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Death and the maiden : the floating courtesan in Pakeezah / Hugo Ríos
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En: Atenea (ISSN 0885-6079) vol. 30, núm. 1-2; ene-dic 2010: p 33-46. bibl.
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Revista: Atenea, vol. 30, núm. 1-2; ene-dic 2010.
Resumen: The courtesan film occupies a particular position in the popular imagination of India. Its great popularity could be ascribed to its hybrid status, the character of the courtesan being hard to define. Sumita Chakravarty describes the character as “as dancing girl, nautch-girl, prostitute or harlot” and, above all, as both “celebrated and shunned” (269). Rachel Dwyer suggests the appeal of a “lost” Islamic element and the relationship between memory, loss and poetry and the ghazal (88). Films such as Tawaif, Umrao Jaan, Mamta, Amar Prem, Utsav, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Bhumika and Pakeezah, among others, serves as testimony of the vital force that emanates from the Courtesan Film, but it is the last mentioned that packs all the elements of the Courtesan Film plus an interesting commentary on two seemingly unrelated issues: death and floating condition of the courtesans.
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