Lavani performers rely on odd jobs, aid from fellow artists to survive the lockdown in the absence of govt help
Approximately 15,000 artists are exclusively dependent on lavani, which includes dancers, singers, music accompanists and technical staff. Their livelihoods are dependent solely on performances, rendering their earnings akin to daily wages.
Short-lived ban on 'political' plays at recent competition underscores Marathi theatre's past brushes with censorship
Firodiya Karandak, one of the most prestigious inter-college performing arts competitions held in Pune, announced that it would not be accepting plays that deal with ‘sensitive’ issues. This would have been the first time that a competition in Maharashtra, a state that hosts several such competitions, would have such a rule.