Lavani - a folk dance of Maharashtra. Touted as sensuous, erotic and of course vulgar. Not to be seen by respected men and certainly not by women. No women in audience, but yes - a woman photographer.

The dancers still stay by the old social rules and regulations. The caste system of India is so deep rooted with its stigma and poverty that many new women keep coming in this profession. Though the second generation hasn’t come in this way of life, as the existing dancers have kept their children out of it.

Here I have captured portraits, lives, joys, and most importantly.. dances of these women over last 3 years.

Mumbai's Lavani Photographs
Photos of Shakuntalabai Nagarkar