I’m from a traditional Maharashtrian family. With times changing at a fast pace, with modernization being predominant, some of our grass root culture and its credibility is lost over time. One such tradition that has been lost over time is Lavani nrutya, one of the great traditional folk dance of Maharashtra, it’s noted for its powerful rhythm and expressive story telling. Lavani has contributed substantially to the development of Marathi folk theater.

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It was interesting to see how Godrej Indian Culture Lab hosted an incredible day long extravaganza that explored the divergent histories, styles, and discourses surrounding Lavani. It was heartwarming to see that a culture on the verge of being lost was embarked upon so diligently and with so much vigor & enthusiasm.

#LavaniLIVE grand finale had everyone grooving!

Ganesh Chandanshive explains how today Lavani is being used to talk about issues in society #LavaniLive

#LavaniLIVE intimate dance theatre workshop with Anil Hankare in #VivaVikhroli!

Lavani LIVE, the day long event which was held at the Godrej India Culture Lab in Mumbai this Saturday, revived Lavani in the best way possible. An interactive masterclass by Lavani maestro, Anil Hankare, introduced the audience to the various aspects of this dance form by bringing out the fun and energy of dance. The depth of the workshop was overwhelming! Not only did Anil Hankare teach us some of the most popular dance steps of Lavani, but also taught us how the Navari saree is worn (Oh it’s very complicated!!) and how your expressions are important for this particular dance form. To close the day, Anil Hankare and his team gave a spectacular stage performance. The highlight was them inviting people from the audience to dance with them on stage… some of them who had been a part of the dance workshop earlier totally stole the show!

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I felt overjoyed attending this festival as my culture was revived and celebrated. Good to see Lavani dance happening in Mumbai other than the great Akluj, the Lavani capital of India.