Using sticks that are often brightly colored or embellished with bells and tassels, the dance involves choreographed moves while hitting the sticks together to maintain a steady beat. Raas is the most recognizable aspect of one of India's largest festivals, as individuals adorned with vibrant costumes dance to the energetic music with an unmistakable, characteristic rhythm. Today, Raas has become more than just a religious dance and has evolved into a form of creative expression and a symbol of the performing arts. Raas competitions nationwide have grown to judge creativity, costume design, facial expressions, enthusiasm, and much more among their entries.
On March 3, 2012, the University of Miami Indian Students Association will host its 5th annual Miami Mayhem Intercollegiate Garba/Raas competition. Mayhem showcases eight premiere collegiate Raas teams from across the nation battling for over $3,000 in cash prizes.
The Miami Mayhem Executive Board has worked hard throughout the years to educate the South Florida community about the exotic and colorful Indian culture. By catering to the University of Miami students, faculty, and South Florida community, we have successfully been able to promote South Asian awareness and provide an engaging cultural experience that anyone can enjoy.
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This sounds like a fabulous competition and not one to miss. Please contact the website for Miami Mayhem or the theater for start times, as I was not able to locate this information.
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