The great Marathi music
There are three great characteristics of the Marathi music, live music, nimble lyrics and versatility of its mixture with tradition.
Marathi folk music
Marathi folk music is the song of work and joy with many forms like Bhangra, Lavani and Dandiya. Lavani is one of the best Marathi folk music.
Marathi Lavani Songs
Lavani songs are among the finest Marathi folk music ever. The feminine singer generally sings it to convey her happiness. This may occasionally be voiced by males, but as tradition dictates; it is most of the time female singers. The phrase Lavani descends from the word Lavanya that entails beauty.
History of the Marathas
In presenting to my readers this humble attempt to popularise some of the ballads of the Marathas, it may not be out of place to submit a slight sketch of the early history and the poetic literature of the people whose national energies they commemorate.
|The sizzling Manpreet Kaur Gill - the singer of "why this kolaveri di"|
|Kolaveri girl - Manpreet Kaur Gill|
It was this art of seduction through dances and musicals that found true patronage with the Peshwas in the 18th century. That was when attractive dancing women could make the rich and the elite drool at their feet. Many historians are of the view that the later Peshwas’ love of Lavani played an important role in ending the Maratha Empire in 1818. However, Lavni continued with the masses. Poets and shahirs continued to compose some of the most versatile Lavnis with everyday humour and wit.
why this kolaveri di song
Marathi wedding song
One of the numerous ethnic music particulars was the erotic form of ‘shringarik lavani’ or the titillating lavani. Although vastly hot among rustic Marathi men, the lavani performing artists were considered as of low position in the community and were sometimes ostracised by reputable Maharashtrian families.
The countryfied appealingness of lavani was adopted by Marathi films in the sixties. Hit cinemas like Sangtye Aika founded on the biography of tamasha legend Hansa Wadkar and redid by Shyam Benegal in Hindi as Bhumika, set a vogue of tamasha based movies that survived till the nineties. During this time period, the Marathi films popularized a lot of lavani songs voiced by the greats of Asha Bhonsle, thumri proponent Shobha Gurtu and Usha Mangeshkar.