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  • February 20, 2023
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Context: The article is based on the controversy surrounding dance form,  “ Lavani “, which has come under criticism for being ‘vulgar’ and ‘obscene’.

About Lavani:

  • Maharashtra folk dance
  • The word Lavani comes from ‘lavanya’ or beauty.
  • Traditional folk art form in which women dancers wearing nine-yard-long sarees in bright colours, make-up, and ghunghroos perform on dholak beats on a stage before a live audience.
  • Lavani has a history going back several centuries
    • It attained particular popularity in the Peshwa era in the 18th century.
  • Traditionally, performances were held in front of kings or lords, and for the entertainment of tired soldiers resting during breaks in fighting.
  • There are several types of Lavani:
    • Most popular is the Shringarik (erotic) kind.

Source –  Indian Express


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