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Memories From Kamathipura: 'The First Time I Saw My Father'

Memories From Kamathipura: 'The First Time I Saw My Father'

Fathers' Day ruminations of the son of a 'tawaif' from Kamathipura in Maharashtra: 'He came for sex. She gave him love':

20 June 2022
Gangubai's Kamathipura

Gangubai's Kamathipura

Residents in Kamathipura feel stigmatised with sex workers standing on the road and soliciting clients.

09 March 2022

Mary Ellen Mark And The ‘Cage-Girls’ of Kamathipura’s Falkland Road

The American photojournalist’s iconic shots of sex workers in Kamathipura are testimony not just to her photographic prowess but also to her humanity and...

Kamathipura Redevelopment: Will Govt Pay Heed To Sex Workers And Their Vulnerable Children?

Kamathipura Redevelopment: Will Govt Pay Heed To Sex Workers And Their Vulnerable Children?

For nearly four decades, Priti Patkar has been working with trafficked women in the sex trade and their children in Mumbai’s red-light area, Kamathipura.

08 March 2022

‘Ten Rupees’: Manto’s Short Story Explores Sex And Gender Binary

Saadat Hasan Manto’s short story ‘Das Rupay’ is the tale of a 15-year-old pushed into the flesh trade by her mother. In his early days in Mumbai, Manto...

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08 March 2022
Sex work is like any other work

Sex work is like any other work

Sex work is like any other work


07 March 2022
Shades of Gangubai and Kamathipura

Shades of Gangubai and Kamathipura

Lachmi is in her late seventies and now owns a room in the old building in gully no 14 where gangubai used to own rooms and where her statue is. Lachmi is from...


06 March 2022
When the towers come, remember us - Zeenath, eunuch sex worker, Gully No. 1, Kamathipura

When the towers come, remember us - Zeenath, eunuch sex worker, Gully No. 1, Kamathipura

I met Zeenath in 2012 for a story on adoptions by eunuch sex workers. For years, I have seen Kamathipura’s red light area fade away as builders move into...


05 March 2022
A Prostitute Recounts Her First Encounter With Gangubai In Kamathipura

A Prostitute Recounts Her First Encounter With Gangubai In Kamathipura

Gangubai lived in the seventh lane of Kamathipura. It could not be called a cage because it did not have a smutty ambience. There were no doors with iron bars...


03 March 2022
Gangubai's daughter speaks to outlook

Gangubai's daughter speaks to outlook

Up the flight of stairs in a dingy building in Gully No. 14 in Kamathipura, if you turn to your right, a passageway appears. Under the reddish glow, the bust...


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02 June 2022
Love, Loss And Longing Among Kamathipura’s Sex Workers

Love, Loss And Longing Among Kamathipura’s Sex Workers

The parallel world of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, with its aesthetically-lit windows and luxurious sentimentality that glows in the yellow fairy lights, doesn’t...


27 May 2022
Kamatipura: Namdeo Dhasal’s Ode To Mumbai’s Dark Underbelly

Kamatipura: Namdeo Dhasal’s Ode To Mumbai’s Dark Underbelly

This poem appeared in Namdeo Dhasal’s 1981 Marathi collection, 'Tuhi Iyatta Kanchi' (What Grade Are You In), later translated to English by Dilip Chitre, and...


27 May 2022
Bollywood’s Sex Workers: Courte-sans Creativity

Bollywood’s Sex Workers: Courte-sans Creativity

Never known for originality or verisimilitude, Bollywood scriptwriters trawl the absolute depths when creating on-screen prostitutes, in search of lucre


27 May 2022
From Shabana Azmi To Alia Bhatt: A Walk On The Wild Side

From Shabana Azmi To Alia Bhatt: A Walk On The Wild Side

Very few Indian directors have handled the subject of sex workers sensitively. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai is an exception.


27 May 2022
Sex Workers Of Kamathipura: Nowhere To Go, Nowhere To Live

Sex Workers Of Kamathipura: Nowhere To Go, Nowhere To Live

Multiple factors including the law have made it impossible to collectivise the women in the locality


27 May 2022
Developing Kamathipura: Life Measured in Square Feet

Developing Kamathipura: Life Measured in Square Feet

Plans to revive Mumbai’s infamous locality of Kamathipura have remained, at best, a dream for its residents


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27 May 2022
Kamathipura Redevelopment But For Whom?

Kamathipura Redevelopment But For Whom?

An ambitious redevelopment plan is being readied for Kamathipura, whose lanes had seen a thriving sex trade. Forced out of the area, the sex workers will lose...


08 June 2022
The Sonshine Years: Bitter-sweet Memories Of Growing Up In Kamathipura

The Sonshine Years: Bitter-sweet Memories Of Growing Up In Kamathipura

'There’s more hardship in sex work. The tawaif wants just a little bit of izzat, which the sex worker is denied to even dream about.'


27 May 2022
Of Whoring And Waiting: The Sages And Cages Of Kamathipura

Of Whoring And Waiting: The Sages And Cages Of Kamathipura

A 2019 raid rescuing 141 girls held behind trap doors and steel cages raised a poignant question—how long will art continue imitating life?


01 March 2022
For Many, Redevelopment Of Gangubai's Kamathipura Is A Dream-Come-True Project

For Many, Redevelopment Of Gangubai's Kamathipura Is A Dream-Come-True Project

For decades on end the people of Kamathipura have dreamed of big houses, furniture and the privacy of closed doors. If the redevelopment of this area takes...


25 February 2022
Gangubai's Daughter On Alia Bhatt Film: 'My Mother Was A Respected Woman'

Gangubai's Daughter On Alia Bhatt Film: 'My Mother Was A Respected Woman'

Four petitions filed by various people against the Hindi film 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' have been dismissed by the Bombay High Court, paving way for the release of...


27 May 2022
Gangubai Kathiawadi: Why Kamathipura's Matriarch Is In The News Again

Gangubai Kathiawadi: Why Kamathipura's Matriarch Is In The News Again

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' is in the eye of a storm, as the real-life daughter and grandson of the brothel owner are fighting to...


22 February 2022
Alia Bhatt's 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' In Legal Trouble

Alia Bhatt's 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' In Legal Trouble

Actress Alia Bhatt's 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' faces trouble, with a Kamathipura resident and MLA filing a complaint with the High Court over the film's use of the...


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