A Hindi dance tribute
Dance | The World of Jahanara Dec. 1, Aga Khan Museum
Jahanara Akhlaq’s talent for twirling made her a force in Kathak, the classical Indian dance. She had ambitions to build a career in Canada, but in 1999, at the age of 24, Akhlaq and her father, the renowned Pakistani painter, Zahoor ul Akhlaq, were shot dead inside their Lahore home. Almost two decades later, she’s still celebrated as a timeless influence of Hindi dance. Award-winning IndoCanadian choreographer Bageshree Vaze is revisiting Akhlaq’s legacy, combining dance, theatre and photography to reimagine the morning of her death. The performance is a bittersweet valedictory that mourns unfulfilled creative potential while celebrating the beauty of Akhlaq’s life.