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Nautch Girls of India: Dancers. Singers, Playmates

Pran Nevile (Author)
Synopsis The Nautch girl as an entertainer of men belonged to a unique class of courtesans who played a significant role in the social and cultural life of India in the 18th and 19th centuries. She represented a delightful synthesis of different cultures and dance forms the classical and the popular. The Nautch girl was no ordinary woman of pleasure. She had refined manners, a ready wit and poetry in her blood. She catered to the tastes of the elite who had the time, resources and aptitude to enjoy her company. Her sexual favours were reserved for the chosen few. Over the centuries, she appeared in various incarnations, but chiefly as a temple dancer dedicated to the gods, for dance is believed to have divine sanction. Historians, sociologists, novelists and chroniclers have done no justice to the Nautch girl. They have depicted her either as a vamp or as a showgirl on festive occasions organized by the wealthy. This book attempts to set the record straight. It traces her emergence in the Mugha
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About the author

Pran Nevile

Pran Nevile was born in Lahore and took his postgraduate degree from there. After a distinguished career in the Indian Foreign Service and the United Nations, he turned a freelance writer and has specialized in the study of social and cultural history of India. Lahore: A Sentimental Journey is his first full-length literary work.
He has written extensively on Indian art and culture and also acted as a consultant for two BBC films on the Raj. He is the author of Love Stories from the Raj, Nautch Girls of India, Beyond the Veil, Rare Glimpses of the Raj, Stories from the Raj: Sahibs, Memsahibs and Others, and K.L. Saigal: Immortal Singer.

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Bibliographic information

Title Nautch Girls of India: Dancers. Singers, Playmates
Author Pran Nevile
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Prakriti India
Language: English
isbn 8190068806
length 182p., Plates.