Katha of the Soul – World renowned Kathak dancer Nahid Siddiqui – program at Aga Khan University

Born in 1954 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Nahid started her training at the age of 15. She began dancing under the guidance of Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak of Lahore. After graduating from the Lahore College of Home Economics, Nahid was invited to join PIA Arts Academy, then known as the National Ensemble of Music and Dance. As a member of the Academy, she travelled widely, performing in many capitals of the world. In 1979, she left Pakistan for London, where she started teaching Kathak at the Birmingham Arts Council. During her own dance recitals, she became well known for pausing to explain the meaning of her gestures and the philosophy behind Kathak dance.

Nahid Siddiqui is one of the finest Kathak dancers and choreographers in the world. Her work has been recognized and acclaimed internationally. She has personally contributed hugely to the growth of and accessibility to Kathak through efforts like starting classes at the Bharatya Vidya Bhavan in London and introducing Kathak into the curriculum at the at the University of Surrey. Nahid’s creations have been original and ground-breaking blending traditional and contemporary techniques extending Kathak’s repertory and developing it as a universal vocabulary. Her work has received numerous accolades in Britain and around the world, including Pakistan’s highest artistic merit, Pride of Performance (1994), Time Out Award (1991), The Digital Award, British Cultural Award, International Dance Award, Faiz Ahmed Faiz Award and others. She continues to live, teach and make dance from Britain.

Date, Time and Venue:

Wednesday, April 04, 2007 4:00 PM at Aga Khan University Auditorium

4:00 – 4:05 PM Welcome address and introduction of the speaker
4:05 – 5:00 PM Lecture by Nahid Siddiqui
5:00 – 5:25 PM Question and answer session
5:25 – 5:30 PM Vote of thanks
5:30 – 6:00 PM Refreshments

For more information contact: conf.sect@aku.edu
or call Conference Secretariat: 486-4584
Admission is free – No seat reservation

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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  1. dear nahed
    i originaly belong to lucknow india i heard lot from my ustd guru afaque khan now i am residing in Indore i have taken my lesson from guru lacchu maharaj i am founder member of the institution LAYASHALA LALIT KALA SAMITI last month we had our programe in hong kong you can have my detail in art india .com


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