Nautch is one of the dance forms that had its origins in the Mughal era where wealthy families sent their daughters to learn this dance form that was performed along with music from master professionals.
The dancers would acquire political leverage behind the scenes and marry into the elite beyond their artistic prowess.
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Sadly, the dance form has been reduced to a dance meant for leering men who abuse and exploit dancers for their sexual needs, pushing the art form into dark shadows with the rise of religious conservatism in Pakistan.
Look at the video to know how the Nautch dancers of Pakistan eke out a living by preserving the dance form covered in the filthy layers of prostitution and perpetual sexual abuse.
Sources: The New York Times, PranNevile and others
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