Definitions for nautchnɔtʃ
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(in colonial India) a performance by one or more professional female dancers.
Category: Indian (India)
Origin of nautch:
1800–10; < Hindi nāch
nautch, nauch, nautch dance(noun)
an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls
A dance in South Asia, performed by professional dancing girls.
Origin: From Hindustani नाच / ناچ.
an entertainment consisting chiefly of dancing by professional dancing (or Nautch) girls
In North India, Nautch is one of several styles of popular dance, performed by girls known as Nautch girls. The word Nautch is an anglicized version of नाच, a word found in Hindi and Urdu, 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". The culture of the performing art of Nautch rose to prominence during the later period of Mughal Empire, and the Company Rule. Over time, the Nautch traveled outside the confines of the Imperial courts of the Mughals, the palaces of the Nawabs and the Princely states, and the higher echelons of the officials of the British Raj, to the places of smaller Zamindars, and other places. Some references use the terms Nautch and Nautch girls to describe Devadasis who used to perform ritual and religious dances in the Hindu temples of India. However, there is not much commonality between the Devadasis and the Nautch girls. The former performed dances, mostly Indian classical dances, including the ritual dances, in the precincts of the Hindu temples to please the temple deities, whereas the Nautch girls performed Nautches for the pleasure of human beings. In 1917, attributing the adjective to a woman in India would suggest her entrancing skill, tempting style and alluring costume could mesmerize men to absolute obedience
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