Proposal for a ONE Day National Seminar

Proposal for a ONE Day National Seminar

“महाराष्ट्र क़ी लोक कलाओं  का  सामाजिक और साहित्यिक परिदृश्य ”

Date: 15th January, 2010               

Total No. of days:       TWO  DAY

Venue :    K M Agrawal College Campus,

      Padgha Road, Gandhare,

                Kalyan (W) – 421 301,

                Dt. Thane, Maharashtra

College Name:      K M Agrawal College of Arts, Commerce & Science,

                             Padgha Road, Gandhare,

Kalyan (W)-421 301,  Dt. Thane, M.S



Name and Designation of Conveners:

   2) Dr. Manish Kumar Mishra

       In-charge Hindi Department


Cell No.: +919324790726

Designation of Official Empowered to receive Financial Grants

(Grants will be released only in favor of Head of Institution)

Principal Dr.(Mrs.) Anita Manna


Maharashtra is a demesne of Maratha rulers who left an indelible mark of majesty and exuberance in the heritage of culture of Madhya Pradesh. The Chalukyas, Satavahanas, as well as Delhi sultanates too enriched the culture of Maharashtra with the vivacity and vigour and it had lead Maharashtra to stand apart from the rest of India. It is a land of temples, which are also examples of refined works of architecture. The tourists all over the world are bewitched by the aesthetic charm of Ajanta and Ellora caves. The uniqueness of Maharashtra is the perfect co-mingling of the cultural tradition of both the Hindu and Muslim dynasties. Vitthala Temple, situated, at Pandharpur is highly revered by the Hindu devotees. Exquisite fortresses, namely Raigad and Pratapgad and also the sea forts including Sindhudurg fort embellishes the entire region. Musical fervor, enigmatic dance, fantabulous foods and lifestyle of Maharastrans truly embody the magnanimity of royal families. Folk society too had a share in enriching the cultural ebullience of Maharashtra. Music and dance are part and parcel of the culture of Maharashtra. The airs of folk music like Gondhal, Lavani, Bharud, Powada enrapture the people. Lavani encompasses both dance and music and is performed enthusiastically by the artists in accompaniment with a special musical drum called Dholak. Attractive women wearing nine-yard saris perform this dance. The women swivel on the vivacious tunes of traditional music.

Povadas is a type of Marathi ballad, depicting various aspects of life of the great Maharashtrian leader, Sri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

The culture of Maharashtra nicely breeds various enamoring dance forms. Dhangars or shepherds of Sholapur district of Maharashtra execute a special dance form called Dhangari Gaja. The dancers practise this dance form to appease Gods and seek their blessings. In Maharashtra , a fishermen community called Koli performs a dance of the same name.. Both men and women take part imitating the movements of boat rowing, net casting etc. Apart from these, few dance forms of religious folk dance genre haveFolk Dances of Maharashtra have evolved mainly from the rural areas. Several folk dances in this state are performed during the time of festivals or other occasions, representing the merry-making and culture of Maharashtra. The state has been famous for its vibrant music and the folk forms like Tamasha, Koli dances and Dindi, which are a true reflection of the society. Some of the other folk dances of Maharashtra state are Povadas, Lavani, Kala, Dhangari Gaja, etc.

Religious folk dances of Maharashtra
Kala and Dindi are the religious folk dances of this state which are performed with a lot of enthusiasm. Kala is a form of folk dance which describes the jovial mood of Lord Krishna. This folk dance of Maharashtra includes in its performance a pot which symbolizes fertility. The most prominent attraction of this dance form is the rhythm and the beat. Another religious folk dance of this state is Dindi. This dance is performed mainly during the day of Ekadashi in the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar. The dance form also Dindi portrays the jovial playful state of Lord Krishna. The dances dance with the rhythm of the drum beat by encircling the musicians, and thus creating a fantastic musical background.

Other folk dances of Maharashtra
Apart from the religious folk dances, there are various other folk dances which are performed in the state of Maharashtra. Some of the most famous folk dances in this state are Koli, Lavani, Tamasha, Povadas and Dhangari Gaja.

One of the well-known dance forms in the state of Maharashtra is Tamasha. It is among the major forms of Maharashtra folk theater. `Tamasha` is a Persian word which means entertainment or fun. It is a blend of different influences. There are several scholars who believe that Tamasha is inspired by two forms of drama in Sanskrit; the `Bhana` and the `Prahsana`. Tamasha developed in the sixteenth century. The love songs called `Lavanis` form the heart of this dance form and are thus well-known. The musical instruments which are used in this dance form are `Tuntuni`, `Dholki drum`, `Manjeera` cymbals, `Harmonium`, `Halgi`, the `Lejim`, `Daf`, `Kade` and `Ghunghroos`. Tamasha is linked with two Maharashtra communities which are Mahar and Kolhati.

Koli is another folk dance of Maharashtra which got its name from fisher folk of the state called `Kolis`. The Kolis are known for their lively dances and a separate identity. The dances of these fishermen possess elements taken from their occupation, which is fishing. Koli is performed in this state by women and men, who divide themselves in two groups. They depict the boat rowing movement in the Koli dance. The Koli dancers also present the wave movements and the net casting movement as if catching fish.

