Private Project

Lavanya: Story of Ekalavya

As a Mumbai-city native, the director examines why- despite being aware of Lavani as a dance-form through films & news media portrayal, she was oblivious to the true essence of Lavani as a folk art-form. This film illustrates the parallels between a Lavani performer and any other theatrical production or classical performance who share the same theatre venues for their performances but are never regarded equally in social hierarchy. Through conversations with Akanksha, this film makes an effort to understand why a historically matriarchal art-form still struggles so greatly to be accepted by the Mumbai theatre scene.

  • Alisha Masurkar
  • Akanksha Kadam
    Key Cast
  • Alisha Masurkar
  • Aman Desai
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  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - National Institute of Design (NID)
Director Biography - Alisha Masurkar

Background in Design Research & Creative Writing pulled me to the world of filmmaking. As I was promoted from Art Department intern to a Set Dresser and Graphic Designer, pursuing masters in Filmmaking was a natural progression. I am an archer, a communication designer and now trying everyday to become a storyteller worthy of telling not just my stories but those which have inspired me to choose the path that I'm pursuing.

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