Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak

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Maharaj Ghulam Hussain
Born1905[citation needed]
Died28 June 2001[citation needed]
Occupation(s)Dancer, teacher

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

Early life[edit]

Ghulam Hussain was born in Calcutta in a syed family.[citation needed]

Initially he was in Agha Hashar's drama company later he once saw Acchan mahraj's performance there first time this was his first encounter with Kathak. After the downfall of drama in 1930 as an art, he along with other artists gathered there in Rampur where he became ganda band disciple of Acchan Maharaj and learnt from him.[citation needed][1][2]

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 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]


  1. ^ "Lahore Chitrkar - Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  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. ^ "Fasih-ur-Rehman". Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Latest Interview with Fasih-Ur-Rehman, Celebrity Online". Retrieved 24 December 2016.