Mujra has been depicted in Bollywood films like Umrao Jaan and Devdas or other films that show the past Mughal rule and its culture. Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai and Rekha were some of the actresses who made this art form iconic in Bollywood.
Mujra is a form of dance originated by tawaif (courtesans) during the Mughal era which incorporated elements of the native classical Kathak dance onto music such as thumris and ghazals. Mujra was traditionally performed at mehfils and in special houses called kothas. The profession was a cross between art and exotic dance, with the performers often serving as courtesans amongst Mughal royalty or wealthy patrons.
As you have seen in the movies where mujra dance form is incorporated the women trained in mujras often end up in prostitution.There is a famous location in India, in the city of Agra where it is a tradition for every man to learn mujra. The mujra is an act that's traditional, yet sensuous. We are enlisting some courtesan acts by our hot divas that stole a lot of hearts in Bollywood.
The grace of a peacock, the beauty of a rose and the voice of a nightingale - the Lacknavi salon culture asked a lot of the courtesans. Here we have the top 10 actresses of Bollywood who would have been perfect for that era, given their excellent performance in the mujra art form.
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