Chhaya Khutegaonkar & Maya Khutegaonkar



Born on 15 August 1961 and 15 August 1969 respectively, in village Parbhani of Maharashtra, Shrimati Chhaya Khutegaonkar and Shrimati Maya Khutegaonkar have received training in Lavani dance from their mother Shrimati Rukmini Khutegaonkar. The elder sister of the duo, Shrimati Chhaya Khutegaonkar has further learnt the intricacies of the Lavani dance and songs from renowned gurus like Shri Pandurang Ghotkar and Shri Shankar Javalkar. Shrimati Maya Khutegaonkar, the younger sister of the duo has also learnt the nuances of Lavani dance from her elder sister.
Acknowledged as leading dancers of Lavani, the duo have performed extensively throughout the country in numerous events and festivals like Apna Utsav organized by the Government of India in Delhi in 1986; the Commonwealth Games Ceremony held in Delhi in 2010; the International Lavani Mahotsav held in China in 2014, and have conducted many state-level Lavani dance workshops in Maharashtra.
For their notable contribution to Lavani, the sisters have been felicitated with many awards by various institutions of Maharashtra including the Maharashtra Kala Niketan award conferred by the State Government of Maharashtra; and the Shahir Chhagan Bhau award. Shrimati Chhaya Khutegaonkar has also received the Maharashtra State Government award in the year 2014.
Shrimati Chhaya Khutegaonkar and Shrimati Maya Khutegaonkar jointly receive the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for their contribution to the Lavani dance of Maharashtra.