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Vasantasenā; by Raja Ravi Varma

Nagarvadhu or Nagar Vadhu (Devanagari: नगरवधू) ("bride of the city") was a tradition followed in some parts of ancient India.

Women competed to win the title of a Nagarvadhu, and it was not a taboo.[1] The most beautiful and talented (in various dance forms) woman was chosen as the Nagarvadhu.

A Nagarvadhu was respected like a queen or Goddess, but she was a courtesan; people could watch her dance and sing.[2] A Nagarvadhu's price for a single night's dance was very high, and she was only within the reach of the very rich – the king, the princes, and the lords.

Famous Nagarvadhus[edit]

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  1. ^ Spectrum lead article, The Sunday Tribune, 24 Dec 2000
  2. ^ "~viktor/wisdom/osho/marriage". Archived from the original on 11 March 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2014.