The Forgotten Empress
Houston, April 2018
Produced by: Noorani Dance
Presented by: EnActe Arts and Asia Society
Written and Directed by: Matthew Spangler
Inspired by the novel: My Name is Gauhar Jaan by Vikram Sampath
A 17th century Moghul Empress who had charge of the Imperial Seal had coins struck in her name was a seasoned war general built Sarais and pleasure gardens across the land ran a fleet of trading ships designed the pre-cursor to the Taj Mahal introduced silver- threaded brocade and lace in fashion trends that we follow even today?
A widow with a daughter, re-married to a besotted King, banished and exiled by his successor?
The Forgotten Empress who broke all glass ceilings could be none other than Noor Jahan, twentieth wife of Emperor Jahangir.
A dynamic dance drama by acclaimed Kathak artist Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, directed Matthew Spangler with music by Salar Nader, delivers history through a spectrum of emotions, relationships and occurrences.
Musical Director: Salar Nader
Narrator: Radhika Rao
Vocalist: Deepti Warrier
Sarod player: Ben Kunin
Violinist: Raginder Singh Momi
Production Manager, Lighting & Scenic Designer: Andrew Kauffman
Sound & Video Director: Jack Beuttler
Costume Designer: Alka Garg
Make-up Artist: Natasha Datt
Set Designer: Jim French
Video & Multi-media Designer: Ian Winters
Sound Designer: Drew Yerys
Stage Manager: Salim Shaikh
Company Management: Annika Preseley
Creative Consultant: Brooke Duthie
Video Editor: Greg Gheorghiu
Ritu Mathur, Najma Noorani, Zeba Savage, Leah Brown
Performance by Kathak Artist: Farah Yasmeen Shaikh
Palo Alto Networks
Jupiter Research Foundation
Institute for South Asia Studies UC Berkeley
Radio DeHottie Media Mahima