The Real ‘Umrao Jaan’

The Real ‘Umrao Jaan’: An Experimental Performance on Shame & Sexual Exploitation

My brief experimental performance for charity using several images of sex workers in the Indian sub-continent. Based on a Hindi song from the film Umrao Jaan (1981), this performance highlights issues of shame experienced by girls/women who are sold to brothels, and the discrimination that they face when attempting to re-integrate back into mainstream society. This was performed on 24.2.17 at Hope n Mic, Kazi Nazrul Centre, Brick Lane, London.


Author: Dr. Sidrah Muntaha

I am a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in the role of music to promote emotional well being and recovery from mental health difficulties. Please visit my website for more information about how I use music in my work ( ©Copyright

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