Chicago Raas is a competitive garba-raas team at the University of Chicago. Garba-raas is a form of folk dance that originated in the Northwest state of Gujarat in India. Modern garba-raas combines the graceful swaying and circular arm movements distinctive to garba with the quick footwork and wooden sticks (dandiya) of traditional raas.

Chicago Raas was founded in 2008 by three UChicago students -- John Li, Anish Patel, and Megha Shankar -- and has grown tremendously into an nationally award winning team since then. Each year, Chicago Raas performs locally on the University campus and in the surrounding community and competes nationally with teams from other schools in the garba-raas circuit.

Check out our performances here!

Past Accolades
  • 3rd Place, GWA 2015
  • 1st Place, UChicago's Where Fun Comes to Dance 2014, 2015
  • 2nd Place, UChicago's Where Fun Comes to Dance 2013
  • 1st Place Raas Category, Nachte Raho 2011
  • 1st Place Overall, Nachte Raho 2010
  • Outstanding New RSO Award, UChicago 2009