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ART & CULTURE

 |  9-minute read
India, British, Courtesans, Tawaifs

How tawaifs fell from grace and came to be known as prostitutes

It was a term of respect not derision.

ART & CULTURE

 |  12-minute read
Courtesans, Rekha, Dream Girl, Hema Malini

Courtesans in Bollywood: How the tawaif transitioned into 'modern' Indian woman

[Book excerpt] The courtesan represents higher culture derived from royal courts as she and her house have a lot in common with upper-class women and their homes.

ART & CULTURE

 |  24-minute read
Women, Courtesans

Seduction, music and sex education: Life and times of Awadh's glorious tawaifs

[Book excerpt] The attire of prostitutes did not provide any unseemly exposure of the female body.