The bar dancer is a part of the city�s thriving nightlife. Bombay never sleeps. The city is hailed as the crowning glory of the nation's entertainment industry. From the time when the East India Company developed Mumbai as a port and built a fort in the seventeenth century, Bombay has been a city of migrants. Migrants come to the city in search of livelihood and with the workers have come the entertainers. The traders, the sailors, the dockworkers, the construction labourers and the mill hands, all need to be �entertained�. So the government marked areas for entertainment called �play houses� which, even today, are referred to in the local dialect and parlance as �pilay ghar
� areas. Folk theatre, dance and music performances and, later, silent movie theatres all grew around the �play houses� and so did the sex trade. Within the red light district there were also places for performance of traditional and classical dance and music, and the mujra
(singing and dancing)houses.