Thus today our Maher Raas Group in Bakharla remains in existence and thrives symbolising our rich cultural heritage which is keenly supported by youths showing determination to learn historical traditions. With group players from in-and-around Bakharla tending to their working / business activities during the day, practicing frequently tends to be in the late evenings and weekends to maintain perfection. As a time honoured tradition we’ve been performing Maher Raas (or Maniyaro Raas) at weddings, engagements, Navratri Festivals and other public & private functions. The advent of the Internet has given us a new platform upon which to perform which includes this informative website and our associated entertaining social media channels, which seek to reflect our public persona and sharing our performances.
Lakhanshibhai V. KhuntiPramukh & Raas
Rambhai V. KhuntiUp-Pramukh & Raas
Popatbhai S. KhuntiFacilitator
Jayeshbhai D. Jethwadholli
Parbatbhai RanavayaGayk Kalakar
Harbhambhai G. OdedrarAAS & Lolli
Ranmalbhai H. KhuntiRaas, Talwar & Lolli
Hajabhai L. KhuntiRaas, Talwar & Lolli
Balubhai D. KhuntiRaas
Dhirubhai L. KhuntiRaas
Dhirubhai V. KhuntiRaas
Sarmanbhai R. KhuntiRaas & Talwar
Rajubhai V. KhuntiRaas
Ramabhai N. OdedraRaas
Rambhai B. KhuntiRaas
Rambhai H. KhuntiRaas
Dudabhai N. OdedraRaas
Ramdebhai L. KhuntiRaas
Ranjitbhai L. OdedraRaas
Rajshibhai D. KhuntiRaas, Talwar & Lolli
Rajubhai K. OdedraRaas
Vimanbhai S. KhuntiRaas
Nagajanbhai B. JadejaRaas
Lakhmanbhai N. KhuntiRaas
Jivabhai M. OdedraRaas
Pratapbhai V. KhuntiRaas
Rajabhai S. KhuntiRaas
Rambhai N. KhuntiRaas
Naughanbhai K. KhuntiRaas
Bhimabhai KhuntiRaas & Lathi Dar
Bharatbhai G. KhuntiRaas
Donated To Good Causes
Hospital Treatment Paid
Cups Of Chai!
Our showcase event played out with the addition of heart thumping music and vocals to match leaving the audience mesmerised.
Twisting and simultaneously leaping body movements and spinning two swords fast with the hands accompanied by background music.
With the Dholl beating, two or four team players are leaping over 3ft in the air from the ground-up using just pure body momentum.
Inspiring respect through the swift movement of the heavy Lathis whilst preserving balance and composure. Lathi Dar is a highly specialised skill.
Featuring unique and traditional folk music combined with Krishna Raas which will evoke memories of the times gone by. One to see and enjoy.
Our vocalist, Parbatbhai Ranavaya, delivers a variety of measured recitative compositions delivered with beautiful expressivity.
- Lakhanshibhai V. Khunti and Rambhai V. Khunti
- Maher Raas Group
Gujarāt, 360579, India
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