Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak

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Maharaj Ghulam Hussain
Born 1905
Calcutta, India
Died 2001
Lahore, Pakistan
Occupation Dancer, Teacher
Dances Kathak

Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak (1905 – 2001) was a classical dancer and teacher for the art. He held the distinction of singularly sustaining the tradition of classical dance in Pakistan and producing students like Nahid Siddiqui, Fasih Ur Rehman, Nighat Chaodhry, Amy Minwala and Panna among many others.

Early life[edit]

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

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 the legacy of the great Kathak maestro through sheer hard work, self-discipline and dedication for the last 25 years.[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 (1999-01-01). India's Kathak Dance, Past Present, Future. p. 126. ISBN 978-8170173748. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  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. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ "Latest Interview with Fasih-Ur-Rehman, Celebrity Online". Retrieved 2016-12-24.