Baradari (building)

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Baradari also Bara Dari (Urdu: بارہ دری‎) is a building or pavilion with 12 doors designed to allow free flow of air. The structure has three doorways on every side of the square-shaped structure.

Because of their outstanding acoustic features, these buildings were particularly well-suited for mujra dance or courtesan dance performances by the noble courtesans of India. They were also well-suited for live performances and private concerts by various musicians and poets in front of the ruling kings of the time. They were also valued for their fresh air during hot summers of India. Bara in Urdu/Hindi means Twelve and the word Dar means 'door'.


Some of the historic baradaris are Taramati Baradari,[1] Hazuri Bagh Baradari,[2] Goshamal Baradari, Baradari at Palace of Man Singh I at Amber Fort Jaipur etc.



  1. ^ "Cultural Hamlet". The Hindu. 27 January 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b, Hazuri Bagh Baradari, Lahore on History of Lahore website, Retrieved 28 February 2017