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Origin
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14th century AD, present day Gujarat

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Founding father
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Asait Thakar

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Heritage keepers
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A community called by multiple names viz. Nayak, Bhojak, Vyas. Presently classified as ‘Socially and Educationally Backward Class’ and Nomadic Tribe by the Gujarat state.

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Most popular in
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Saurashtra region and northern Gujarat

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Language
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Vernacular Gujarati, including a mix of Urdu and Hindi

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Presiding deities
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Amba and Bahuchra

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Popular themes
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Mythology, morality, communal harmony, satire, caste system and other social ills

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Prominent dramatic elements
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Alienation and mime

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Popular plays
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Mena Gurjari, Bhavani Bhavai, Sati Jasma Odan