Standing outside the legendary Aryabhushan Theatre in Pune, traditional lavani artiste Payal Shaikh speaks of returning to the dance after a three-year sabbatical.
"It's not uncommon to see a Hindu keep roza or a Muslim enter a temple to seek blessings.
VeleA forest honey seller in WaiThis small, lazy town on Pune-Satara road is a breath of fresh air for many lavani artistes.
Most work across the state but during Navratri, they come home to the devi mandir to dance, with the whole town watching.
This town also houses a sangeet bari theatre called Pushpraj Jai Malhar, famous for its baithaks.