Marathi is at least one thousand years old, and derives its grammar and
syntax from Pali and Prakrit. The Marathi language is also
known as Maharashtri, Maharathi, Malhatee or Marthi.
An annual literary event called 'Maharashtra Sahitya Sammelan' is held since 1930. Marathi Drama with its unique flavour of 'Sangeet Natak', scholarly discourses called
'Vasant Vyakhyanmala', Marathi folk dance called 'Lavani', and annually published magazines called 'Diwali Ank' are some of the peculiar features of Marathi linguistic culture.