Gaam Members

1 President Suresh Nathalal Hirani
2 Vice President Pritul Naran Rabadia
3 Permanent VP Harilal Punja Hirani
4 Secretary Vishal Naran Hirani
5 Vice Secretary Mahesh Ramesh Halai
6 Treasurer Ashwin Dhanji Halai
7 Vice Treasurer Rashik Shamji Vekaria
8 Advisor Mansukh Nathalal Hirani
9 Advisor Dhirendra Ramji Vekaria
10 Advisor Vinod Harji Halai
11 Advisor Harilal Keshra Hirani
12 Advisor Meghji Punja Hirani
13 Social Reprentative Vikesh Gopal Bhudia
14 Social Rep Assistant 1 Ravil Meghji Hirani
15 Social Rep Assistant 2 Yogisha Sachin Halai
16 Social Rep Assistant 3 Manish Mansukh Hirani
17 Social Rep Assitant Accommodation Kishen Lalji Halai
18 Garba Head Prakash Lalji Jagani
19 Garba Admin Assistant Poonam Dhiresh Senghani
20 Garba Script / Music Asst Jaishree Kalpesh Halai
21 Garba Choreography Asst Priyel Dhirendra Vekaria
22 Garba Costume & Decor Asst Sumi Sandeep Halai
23 Garba Support & Advisor Gopal Parbat Halai
24 Garba Support & Advisor Vinod Mavji Siyani
25 Garba Support & Advisor Premji Jina Pindoria
26 Kitchen Head Kamlesh Nathalal Hirani
27 Kitchen Assistant 1 Dipesh Parbat Bhudia
28 Kitchen Assistant 2 Minesh Nathalal Rabadia
29 Kitchen Assistant 3 Santokben Nathalal Rabadia
30 Kitchen Assistant 4 Vasanti Dhirendra Vekaria
31 Kitchen Assistant 5 Radha Mansukh Kerai
32 Kitchen Assistant 6 Jasu Arvind Hirani
33 Kitchen Assistant 7 Nathalal Velji Rabadia
34 Youth & Sports Head Kishan Premji Pindoria
35 Youth & Sports Asst 1 Dinesh Harilal Hirani
36 Youth & Sports Asst 2 Shushil Vinod Halai
37 Youth & Sports Asst 3 Diran Gopal Halai
38 Youth & Sports Asst 4 Ravil Karsan Kerai
39 Youth & Sports Asst 5 Hiten Shamji Halai
40 Website Administrator Sachin Naran Halai
41 Website Admin Asst Kalpesh Khimji Halai


Gaam History

Surajpur lies some 14 kilometres south of Bhuj on the State Highway 48 Route to Mundra.  It forms part of Bhuj District. 

Around 140 years ago, Kanbi families from Baladia, Naranpur, Meghpur, Dahisara, Rampur, Manukwa and Sukhpur came to Bharapur to farm the land around the village which belonged to the Khawja and Shatri (Jadeja) clans.  They lived communally in Joghani and Khanna areas of Bharapur.  Slowly they started going into farming partnerships and also buying farms or taking over the existing ones.  As they proposed more Kanbi families joined. 

A request was made to the King of Kutch, Maharo Khengarji III for further permanent land to farm and live on.  The Kings Foi, Sujaba gave land on the west of Bharapur to the Kanbi’s in 1886.  To appreciate her generosity and leave her name immortal, the new Village was called Sujapar. 

The first settlers were Vaghji Laxman Halai, Mavji Nanji Mepani, Natha Premji Mepani, Devji Parbat Raghvani and Manji Parbat Raghvani. With them some Rabari families also settled in the village.

The farming land was quite productive, but required considerable hardwork. Further families joined from Baladia, Mirzapur and Manukwa and the village continued to grow over the years. 

At the same time, Bharapur continued to decline and the surrounding farm lands were purchased by the Kanbi’s.  By the 1940’s with declining quality of new land and failure of the monsoon rains, it was becoming difficult to make a reasonable living. 

At this time, Surajpur Kanbi’s started looking outwards and Natha Kanji Khetani, Murji Devraj Halai, Karsan Ruda Vekaria and Ravji Kanji Hirani decided to go to East Africa, landing at Mombasa ( The first Kutchi’s arrived in Africa in 1880’s ). 

From this beginnings, going abroad has always been in our blood. In 1960’s, Surajpur Kanbi’s came to London and in the 1970’s, went to the Middle East and in 1980’s to Sweden.  In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Australia, New Zealand and America became newer destinations. Today we have representatives in Singapore, Malaysia and China too.   

The village occupies an area of around 2 square kilometres and has grown substantially over the last 10 years.  Today there are 488 built households and 450 marked building plots within the village.   Around 80% of the residents are Kanbi’s, remaining been Mahajan and a small Rabari contingent. 

From 18th January 2000, Surajpur became a separate village from Bharapur, having its own elected panchayat.

The resident population is around 2500 persons.  Surprisingly, there are around 2000 original Surajpur residents living around various corners of the world too. 

Within the village the main sights are the Gents Temple, the new Ladies Temple, the Mahadev and Hanumanji temples, the Samaj and both the Schools. 

In the surrounding areas are the Pukhrogad, Pukhresvar Mahadev Temple, Dhrang-Kotara sun temple, Selor Vav, Vijay Villas palace, Soaad (16) Sati memorial, Ayana Palace, Dhoda Veera.  Hansaswar Mahadev Temple, Bhima, Shethni Vav, Kalyanesvar Shiv Temple, Gangeshwar Mahedev Temple, Bhujio Dungar, Kado Dungar, Matano Maath and Narayan Sarovar and Kotasvar. 


Article contributed by Harilal Punja Hirani