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THE DANCING GIRLS AND THE HIRA MANDI

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Contrary to the meaning the term ‘dancing girl’ has come to acquire, its historical meaning is far from its current connotation. There are a three important terms that refer to such artisans or courtesans. These terms are: ‘tawaif’, ‘nautch’ and ‘kanjri’. Far from the connotation it has assumed, the word ‘tawaif’ is a word rich with emotional connotations. The term…

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JUST WHO WAS BILLO

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Ever heard the term Billo or Billo Rani? The name has become more of an expression. It has a certain charm to it and is deep rooted in Punjabi history. It has made its way in our daily usage and our popular culture as a term of endearment or a playful taunt. Abrar-ul-Haq’s songs being a case in point. But…

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