LAVANI

Lavani , folk dance of Maharashtra , India .

Lavani 

Lavani – Indian folk dance 

ORIGIN : MAHARASHTRA 

COSTUMES : SAREE ( NAUVARI )

INSTRUMENT : DHOLAK 

HISTORY 

Lavani – Indian folk dance 

Lavani , folk dance of Maharashtra , India .
Lavani , folk dance of Maharashtra , India .
Made by Aneesh Kolesh

Traditionally , the folk dance , Lavani was originate from Maharashtra . This dance showed the love between man and woman in various forms . The world ‘ Lavani ‘ was derive from the world ‘ Lavanya ‘ , which means beauty . It came from Marathi tradition of Tamasha of 18th and the 19th century . Lavani dance was perform for affluent men , Kings and the Soldiers . This dance form have a rich history . It reached the peak of its popularity during the rule of Preshwari Dynasty . The origin of the folk dance can be traced in the 16th century , but got it’s prominence in the Preshwa Rule. During the Preshwa Rule , this dance went through extreme changes , women started performing for Mughal Army .  

Lavani is a graceful folk dance . It is the most energetic and entertaining dance form . This dance form is perform by the attractive women on the beats of the instrument , Dholak . It is an integral part of folk drama – style . Lavani dance is all about the nakhra , expression , adayein , beauty and the grace . 

COSTUME USED 

Women wear Kasta Saree while performing this dance form . And the saree worn by the performers is called Nauvari . It is called Nauvari because it measures 9 yards in length .

Lavani , folk dance of Maharashtra , India .
Lavani , folk dance of Maharashtra , India.
Made by Sakshi Chauhan.

ORNAMENTS 

This dance is perform by the women on the beats of the music . And the ankle bells ( The Ghungroo ) support this music . They wear Kaap ( earring ) , Kamarpatta ( Kamarband – worn around the waist ) , Necklace ( Chandrahaar , Taramani , Chinchpeti , Peet , Sari ), Paatalya ( bangles ) , Red color bindi on their forehead , Nath ( nose pin ) , Bijara ( Maang teeka ) , Bhonkar ( Gajra – flower bun or Garlands ) , and many more things . 

Ornaments used in Lavani , folk dance of Maharashtra , India .
Ornaments used in Lavani , folk dance of Maharashtra , India .
Made by Yashashvi Sharma .

INSTRUMENT 

DHOLAK

Music instrument used in Lavani .
Music instrument used in Lavani .
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The dholak is a two – headed hand drum . It is a folk instrument . It has cotton rope lacing , screw – turnbuckle . The pitch of the dholak depends on it’s size . The smaller surface of the Dholak is made of goat skin for high pitch and the bigger surface is made of buffalo skin for low pitch .

The instrument , Dholak is either played on player’s lap or in a standing position . Sometimes player lead the drumming for the entertainment . 

FORMS OF LAVANI

  1. SHRINGARI LAVANI : Shringari here means Love . The dancers expresses their feelings towards their lover . It is a romantic performance perform by the women for their beloved . 
  2. BAITHAKICHI LAVANI : It is perform while sitting . In this form the dance make use of her upper body . The dancer express her feelings by the expressions of her eyes and face .

Lavani – Indian folk dance 

THEMES 

Lavani is perform on many themes, like love between man and woman, devotion, poetry, sensual, sorrow, religion, heroism, drama – style, etc.

FILM

Lavani , folk dance of Maharashtra , India .
Lavani , folk dance of Maharashtra , India .
Made by Aneesh Kolesh .

In 2008 , Savitri Medhatul made a documentary film on  the  lives of Lavani  dancers . The name of the film was ” NATALE TUMCHYASATHI – BEHIND THE ADORNED VEIL ” . The rich history of Lavani dance inspired the director , Savitri and the writer Bhushan Korgaonkar  also . The making of “BEHIND THE ADORNED VEIL” marked the beginning of Savitri and Bhushan’s  collaboration with the dance form Lavani .

BOOK

Bhushan Korgaonkar, the co-producer and a writer of the film, ” NATALE TUMCHYASATHI – BEHIND THE ADORNED VEIL ” , wrote a book on the Lavani dancers or performers called ” SANGEET BARI ” . Lavani dancers were also known as Sangeet Bari dancers.

Book Sangeet Bari written on the lives of Lavani dancers by Bhushan Korgaonkar
Book Sangeet Bari written on the lives of Lavani dancers by Bhushan Korgaonkar

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