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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The nautch girls play a crucial cultural interactive role between the native and the early English settlers and influence upper class women who try to imitate them.
This phenomenon was best highlighted by the Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg where a cop (Khan) is seen gyratings to the moves of a nautch girl (Malaika Arora Khan) in a police station in UP.
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.
Bet there was no messing around with the Nautch girls in Rewa in the late 1800s.
West describes "the spray of fountains" amid "a band of nautch girls, round-limbed and luscious-lipped" who "'danced with voluptuous grace," inspiring a "martial delirium" in which "a thousand scimitars were bared.
When he began to preach as well as practice his exotic arts, rumors of sinuous nautch dancers and sex rituals attracted the attention of police and press.
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.
Like the Indian nautch dancers, the ronggeng are reputed to be prostitutes but they are never despised or subjected to abuse .