Mah Laqa Bai and Courtesans in the British Library's Collections

Mah Laqa Bai
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Learn about the history of courtesans in South Asia and their contributions to literature and culture.

This is an online only event hosted on the British Library platform. Bookers will be sent a viewing link shortly before the event and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.

This event will be live captioned.

We will be joined by Emory College’s Professor of South Asian and Islamic Studies Scott Kugle who will be discussing the 18th century-Hyderabadi courtesan Mah Laqa Bai, the first woman to produce a full-length collection of Urdu poems.

The discussion will particularly focus on the Divan-e-Chanda (IO Islamic 2768), an early manuscript written by Mah Laqa Bai, and one of the treasures of the British Library’s Islamic South Asia collections.

This seminar coincides with the publication of a poetry anthology from the British Library, which includes one of Mah Laqa Bai’s poems on love.

Image: Photograph of the Bengali actress and courtesan Binodini Dasi from her autobiography, Binodinīra Kathā, VT 3349(b)

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Name: Mah Laqa Bai and Courtesans in the British Library's Collections
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Online Free Event: £0.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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