Jun 21 2015
Here is a delightful dancing girl in a pretty saree; a postcard published in Bombay, probably about 1910. The saree’s weight and weave remind me of one of the most costly examples in my own collection, a silk and cotton textile. Mine is a rich pink and lighter pink making up the textural check pattern, with accents and borders in teal blue. It is a wonderful colour combination!
The nautch girl is especially beautiful, projects energy and attitude in a sultry way, and sports some arresting ear and arm jewellery. Among my very first posts to this blog were images of a well-known dancer and singer, Gauhar Jaan. I wish we knew even half as much about other performers of the era as we do Gauhar, whose voice we can hear online today!