The Swaddle

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Episode 1 - Finding The Tawaifs

August 19th, 2019

12:43

Bombay has a rich courtesan legacy, but it’s shrouded in secrecy now. Our host, Kunal, tries to find a connection to this insular world. Episode 1's …

Episode 2 - A Poet's Taleem

August 19th, 2019

15:40

Finally, a family of courtesans from the secretive Mujra community opens up. A trained Urdu poet and a singer-dancer discuss their craft and their place in society. Episode 2's English-language transcript is available …

Episode 3 - A Break With The Past

August 19th, 2019

21:05

A mother-daughter courtesan duo reflects on their divergent paths, and how much this matrilineal culture has changed in just one generation. Episode …

Episode 4 - A Crumbling Community

August 19th, 2019

18:36

With Mujra in decline, a neighborhood that was once the nerve center of Bombay’s courtesan culture struggles to stay alive. Episode 4's …

Talking women in Bollywood with Gayatri Rangachari Shah

December 24th, 2018

18:11

We sat down with Gayatri Rangachari Shah, journalist and co-author of the new book Changemakers: Twenty Women Transforming Bollywood from Behind the …

Episode 4 - The Home Guard

October 1st, 2018

21:08

For Indian women, going out alone after dark has always been off-limits. The night is a Lakshman Rekha, the line that they must not cross if they want to be safe. So, what happens when women cross this boundary? This …

Episode 3 - The Bouncer

October 1st, 2018

18:53

For Indian women, going out alone after dark has always been off-limits. The night is a Lakshman Rekha, the line that they must not cross if they want to be safe. So, what happens when women cross this boundary? This …

Episode 2 - The Bar Dancer

October 1st, 2018

17:16

For Indian women, going out alone after dark has always been off-limits. The night is a Lakshman Rekha, the line that they must not cross if they want to be safe. So, what happens when women cross this boundary? This …

Episode 1 - The Taxi Driver

October 1st, 2018

19:49

For Indian women, going out alone after dark has always been off-limits. The night is a Lakshman Rekha, the line that they must not cross if they want to be safe. So, what happens when women cross this boundary? This …

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