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Of course not every nautch girl was a refined courtesan, more often than not they were jobbing dancers. This advertisement for Sheela’s dance in 1934 is because in smaller Lahore cinemas that screened old films or B-grade films, a live song and dance by a local dancing girl (often from Heera Mandi) was common to draw in audiences (Lahore: A Sentimental Journey, Pran Nevile from which the book extract is taken).