Meeting/Start Point: Chawri Bazar Metro Station, Gate No. 3.
This walk is an effort to correct widespread misunderstandings about the Tawaif (highly civilized courtesan) culture.
It is important to recognize that the last 5000 years which spanned the Harappan age, the Vedic era, the Mahajanpadas, the Delhi
Sultanate, the Mughal and the early British era, each had its public women who were the repository of dance and music while working in the capacity of professional entertainers.
Chawri Bazar remained a promenade street of Old Delhi which housed sprawling mansions of Tawaifs. The charm of these Tawaifs brought kings, nawabs, poets and sahibs to their doorsteps. In this walk, you will try to identify the last remaining symbols of Kothas (Bordellos) in the street of Chawri Bazar and will unravel the phenomenal stories of celebrated Tawaifs such as Rupmati, Anarkali, Rana Dil, Lal Kunwar Nur Bai, Chamani Ram Jani, Uttam Bai, Firdaus Jan, Ad Begum, Alfina and Punna Bai. You will trace the downfall of this institution which was a result of the moral censorship on part of Christian missionaries, the misconstrued notion of civilizational inferiority on part of western educated Indians, and the greed to acquire the prized properties of the Tawaifs which ultimately forced them out of city limits to Brothels or Red light areas.
This offbeat immersion is brought to you by GointheCity and hosted by Gaurav Sharma. Gaurav was born in 1987 and has been a lifelong Dilliwala. He grew up amidst the multilayered culture of Delhi. He has a degree in History (honours) from Dayal Singh College, University of Delhi and subsequently he enhanced his passion for history by completing the India: Art and Culture certificate from the National Museum Institute. His experience of working in art galleries gave him a fair idea of what art connoisseurs look for. He was a history consultant with the Times Newspaper in Education and had a short stint at Khalsa college, St. Stephen's Colleges and the Department of History at Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi. His long experience
of researching on historical personalities has lent him enough credentials to narrate historical events in a well-researched/factual and storytelling manner.Note
-You are required to share your booking details via phone/SMS/WhatsApp with GointheCity on these numbers: Aditi - 9818688010; Ajay - 9582891707.
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-Parental guidance is advised if you plan to bring children.