Maharashtra is not only a land of historical places and monuments but is also rich in traditional folk music depicting the mythical charm of the state of Maharashtra and India as well.
We have taken some folk dances of Maharasthra and have tried to portray the magic of music and movement through words depicted below:
Lavani is considered to be very prominent in every district of Maharashtra. Lavani as a word is derived from ‘Lavanya,’ which means beauty beyond compare; this dance is performed by women wearing a nine-yard saree called Nauveri then dancing to the beat of ‘Dholak,’ during the Maratha regime, this dance was performed for the relaxation of the army.
This form of dance is a combination of romantic musicals with the Lavani folk dance. Usually, the themes on which the dance is based is derived from Indian epics Ramayana, Mahabharata, and theatricals based on ‘Dasha Avatar’ of Lord Vishnu.
This dance is also performed in the regions of Goa and Konkan.
Koli dance is generally done in the Konkan district and the coastal areas of Maharashtra. It symbolizes the lives of fishermen who depict movements of catching fish through nets and rowing of the boats in the dance.
The menfolk wear lungis while the ladies wear green sarees, which is the traditional dress of the fisher folks of Maharasthra; the dance also portrays the hardships faced by the fishermen while earning their livelihood, the dance performance is done in rows with an equal number of women and men in pairs dancing on many songs used in this Koli dance form.
This comes under the category of religious folk dance performed by artists on the day of Ekadashi in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik, and it symbolizes love and devotion for Lord Krishna by performing the mythical naughty deeds of Lord Krishna during the dance performance.
This dance is performed in attuned movements of a drum known as ‘Dindi,’ it’s a dance with full vigor that creates enthusiasm among the performers with the aid of energetic music.
Geometrical patterns are formed by the performers during the dance holding high flags symbolizing the Sun God ‘Agni’ and Lord Hanuman.