Video Highlights of The Forgotten Empress

Choreographed, Conceived & Performed by Farah Yasmeen Shaikh

The Forgotten Empress is a dynamic dance drama based on the history and life of Empress Noor Jahan exploring her strength and influence in 17th century Mughal India, and how she maintained her delicate power in a male dominated empire, only to be almost forgotten in the latter years of her life and in death.

Through an enthralling performance of South Asian classical dance, live music, multimedia, and theater, acclaimed Kathak artist Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, director Matthew Spangler, and musical director Salar Nader, along with their team of world-class musicians and actors, deliver the spectrum of emotions, relationships and occurrences surrounding this powerful woman. 

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The Forgotten Empress is a recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Choreographed, Conceived & Performed by Farah Yasmeen Shaikh

Matthew Spangler, Playwright & Director

Salar Nader, Musical Director & Original Score 

Ben Kunin, Sarod 

Raginder Momi Singh, Violin 

Deepti Warrier, Vocals 

Radhika Rao, Narrator/Actor
Sukanya Chakrabarti, Narrator/Actor 

Jack Beuttler, Production & Tour Director

Jerry Girard, Sound Director
Drew Kaufman, Lighting Design

Jim French, Set Design

Ian Winters, Multimedia Design

Drew Yerys, Sound Design 

Annika Presley, Company Manager
Alka Garg, Costume Design 

Zeba Savage, Wardrober Manager

Natasha Datt, Make-up Artist

Brooke Duthie, Creative Consultant, Photographer & Videographer 

Greg Gheorghiu, Video Editor 

Kara Adanalian, Graphic Design

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