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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Nautch Dancers

Nautch Dance in Calcutta, ca. 1900In North India is one of several styles of popular dance, performed by girls known as Nautch girls. The word Nautch is an anglicized version of नाच (nāc), a word found in Hindi and Urdu (where it is spelled ناچ), and several other languages of North India, derived from the Sanskrit, Nritya, via the Prakrit, Nachcha. A simple and literal translation of Nautch is "dance" or "dancing". Read more from Wikipedia
Nautch Dancers, bottom photo from Meriyatrra