Dance like that

La­vani

India Today - - COVER STORY -

It’s of­ten been crit­i­cised for its provoca­tive dance moves, but the La­vani is back in fash­ion with the el­e­vated sta­tus of a folk dance form. It’s mak­ing a re-ap­pear­ance on the sil­ver screen, at cul­tural fes­ti­vals and at state-or­gan­ised shows. The dance form was also a high­light at the 2010 Com­mon­wealth Games. With La­vani shed­ding its neg­a­tive im­age, young en­thu­si­asts are tak­ing to this sen­su­ous dance form in a big way. To ex­pe­ri­ence La­vani first hand, catch the per­for­mance at the Pune Fes­ti­val, which usu­ally takes place be­tween Au­gust and Septem­ber; or join a La­vani class to learn the moves and ex­pres­sions. Price Rs 600 a month (classes held twice a week). For de­tails about the classes, con­tact nived­itabadve@gmail.com

Pho­to­graph by SHIRISH SHETE

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