Pakistan’s First National Dance Festival (made possible through the generosity of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pakistan). In order to establish a strong effective presence of Dance in Pakistan, it was necessary to bring together the few professional choreographers/dancers in the country. It was perceived that such a Dance Festival would put before the public (in the three major cities of Pakistan) dance, not only as mere entertainment but also as a pure art form, celebrating the differences of style of each choreographer.

There being no patron of Dance in Pakistan or cultural forums specifically set up to present Dance, each choreographer has been struggling in isolation. It was envisaged that the National Dance Festival would help promote Pakistan’s reputation in the cultural field, and would be an opportunity to acknowledge the work of these choreographers/dancers who have continued to create in the harshest of landscapes. It was hoped that interaction between choreographers and the chance of seeing each others work may also give rise to exciting cooperation in the future.

Acknowledgement should be given to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pakistan for funding the National Dance Festival. Their interest came at a crucial time for the preservation of Dance in Pakistan initiated by Tehreema Mitha, Indu Mitha

Participating Groups
Style of Performance - Odissi, Bharatanatyam & Contemporary

Sheem Kirmani & Students
Style of Performance - Odissi, Bharatanatyam & Contemporary

Nighat Chaudry & Students
Style of Performance Kathk & Contemporary

Sponsors : The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pakistan