A tawaif was a highly sophisticated courtesan who catered to the nobility of India, particularly during the Mughal era.The tawaifs excelled in and contributed to music, dance (mujra), theatre, and the Urdu literary tradition, The patronage of the Mughal court before and after the Mughal Dynasty in the Doab region and the artistic atmosphere of 16th century Lucknow made arts-related careers a viable prospect.
The annexation of Oudh by the British in 1856 sounded the first death-knell for this medieval institution.
It soon was not favoured by the British, and the women were branded as prostitutes to defame them. They used to be the only source of popular music and dance and were often invited to perform on weddings and other occasions.
Some of them became concubines of maharajas and wealthy individuals.
With the emergence of movies and record industry, they lost popularity.
The image of the tawaif has had an enduring appeal, immortalized in Bollywood movies.
She normally spruces up wisely, provoking and lady comparable and she usually wears high heels shoes, adores good-looking taboos and adornments.