Lavani Dance - Indian traditional dances have an irresistible charm. Each region and state has its own dance forms. Lavani Dance is the dance form of Maharashtra. The energy level of this dance form is infectious and you will find yourself swaying to the beats of Lavani Dance. We offer you more info on this dance form.

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The Dance

Originating from the Maharashtrian word Lavanya meaning Beauty it tries to put the various social aspects in a entertaining form. Its a combinaiton of traditional song and dance. It used to work as Morale Boosters for the war soilders in the 18th century. So we can say its not a very old form of art.

Lavani Dance is performed by Dhangars or shepherds of Sholapur district of Maharashtra.The poetry written by Dhangras gets its inspiration by nature. containing tales of Birth of their Diety called Biruba. In the Lavani Songs meaningless chants are used to fill the gaps within the musical sounds. The maanch or the stage is decorated for the performance of the Lavani. This musical drama goes on for the entire night. At the end of the Lavani dance performance, a replica of Manmathas mount is burnt.

Facets Of Lavani :
Its a music form popular in Maharashtra. It has two types - The Nirguni Lavani (philosophical) and the Shringari Lavani (erotic). It is also popular in Madhya Pradesh.

Lavani  Costume
Costume of Lavani Dancers
The costume includes Dhoti (four meters long streach cloth), Angrakha, Pheta, and a colorful handkerchief.

Lavani  Dance

The Dance Form of Lavani

Legends like Raja Bhoj, Kanjar gorl, and the tale of balabau is sung with frevour. There are love songs about Naik Banjara and the Ranubai, which have a much softer tones than the other musical compositions of Lavani.Traditionally the songs are sung by female singers. Male singers have a occassional presence.The dance form associated with Lavani is known as Tamasha.

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