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Famous actress, playwright and women activist Madeeha Gauhar is no more

Famous actress, playwright and women activist Madeeha Gauhar is no more
April 25, 2018
LAHORE (92 News) – Renowned actress, playwright, and women activist Madeeha Gauhar has passed away in Lahore today (Wednesday). She was 61. The founder of Ajoka Theatre was battling with cancer for the last three years. Madeeha Gauhar was born in Karachi on 1956. A brave woman, she was known for her commitment to theatre for social change. In 1983 she founded Ajoka Theater where social themes are staged in theaters, on the street and in public spaces. With Ajoka she has performed in Asia and Europe. In spite of her Western education, Gauhar does not limit her practice to classical Western theater techniques. Instead, she mixes authentic Pakistani elements with contemporary sentiments. With Ajoka, Gauhar has performed in Pakistan and other countries in the region such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, as well as in several countries in Europe. Madeeha was the first Pakistani to get the prestigious Prince Claus Award for her leadership of Ajoka, which was praised by the organizers of the Dutch prize for "[withstanding] pressures from the political and religious establishment, and [remaining] committed to the cause of theatre for social change." She was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize from Pakistan in 2005.