Lavani: The Most Popular Folk Dance of Maharashtra


The word Lavani derived from Lavanya, means beauty. It is a combination of traditional song and dance which is performed with dholki drum. The Lavani dance is generally performed by Dhangars or shepherds living in the Sholapur district of Maharashtra. Lavani Dance form is a popular folk dance belongs to Sholapur, Maharashtra state (Marathi lavani).

Lavani: The Most Popular Folk Dance of Maharashtra

Hot Marathi Lavani Song latest Collection. Enjoy Marathi Lavani Dance videos like Haath naka lau and more popular ones.  The tempo of the music and the dance is quite fast and music is supported by the performers themselves who wear ankle bells called Ghungroo. The quick tempo helps pump up the dances as well as the crowd. A Lavani performance is generally quite lively and energetic.

Why is Lavani Dance Performed

The dance began as a form of morale supporter for warring colors during the 18th and the 19th century. When the state of Maharashtra was bogged in conflict and fermentation. It is performed by women who dance to the beats of a Indian drum that is Dholak.

A performance in front of a large audience is called Padhachi Lavani. Also performed for a small audience is called Baithakichi Lavani.

History of Lavani

Lavani is a class of folk dance popular in Maharashtra. Lavani introduced back to the 13th century, It was during the 19th century Peshwa governance that lavani bloomed into its myriad forms due to the patronage. It entered from the upper caste Brahmin peshwas and the Maratha leaders and rulers of western Maharashtra.

Lavani Dress-up

The ladies that perform lavani wear a long sari, heavy jewellery that includes necklace, bormaal, pohehaar, zumka or earrings, ghungru, kamarpatta a belt at the waist, bangles and sindoor etc.

Along with the ladies, men also participate in lavni dance called nats or kinnars ( male dancer).