Farah Yasmeen Shaikh

Farah Yasmeen Shaikh is an internationally touring Kathak artist and Founder and Artistic Director of Noorani Dance. A former member of the Chitresh Das Dance Company, Farah was trained for two decades by the late Pandit Chitresh Das. Farah now performs her own traditional and innovative works, most notably, 'The Twentieth Wife' based on the novel by author Indu Sundaresan. Farah is currently touring her follow up to this performance, 'The Forgotten Empress,' focused on the life of Mughal Empress Noor Jahan, with support from the New England Foundation for the Arts. Working extensively in Pakistan, Farah performs and teaches throughout the country. Farah’s newest production is based on the 1947 India-Pakistan Partition, set to premiere in 2018 in San Francisco. Farah has been a guest choreographer for the World Dance Program at Alvin Ailey Extension and is currently a consulting choreographer for the world premiere musical of 'Monsoon Wedding' at the Berkeley Repertory Theater and for an upcoming film, 'Forbidden Steps.'

May 01, 2017
Gaining Perspectives, Changing Perceptions – Article #3: The Illusion of Borders

Mar 01, 2017
Gaining Perspectives, Changing Perceptions – ARTICLE #2: Our World in Constant Motion

Dec 01, 2016
Gaining Perspectives, Changing Perceptions: ARTICLE #1: How Politics and Power Shaped Dance in Pakistan

Apr 01, 2014
The Art of Storytelling: Kathak’s Evolving Connection to Religion

Oct 01, 2013
Discovering Traditions Outside Our Own Communities

Mar 01, 2013
Upaj (Improvisation) of Life Captured on Film