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Perhaps from Sanskrit [Term?] (“expression, emotion”).
- (India) A type of folk theatre from Gujarat.
- 1992, Manohar Laxman Varadpande, History of Indian Theatre, volume 2, page 174:
- In the courtyard of the Ambaji temple near Mount Abu the Navaratri festival is celebrated with Bhavai performances.
- 1997, Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold, HarperCollins 2013, p. 75:
- She was not in the Princess' hair all the time nor did she watch her like a comic spy in a high drama of intrigue and discovery from a bhavai.
- 2009, Aparna Bhargava Dharwadker, Theatres of Independence, page 135:
- By introducing “literary drama,” Westernized theatre on the subcontinent also led to a rejection of such popular forms as the jatra of Bengal, the bhavai of Gujarat, and the tamasha of Maharashtra as “debased” and “corrupt.”