The Literary Club of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai is delighted to invite you to a talk on ‘Lavani: a devotional and aesthetic approach’ by Dr. Prakash Khandge, ex-Professor, Lok Kala Academy, University of Mumbai, on Friday 13th March 2020 at 5.30 p.m. in the Durbar Hall of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai.
Dr. Khandge will give us an enthralling exposition on Lavani, the well-known Maharashtrian folk dance form, performed to the beats of the “dholki,” a percussion instrument. While Lavani and the evolution of Marathi folk theatre have been synergistic, today, it is often associated with eroticism, a misinterpretation of the genre. This belies Lavani’s rich literary tradition that elegantly combines song, dance and enactment. Widely performed in the later Peshwa period, its roots can be traced to the devotional songs and narratives of saints of Maharashtra.
Dr. Prakash Khandge, founder and head of the Lok Kala Academy of the University of Mumbai, is a recipient of several awards, including the Lalit Kala Akademi. He has authored several books on Folk Literature and Performing and Tribal Arts.
Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m.

- Mr. Surendra Kulkarni,Hon. Secretary, ASM
- Prof. Meenal Kshirsagar, Chairperson - ASM LitClub