Padhars are prominent among those communities who
still lead a primitive type of life-style live a life
of many struggles. They live in small round tents.
Fishing, siling of small boats and hunting small birds
are their main occupations.
Padhars mainly live in small villages around the bank
of Nal Sarovar near Ahmedabad. They are believed to
have been scattered in some twelve villages. They also
live in mini islands in Nal Sarovar. They are black in
complexion, medium in size and strong in build. They
hardly resort to criminal acts like theft or robbery
in spite of a hard life. Their life style and culture
indicate that they might be the habitants of coastal
areas and their occupation must have been sailing the
and dance of the Padhars are similar to the gestures
of the sailors who bend their body in a particular
manner and create some special noise.
Padhar males wear the thick cloths and sleeveless
shirts. They put on small turban or a piece of cloth
called melkhayu. The women wear large sized petticoat
and a sleeveless blouse with close neck. Some women
put a thin cloth on head. They use simple ornaments
made of silver. Dance is the specially of the Padhar
community. They usually perform choral dance. One
person sings and others respond to him. Their songs
are mostly devotional and romantic. They also play
Raas, Garbi, and Raasda. The Padhars celebrates almost
all the Hindu festival.
Padhars normally eat thick bread or chappati made or
‘Bid’ or meadow, a peculiar type of roots. They dig
out the roots in the morning. They clear them off, dry
in heat and then make flour of it. It requires great
efforts. The whole area of their living is watery in
monsoon. Hence they require enough storage of the
roots. They resort to fishing for their livelihood
during the monsoon season.