Natch girls of Srinugger, Cashmere.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of Natch or Nautch girls in Srinagar in the modern-day Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir was taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. It forms part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. Nautch girls traditionally sang and danced in temples as well as performing for the members of royal houses. Their training usually began in infancy. Each girl's profits would then be held as common stock until she was old enough to acquire the right to her own fund.