Definition of nautanki in English:

nautanki

noun

  • A form of Indian popular theatre, incorporating both dialogue and song, and taking themes from Indian myth and from contemporary social issues.

Origin

1960s. From Hindi nauṭaṅkī from the title of a dramatized version of a Multani folk tale. The following quot. explains the origin of the character's name.

Pronunciation

nautanki

/nɔːˈtaŋki/