Laatoo: The State of Classical Dance in Pakistan

Saturday, 29th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a screening of Laatoo and a discussion with Director, Faizaan Peerzada

Laatoo, a 90-minute documentary, directed by Faizaan Peerzada and Alix Phillippon, explores the state of classical dance in Pakistan. It unfolds the trials and tribulations in the lives of professional dancers such as Naheed Siddiqi, Sheema Kermani, Tehreema Mitha, Indu Mitha and Fasi-ur-Rehman.

Laatoo attempts to unveil the hypocrisy of our society, in which so many forms of dance prevail, but the classical dance form, the most exquisite and inspiring has failed to receive official patronage on the pretext of religious norms. On the other hand, as we see in the documentary, the Sufi tradition uses dance as a tool for union with the Creator. The documentary tries to show what dance really is, a celebration of life, not the vulgarization of it. Laatoo chronicles the diversity of dance practiced in Pakistan, with images from the classical techniques of Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Orissy as well as mujras, fashion shows and dance parties; contrasting the spiritual with the vulgar.


Laatoo highlights the controversy, which inevitably comes into play, every time there is a formal presentation of dance. Dance, a refined yet very simple form of human expression, has been placed in the religious and socio-political context. The dialogue between the dancers and several speakers evolves a true understanding of the problems of the state, the conditions faced by dancers through different political tenures and the religious perspective on dance. Though Laatoo paints a bleak picture of dance in Pakistan, the fact that dance has happened and is happening through the resilient spirit of a handful of dancers, is proof enough that it is here to stay.

Date: Saturday, 29th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

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One Response to Laatoo: The State of Classical Dance in Pakistan

  1. Ali says:

    After viewing the documentary, I would say that a lots of hard work has been put in to prepare it. The cause seems to be sound and right as well. However, in my personnel opinion, the documentary doesn’t exactly say what its supposed to. It confuses the concept a lot and takes you away from the primary cause of its existence. Then, to me, there are certain aspects, not exactly tackled the way they were supposed to. Yet its my own personnel experience and people may differ. This comment is written with a hope that positive criticism is welcome and may result in improving things.



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