Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak

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Maharaj Ghulam Hussain
Born1905[citation needed]
Died28 June 2001[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 in a syed family

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 Mahraj je and learnt from him

.[citation needed][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 bestowed 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.