Anavils
Ahir (Ayar)
Bhil
Charan
Dubala
Jain
Kangashiya
Kapols
Kathi
Khoja
Kharwa-Khalsi
Koli
Lohanas
Mussalmans
Mer
Miyana
Nat-Bajaniya
Naagar
Padhar
Parsis
Patanvadia
Patidars (Patel)
Rajputs
Rabaris
Sindhis
Sidi
Targala - Bhavaya
Vanzara
Vadi
Vaghari
Vankar
Vohras

  

The 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.
        The 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 sea.
        The music 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.
        The 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.
        The 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.