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Mujra Artist

Mujra Artist

Mujra Artist

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If we were to be guided by the word ‘artist’ for a mujra dancer, it would have been a acceptable image of a respectable member of society. However, it ironically brings to light the pathos prevalent in the very reference of a mujra artist. Though the practice originated as a form of dance by tawaifs (courtesans) during the Mughal Era, incorporating element of native Kathak dance on music such as thumris and ghazals. The tradition of performing mujra was a family art and often passed down from mother to daughter, amongst Muslim practitioners. The profession was a cross between the art and exotic dance with the performers often serving as courtesans among Mughal royalty or wealthy patrons. But by the early 1900’s many tawaifs had moved into the prostitution industry. As a result of which it naturally lost its former reputation and came to be looked down upon.

All said and done society has always harbored practices worth being erased. For man has forever been a hypocrite. Wherever there have been opportunities, man has not hesitated to exploit them. Be it nature, or those less fortunate than ourselves. And the intensity of degradation goes uncounted for. That’s how women have forever been exploited. And a painting like this only brings to mind that aspect of human society. A piercing reminder of the truth of our being.

This is a batik painting; the word batik involves the wax-resist dyeing technique used in textiles. This art is thought to be more than thousand years old. India has a rich tradition in batik paintings.

The form of the dancer has been shown in the most simple manner possible. Almost as if the artist wanted to communicate that truth is not dependent upon lengthy intellectual verbalization, be it through the simplicity of words or colors and form. The simplicity of the motif here emphasizes that audibly enough.

This description by Bhoomika Jain.

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