Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak

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Maharaj Ghulam Hussain
Born1905[citation needed]
Died2001[citation needed]
OccupationDancer, teacher

Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak (1905 – 2001) was a classical dancer and teacher.

Early life[edit]

Ghulam Hussain was born in Calcutta.[citation needed] He was a Hindu who later converted - his early name of Maina].[1][2] Ghulam Hussain came to Pakistan in the 1960s.[citation needed] After staying in Karachi he moved to Lahore in 1971.[citation needed] He never performed in Pakistan.[citation needed] He was a disciple of Acchan Maharaj, the father of Birju Maharaj in India, who was a very well known performer.[citation needed] In a musical conference in Banaras in 1938, he was betstowed with the title "Maharaj Kathak" by his gurus, in the presence of singers and dancers.[citation needed]

Migration to Pakistan[edit]

Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak migrated to Karachi after the partition and lived there before moving to Lahore in his later years. He has been a major exponent in the arts and teaching of classical kathak dance in Pakistan, for over four decades.[3] Maharaj also appeared in 1995 Pakistani musical film Sargam directed by Syed Noor starring the singer Adnan Sami and his ex-wife Zeba Bakhtiar. This was followed by another appearance of Maharaj in a Pakistan Television play series.


Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak was the guru of Pakistani classical dancer Nahid Siddiqui, Nighat Chaodhry.[4][5][6] Fasih Ur Rehman, a discipline of Ghulam Hussain, has been carrying on his legacy.[7][8]


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  2. ^ The Encyclopedia of Pakistan, editors Hafeez Malik, Yuri V. Gankovsky, Oxford University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0195977356
  3. ^ Rainbow of music and dance: national performing arts group, Ayesha Taslim, Pakistan National Council of the Arts
  4. ^ Reginald Massey (1 January 1999). India's Kathak Dance, Past Present, Future. p. 126. ISBN 978-8170173748. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  5. ^ Old Roads, New Highways : Fifty Years of Pakistan, Victoria Schofield, Oxford University Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0195778458
  6. ^ British Alternative Theatre Directory 1988, David McGillivray, Robert Conway, Conway McGillivray, 1988, ASIN B00PAC01MA
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Latest Interview with Fasih-Ur-Rehman, Celebrity Online". Retrieved 24 December 2016.