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Lavani And The Bollywood Beauties

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Lavani, the dance form which is mostly performed in the state of Maharashtra, is derived from the word ‘Lavanya’ which means beautiful. It is said that it originated in the 18th and 19th century and was mostly performed for the soldiers to entertain them and also to boost their morale. There are different forms of this dance and it has seen quite a transformation over the years.

Accompanied by dholak, harmonium, daf (similar to a tambourine), and cymbals, lavani is a fast-paced dance though there are several exceptions. This energetic and rhythmic dance form still has its dedicated audience and has gone beyond the borders of not just the state but the country too.

Needless to say it was used in the Hindi movies to add a different flavour and present something ‘hat ke’ to the viewers. Here are some of the songs where Lavani was beautifully intertwined with the Hindi lyrics yet keeping true to its nature.

Well, there are few songs which are not exactly lavani but are quite close to the genre and hence find a mention in this article.


1. Kafirana – Joker (2012)

Kafirana is a hindi song from the 2012 movie Joker. The song is sung by Adarsh Shinde, Sunidhi Chauhan. The song is composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar. The lyrics are penned by Shirish Kunder. The video features Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Minisha Lamba, Shreyas Talpade.


2. Kolhapur Se Aaye Jhumke – Anjaam (1994)

Kolhapur Se Aaye Jhumke is a hindi song from the 1994 movie Anjaam. The song is sung by Sadhana Sargam. The song is composed by Anand – Milind. The lyrics are penned by Sameer. The video features Madhuri Dixit and Shahrukh Khan.


3. Sava Dollar – Aiyyaa (2012)

Sava Dollar is a hindi song from the 2012 movie Aiyyaa. The song is sung by Sunidhi Chauhan. The song is composed by Amit Trivedi. The lyrics are penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The video features Prithviraj Sukumaran and Rani Mukerji.


4. Mala Jau De – Ferrari Ki Sawaari (2012)

Mala Jau De is a hindi song from the 2012 movie Ferrari Ki Sawaari. The song is sung by Urmila Dhangar. The song is composed by Pritam Chakraborty. The lyrics are penned by Guru Thakur. The video features Vidya Balan.


5. Chikni Chameli – Agneepath (2012)

Chikni Chameli is a hindi song from the 2012 movie Agneepath. The song is sung by Shreya Ghoshal. The song is composed by Ajay Gogavale and Atul Gogavale. The lyrics are penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The video features Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan, and Sanjay Dutt.


6. O Mungda Mungda – Inkaar (1977)

O Mungda Mungda Main Gud Ki Dali is a hindi song from the 1977 movie Inkaar. The song is sung by Usha Mangeshkar. The song is composed by Rajesh Roshan. The lyrics are penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The video features Helen and Amjad Khan.


7. Aata Majhi Satakli – Singham Returns (2014)

Aata Majhi Satakli is a hindi song from the 2014 movie Singham Returns. The song is sung by Honey Singh, Mamta Sharma and Nitu Choudhry. The song is composed by Honey Singh. The lyrics are penned by Honey Singh and Sachin Pathak. The video features Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor Khan.


8. Lawangi Mirchi – Ashanti (1982)

Lawangi Mirchi is a hindi song from the 1982 movie Ashanti. The song is sung by Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar. The song is composed by Rahul Dev Burman. The lyrics are penned by Anand Bakshi. The video features Zeenat Aman, Shabana Azmi, and Parveen Babi.

Here we come to the end of this wonderful Lavani saga. We’re sure that the foot-tapping, energetic songs must’ve given you an adrenaline rush and you must be eager to try out this amazing dance form. So which song would you choose to dance to?

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