Born in Lahore and brought up in England, Nighat has been a dancer from an early age as her skills were vividly visible when she was still a toddler. Later under the tutelage of legendary kathak dancer Naheed Siddque, she got herself groomed to perfection. Besides learning ballet and contemporary dance in London, Nighat also got herself trained in Kathak from the venerated institution of Kathak Kendra in Delhi, from Pandit Durga Lal of the Jaipur gharana. Today she is a force to reckon with; an institution to look forward to. With her newly founded NGO i.e. National Dance Foundations, Nighat aims to preserve the dance heritage of our country.
Mina is a contemporary visual artist working with multiple media. She is working as an assistant director, Alhamra Art Gallery and Incharge, Alhamra Academy of Performing Arts at Lahore Arts Council. She has served at Lahore Grammar School, Beaconhouse National University, and University of Management and Technology, Lahore as a faculty member. Her training as a miniature painter later helped her in utilizing its essence in her Masters with a unique approach. Her work has been exhibited at various art galleries; among them the prominent ones are Koel Gallery, V.M. Art gallery Karachi, Alhmara Art Gallery Lahore, Nairang gallery, Vogue art gallery Lahore. Her upcoming show is in Satrang Art Gallery Islamabad. She had curated various shows nationally and internationally.
Shireen Bano Rizvi
A Master’s degree in the Visual Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Miniature Painting) from the National College of Arts (NCA). Shireen has over twenty five years of experience as a fine artist. Rizvi has taught Miniature, Drawing, and History & Heritage courses at the oriental College of Arts. Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD), and the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan, and also remained the Regional Art Coordinator for the Beaconhouse School System. She currently heads the MA (Hons) Visual Arts program at the National College of Arts (NCA), and has displayed her artwork in numerous exhibitions in Pakistan and abroad. Shireen Bano has special interest in geometry, patterns, and abstract figurative art, which continues to be the focus of her current work.
Dahri holds a Masters in Visual Art from the National College of Arts and was awarded Charles Wallace Visiting Artist Fellowship 2013-14 to study at Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London. In 2017, he won the 1st Prize in the ‘Arjumand Painting Award’ and was honored with national recognition. He participated in Climate Change and Art – A Practitioners’ Retreat, an art residency in Swat in 2016; was selected for 8th Neerja Modi International Art Camp 2012 in Jaipur and attended Vasl residency, Karachi in 2007. As a resident artist at Studio RM from 2008 to 2013, Irfan remained an active member of different community projects regarding student counseling and training through lectures, seminars, discussions, and formal art classes. Irfan received the Chughtai Award and Principal’s Honors Award in 2003 for academic excellence in B. Design from the National College of Arts, where he teaches as permanent faculty. He has been curating art exhibitions in Pakistan since 2016 and works at O Art Space, Lahore as Gallery Curator. Dahri has been exhibiting his work in Pakistan, Dubai, Singapore, England, and India.
Mariam El Bacha
Mariam El Bacha’s career may have started in her native Argentina, where she opened multiplexes for Village Cines, but her story since has been a globe-trotting journey. The executive’s career has taken her to multiple international markets, including the United Kingdom (Vue Cinemas), Australia (Village Cinemas), Vietnam (MegaStar Cineplexes, later acquired by CJ CGV), and Malaysia (MBO Cinemas).
El Bacha has pursued one of the most intensive and promising international careers in the exhibition today. That journey will now continue in Pakistan, where she has been appointed the chief executive officer of Cinepax, the top cinema circuit in the country. Boxoffice spoke with El Bacha at the Emerging Cinema Markers Conference in Istanbul, where she shared her dedication and inspiration to “build a family entertainment solution for Pakistani families belonging to all classes.”
Fazal had enough of the emptiness within and started his little adventure about 12 years ago. On this journey he’s worked as an assistant director in Shoaib Mansoor’s ‘Bol’ and Jami’s ‘Moor’, he has worked on more than a dozen short films as a Director of Photography (DoP). He has also written and directed three short films. Fazal’s photography work also covers a wide scope of subjects and themes covering countless professional and independent projects.
Armughan Hassan embarked on his journey in the filmmaking genre in 1995, 3 years before even Graduating, by associating himself with a variety of advertising projects. His journey of feature films started with the editing of acclaimed Pakistani film “BOL” that took the box office by storm in 2011 and gave a new life to the dying Pakistani film industry. In 2013 he was selected as the IFP lab fellow for his remarkable work as cinematographer and film editor for the feature film “Dukhtar”. The film is the official Pakistani submission for the 87th Oscar Awards 2015. Armughan’s work was highly praised by the acclaimed critics in the International film market. He has experience of working on a variety of genres including documentaries, feature films, dramas and music videos.
After spending years in documentaries and Feature films, he has stepped into the mainstream TV commercials and is associated with the well known production company “iDcreations' ' from where he has launched his directorial career.
Madeeha Raza is the founder of Women Through Film. Women Through Film is a Pakistan based initiative trying to encourage and facilitate young girls and women to use self-expression, storytelling, fiction, and citizen journalism through filmmaking to raise their voice and create social change. Her work has been featured by BBC Urdu, BBC Asian Network, The Times & The Sunday Times UK, besides Dawn, Express Tribune and The News. She has recently been announced as the recipient of the LifeEffects Star Award 2017 at Croydon, London.