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Published on 22 May 2011 | over 7 years ago

Mujra is a form of dance originated by tawaif (courtesans) during the Mughal era.Mujra was traditionally performed at mehfils and in special houses called kotha,Modern mujra dancers perform at events like weddings, birthday events and bachelor parties in countries where traditional Mughal culture is prevalent, such as Pakistan, often performing a modern form of mujra along with popular local music. Mujra has been depicted in Indian films like Umrao Jaan and Devdas.the city of Lahore is widely regarded as one of the biggest cultural hubs of the mujra dance.
The Kanjar in Pakistan are an urban community, and have over the centuries become associated with the profession of prostitution.the neighbourhood of Heera Mandi, in the walled city of Lahore, is the main centre of the tribe. The unmarried girls with in the community are prostituted, When a girl attains puberty and co-habits with a man for the first time, a feast called shadi missi is giving to the whole community."A Kanjar hears the music of tabla and ghungroo from the day of her birth and must begin her formal education before her non-Kanjar friends start going to school.The community has a symbiotic relationship with another community, the Mirasi, who are the traditional musicians of North India and Pakistan. In Pakistan, the Kanjar are a particularly vulnerable community, with a lifestyle that is deviant to the cultural norm of an orthodox Islamic society such as Pakistan.
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