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The ‘Patang Naach’ of the Dancing Girls

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For the purpose of entertainment, the role of dancing girls in the Mughal court was as important as any. Enthusiasts of the arts, they patronized and encouraged the dance form and held mehfils quite frequently. It’s easy to think of the dancing girls in narrow terms of sex slavery and eroticism but records tell us that art was at the…

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HOW OLD IS LAHORE?

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In 1959 the department of archeology carried out an archeological strata analysis of a site inside the walled city. A 52 foot deep sample was taken and three layers with proof of dwellings were found. The lowest, at 45 feet, had ‘fine brick earlier occupation compacted soil’. The estimate was that this was a 3000 year old dwelling. Experts had…

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The story of BAZAAR-E-HUSN

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‘Come evening and they would be out in their balconies in the finest of silks and jewels. Their eyes would be lined with kohl and their lips red with dandasa, bark of the walnut tree and the most fragrant of eastern perfumes or itars would fill the air. They were known as diamonds and such was their glitter that the…

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THE LAHORE BOLLYWOOD CONNECTION

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Lahore is the cultural capital of Pakistan. Lahore is the heart of Pakistan. Lahore is torch bearer of arts and literature in Pakistan. How many times have we heard variations of such adages about Lahore. Perhaps so many times that we take such maxims for granted and mindlessly repeat them without really knowing what they mean. Like in other fields,…

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