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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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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 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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