Lavani is a traditional song-dance presentation performed by the women folk of Maharashtra
. It is typically performed by attractive women wearing nine-yard saris to the captivating rhythm of Dholak
. The women move lustily to an infectious tune and teasing lyrics.
Lavani is dealt with different and varied subject matters including society, religion, politics and romance. During the 18th and 19th century, Lavani served as a form of entertainment and morale booster to the tired soldiers. It reached its peak during the Peshwa dynasty.
The word ‘Lavani’ is derived from ‘Lavanya’, which literally means beauty.