Lavani is a mixture of traditional dance and song, which is performed mainly to the beats of `Dholak`; an instrument like a drum. This folk dance is executed by beautiful women wearing sarees of nine-yards. The women whirl on the quivering beats of conventional music. The word `Lavani` got its origin from `Lavanya`, which means beauty. Previously, this folk dance dealt with various subjects like religion, politics, society, romance, etc. Lavani dance served as a morale booster and entertainment to the exhausted soldiers in the eighteenth and the nineteenth century battle of the Marathas. A number of renowned Marathi poets including Ramjoshi, Prabhakar, Honaji Bala, etc. added to the fame and reputation of Lavani folk dance.

Povadas form a part of Marathi ballads, depicting the Marathi leader Shri Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj`s life. Shivaji holds a respectable position in each and every Maharashtrian`s heart. Through the Povadas, people remember Shivaji, a famous hero of his period.

Dhangari Gaja
Dhangari Gaja is one of the most famous folk dances performed in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is performed by the shepherds of the Solapur District who are also known as Dhangar. These dancers earn their livelihood by rearing goat and sheep. The poetry of these shepherds is inspired usually by the surrounding evergreen trees. Their poetry is in a pattern which is known as `Ovi` which is comprised of couplets. The poems also possess the tales regarding the birth of `Biruba`, their God, in very basic and simple lines. The Dhangari Gaja folk dance is executed in order to please the Shepherd`s God and to get his blessings. The Dhangar dancers wear traditional Marathi dresses like Pheta, Angarakha, Dhoti and a colourful handkerchief. The groups of Dhangar dancers surround the players of drums and move with the rhythm.

The Indian state of Maharashtra is well-known for its lively music and a number of folk dances which make the state a treasury-house of great culture. Some of the major social entertainments in this state are during various religious festivals. The folk dances performed during religious festivals represent the great culture of the state.
evolved. Dindi is such a dance, which is generally executed during Ekadashi day in Kartik month. , depicting several pranks played by Lord Krishna. Kala is another example of the same type. This dance form boasts a pot representing prolificacy. The main attractiveness of this dance is its rhythm and flap.

Objectives of the Seminar:

1.      To create awareness about folk culture of Maharashtra

2.      Good utilization of resources

3.      Social awareness

4.      To focus on the cultural exchange .


To sustain humanity amidst globalization, liberalization and modernization and make the people aware about the cultural enrichment of the country.

Significant Activities Conducted by the Institution:

Every year College conducts various seminars and workshops
activities of environment awareness under NSS, NCC and Anubandh (Ex-Students Association). We have well furnished Computer Laboratory with internet facility. Student and staff take the benefits of the same.
seminars and workshops


As a part of urbanization, we are using the resources either collectively or individually. In the modern world of changing  life Style, we can think of various small actions which can be made more rational and sustainable towards the environment and nature and culture. And that is the main purpose of this seminar.

List of Resource Persons

 Dr. Ramji Tiwari

Ex-Head In Dept. of Hindi , Mumbai University

Dr. Vidya Bindu Singh

Ex-Director, Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sanshta, U.P.

 Dr. Ishwar Pawar

HOD, Hindi Department, CT Bora College, Shirur, Pune

Shri Ashish Mehto

Blloger Techno Spot, Bangalore

Shri Manav Mishra

Blloger and Computer Engineer, Pune

Dr Satish Pandey

Chairman BOS, University of Mumbai

Dr.madhu shukla
pryag sangeet samiti

Tentative Programme of the Seminar


9.00 a.m to 10.00 a.m


10.00 a.m to 11.00 a.m

Inaugural Function

11.00 a.m to 11.15 am


11.15 am to 1.00 pm

Lecture by Resource Persons

1.00 pm to 2.00 pm


2.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Lecture by Resource Persons

3.30 pm to 3.45 pm


3.45 pm to 5.00 pm

performing arts


This is to certify that

a)     Institution has no objection if the Seminar on “Role of Computer Technology in development of Rashtra Bhasha Hindi ” is organized in the College premises on  15th January, 2010.

b)    Space and other infrastructure facilities would be extended for organizing the aforesaid seminar.

c)     The funds shall be utilized for the purpose for which they are sanctioned.

Signature of the Principal of the College

Name          : Dr.(Mrs.) Anita Manna

Address      : K M Agrawal College of Arts, Commerce and Science

Kalyan-Padgha Road, Gandhare, KALYAN – 421 301, Dt. Thane,      


4. Members               - 1) Shri R B Singh

       2) Dr. V K Mishra

                                     3) Dr Munish Pandey

                                     4) Mrs Nimbalkar

                                      5) Mrs. M. M. Sohoni

                                      6) Mr. K. S. Chavan

                                      7) Mr. B K. Mahajan

                                      8) Mr. R K Kor

                                      9) Mrs Preeti Sarode

                                     10) Mr. S W Kulkarni                                


Give the estimated budget for different kinds of Expenditure: amount in Rs.


TA for young Teachers (below 45 years)(Indian)


TA/DA for resource person (Indian)



Pre-Conference Printing (Announcement, abstracts etc.)


Publication of proceedings






Secretarial assistance



Local Hospitality





11. Date of Seminar                           :  15th January, 2010