A Nagarvadhu was respected like a queen or Goddess, but she was a courtesan; people could watch her dance and sing. 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.
- Amrapali, state courtesan and Buddhist disciple, described in Vaishali Ki Nagarvadhu by Acharya Chatursen
- Vasantasena, a character in the classic Sanskrit story of Mricchakatika, written in the 2nd century BC by Shudraka
- Ca trù, a similar profession in Vietnam
- Geisha, a similar profession in Japan
- Kisaeng, a similar profession in Korea
- Tawaif, a similar profession in India
- Yiji, a similar profession in China
- Spectrum lead article, The Sunday Tribune, 24 Dec 2000
- "~viktor/wisdom/osho/marriage". phys.uni-sofia.bg. Archived from the original on 11 March 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
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