nautch


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nautch

(nɔːtʃ) or

nauch

n
(Dancing)
a. an intricate traditional Indian dance performed by professional dancing girls
b. (as modifier): a nautch girl.
[C18: from Hindi nāc, from Sanskrit nrtya, from nrtyati he acts or dances]

nautch

(nɔtʃ)

n.
(in colonial India) a performance by one or more professional female dancers.
[1800–10; < Hindi nāch]
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Noun1.nautch - an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girlsnautch - an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls
dancing, terpsichore, dance, saltation - taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
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INTRIGUINGLY, the nautch girl of the feudal past was the recurring theme as far as showstoppers went on Sunday.
Madhuri looks enthralling in her character of Begum Para, which is assumed to be a nautch woman, while Huma plays her friend.
Rajjo is a story of a Nautch girl who wants to be a dancer and she finally becomes a very big classical dancer.
Bhanwari Devi, who belongs to the nautch (dance) girl community exploited for centuries by the rich and the influential has been missing since September 1.
Bet there was no messing around with the Nautch girls in Rewa in the late 1800s.
The most common individual photographs of women that existed were of royalty and nobility (figure 3), or nautch (dancing) girls (figure la), but these were either sophisticated portraits for posterity, or exclusively for the voyeuristic male gaze.
Jogan Shankar, 1994) The movement initially concentrated on building public opinion and to enlist members to refuse to attend nautch parties as well as to refuse to invite devadasis to festivities at their homes.
With good reason: Twenty-one of Merchant-Ivory's forty-six films concern India and the Indian diaspora, including documentaries such as Helen: Queen of the Nautch Girls (1973), a profile of a Bollywood dancer who appeared in more than five hundred films, and the docudrama The Courtesans of Bombay (1983), which presages such later looks at the Indian demimonde as Salaam Bombay
15) In an even more corrupted interpretation, the word kalvant was used to signify the nautch, a venal dancer, a prostitute.
where young boys of Asiatic race, dressed as nautch girls, performed unseemly dances to an audience composed of all the sweepings of the Ottoman jails'.
Denis's The Nautch and Impromptu, both danced above by Marion Rice, who studied at the school.