A typical folk drama of Gujarat called Bhavai is performed in village and temple by professional communities from the peoples of north Gujarat. The word Bhavai is derived from the Sanskrit word “Bhava” meaning expression of emotion or feeling.
Performance— The Bhavai drama is a continuous performance lasting the whole night. In Bhavai many “veshas” are performed in the open, without any stage equipment. Women are not strictly allowed to take part in the Bhavai. Therefore, the male artists perform female roles, which make the entire drama more joyful.