Dancing Girls of Lahore

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The dancing girls of Lahore inhabit the Diamond Market in the shadow of a great mosque. The twent....

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"Riveting and important. Even readers who don't think they're interested in Pakistani prostitution will find themselves engrossed."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A fascinating ethnography with Bollywood flair, even at its darkest moments."--Washington Post

Riveting and important. Even readers who don t think they re interested in Pakistani prostitution will find themselves engrossed. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

A fascinating ethnography with Bollywood flair, even at its darkest moments. --Washington Post"

-Riveting and important. Even readers who don't think they're interested in Pakistani prostitution will find themselves engrossed.---Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

-A fascinating ethnography with Bollywood flair, even at its darkest moments.---Washington Post

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A cultural history of Lahore's dancing girls discusses how their sophisticated art encompasses some of the best of Mughal culture and offers insight into life within the pleasure district as reflected by the experiences of a classically trained young dancer.

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 201 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The dancing girls of Lahore inhabit the Diamond Market in the shadow of a great mosque. The twenty-first century goes on outside the walls of this ancient quarter but scarcely registers within. Though their trade can be described with accuracy as prostitution, the dancing girls have an illustrious history: Beloved by emperors and nawabs, their sophisticated art encompassed the best of Mughal culture. The modern-day Bollywood aesthetic, with its love of gaudy spectacle, music, and dance, is their distant legacy. But the life of the pampered courtesan is not the one now being lived by Maha and her three girls. What they do is forbidden by Islam, though tolerated; but they are gandi, -unclean, - and Maha s daughters, like her, are born into the business and will not leave it. Sociologist Louise Brown spent four years in the most intimate study of the family life of a Lahori dancing girl. With beautiful understatement, she turns a novelist s eye on a true story that beggars the imagination. Maha, a classically trained dancer of exquisite grace, had her virginity sold to a powerful Arab sheikh at the age of twelve; when her own daughter Nena comes of age and Maha cannot bring in the money she once did, she faces a terrible decision as the agents of the sheikh come calling once more. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780060740436

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