Artist's description:

I never tire of painting dancers and cats as they are close to my heart.

This painting is inspired by the Indian actress, the beautiful Rekha who played "Umrao Jaan" a courtesan of Lucknow in the movie of the same name. Umrao Jaan is a 1981 Bollywood film directed by Muzaffar Ali. Based on the 1905 Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada, the film tells the story of a Lucknow courtesan and her rise to fame and fall. As a child who is kidnapped in the year 1840 and sold to a lady running a brothel, the little girl is trained to be a singer-dancer and she grows up to be an accomplished poetess and a renowned courtesan, Umrao Jaan. The dancing courtesan would woe the well to do in the city. And the story continues. It is a very touching story, of a woman who pines to lead a normal life. A movie to be watched. For the story and the portrayal of Umrao Jaan by actress Rekha

I always wonder why the Governments of the countries in the world do nothing to save the lives of the women who have been forced into the flesh trade, even though they know very well where these brothels are run etc. The story is the same everywhere, children kidnapped and sold to brothels. A life never their own. A life they never dreamt of, a million dreams of a normal life crushed for money hungry men and women.

I dedicate this painting to Umrao Jaan and the score of women like her, lives wasted to work against their will.

Size: 8.25"x 11.25" approximately. Watercolors on handmade paper.

A perfect gift item for sensitive people!

Please note that the colors of the original paintings may slightly vary from what they appear on computer monitors/mobile screens due to different camera/PC monitor/mobile screen resolution and settings.

You can choose between Premium and Economical shipping charges, as given below and message me through Artfinder messaging


Delays in Customs have been rare, and are beyond my control.
Shipping rates given are approximate for India Post's Premium Express Mail Service- International, with end to end tracking. Delivers in 4 to 10 business days against signature, depending on the location. Any excess postage paid by the buyer, over the actuals, will be refunded even if it is as low as USD1

If you prefer economical shipping , I can use signed for International Registered Air-Mail with a tracking number, at lesser rates- US$ 8 to 15 depending on the location, international delivery takes 10 to 21 business days. But some countries do not provide tracking updates after the shipment leaves India.

Message me for these shipment rates for your country.
Please contact me for shipping cost to countries not listed.

Import Duties/Vat
Import duties, taxes and charges if any, are to be borne by the buyer.

Materials used:

Handmade paper,watercolors

Umrao Jaan Indian Dancer Watercolor 11.25"x 8.25" (2017)


  • Artwork description
  • Shipping
  • Returns and refunds
    We want you to love your art! If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase you can return it free within 14 days, no questions asked. Learn more
  • Artist Reviews (54)
  • Make an offer on this artwork

This artwork is sold by Asha Sudhaker Shenoy from India

Would you like 10% off?