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Maharashtra’s one of the traditional dance form is ‘Lavani’. Lavani combines conventional dance and song, in which people dance to Dholki’s (type of drum) beat. In Lavani, rhythm is powerful and erotic. “Lavanya” is derivative of Lavani, which means beauty. This dance combines song and dance, in which different issues are taken into consideration like religious, political, romantic, etc. The lyrics are teasing, tune is caching, to which women harmonize sensually. Conventionally , there was time when in Maharashtra a lot of battles were fought and during which Lavani was an entertainment source and boosted the morale of soldiers who got tired in 18th to 19th centuries. This dance became very popular in the rule of Peshwai, which was a Pune dynasty, as it got support from the royals, that is, the leaders. Lavani reached great heights with the help of poets of Maharashtra, such as Honaji Bala, Prabhakar and Ramjoshi among others. During the past few years, the Lavani dance has lost is charm and is outmoded now, which is restricted to films of Maharashtra and that too stereotyped. The females performing Lavani dance, drape a nauwari sari which is approximately 9 meters in length. These ladies style the hairs of themselves into a bun, or in Marathi language, ambada. They also wear various jewelry including earrings, kamarpatta, necklace, payal, etc. They typically put a bindi, which is quite large and red in color. In this dance, males also participate with the females. These men dancers are known as nats or kinnars.

Performances on Lavani