A lecture presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Courtesans shaped the cuisine, the fashions, the music, the romantic affairs and the decadent styles of entertaining and feasting for which the city of Lucknow became infamous. They commanded great respect in the court and in society, but also became targets of a colonial regime that brought Lucknow's courtly existence to an abrupt end. Veena Talwar Oldenburg, Professor of History at the City University of New York and at Baruch College, will examine the rich and complex history of Lucknow's legendary court through their eyes. Her publications on Lucknow include The Making of Colonial Lucknow, 1856–1877 and Shaam e Awadh: Writings on Lucknow.
Image: Tilly Kettle, An Indian Dancing Girl with a Hookah, circa 1772, India, Uttar Pradesh, Faizabad, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection. Photo © Yale Center for British Art, USA /The Bridgeman Art Library (YBA 145615).
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