October 2-3, 2010
The once sleepy hamlet of Dahanu is now a thriving coastal town, most famous for its chikoo orchards that fill the air with sweet, ripe aromas at harvest hour. Dahanu houses a substantial tribal population that is skilled in Warli art, a form that uses rice paste to spawn elaborate sceneries in the form of multiple dots, dashes and triangular shapes. There is a sizeable Zoroastrian population that has affected the milieu of Dahanu, in a most positive manner.
Over the years, the ecology of Dahanu has degraded significantly, partly due to the Reliance power plant that has severely affected farmlands and coastal produce. Sections of the once sparkling coastline are now littered with tourist scrap, that is nothing short of an eyesore.