A Hindi dance trib­ute

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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.

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