Deedar dances at GCU fundraiser

Published: January 20, 2011
GCU students watch singers perform. Event organisers said there was nothing vulgar about Deedar’s dances. PHOTO: APP

GCU students watch singers perform. Event organisers said there was nothing vulgar about Deedar’s dances. PHOTO: APP

LAHORE: Stage actress Deedar put on a two-hour dance performance at the Government College University’s (GCU) Bonfire Night on Tuesday, prompting anger among some quarters at the “debasement” of one of the city’s most prestigious educational institutions.

The event’s organisers said there was nothing vulgar about Deedar’s performance and it was all for a good cause, the university’s Help the Helpless campaign through which poor students can get financial aid. The GCU Welfare Society raised Rs1.5 million at Tuesday night’s event.

This was perhaps the first time that a theatre actress, a profession considered indecent by some, has officially performed at an event at a public university. She danced to several popular Pakistani and Indian songs including Sheela Ki Jawani and Munni Badnam Hui Darling Tere Liye.

Around 450 students bought Rs1,000 tickets for Bonfire Night. Men were instructed to wear a black suit, while women were required to wear a red dress and a rose. Couples were offered two tickets at the concessional rate of Rs1,800.

Other performers at the event included singers Shafqat Amanat Ali, Arif Lohar, Annie, Jassie and Amanat Ali Khan and bands Raga Boys and Call.

A BA student told The Express Tribune that he bought the ticket only to see Deedar. “At a private theatre, I couldn’t touch her or exchange smiles with her,” he said. “Thanks to GCU, my wish to dance with her has come true.” He said that GCU Registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid had asked Deedar to dance to the song Sheela Ki Jawani. The registrar was unavailable for comment.

Senior faculty members criticised Deedars’ performance, saying it was not worthy of an institution of GCU’s standing. They noted that in previous years, the performers had been classical singers and regional dancers practiced in historic art forms. Their performances had cultural and educational value, they said. “Deedar’s dance sends the wrong message across the world about the GCU. Half the audience was female students. What will they have learnt from Deedar’s dance?” asked one faculty member.

GCU Welfare Society adviser Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, an assistant professor, argued that the event was healthy entertainment that was good for the students. He said that the registrar was present at the event and there had been no vulgarity or indecent behaviour. He said Deedar had danced fully-clothed.

He also pointed out that by attending the event, the students had helped raise millions of rupees for poor students who might not be able to afford an education otherwise.

Iqbal Z Ahmed, noted industrialist and president of the GCU Endowment Fund Executive Committee, inaugurated the event by lighting the bonfire. Punjab Education Minister and Old Ravian Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, US Consul General Carmella Conroy and US Consulate Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Larson also attended Bonfire Night.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 20th,  2011.

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  • zoia
    Jan 20, 2011 - 11:41AM

    how disgusting………..GCU ashamed first time in historyRecommend

  • Tariq Nasim
    Jan 20, 2011 - 2:15PM

    So the sad demise of dooming nation has started. Shame on university administration and to so called promotors of moderation to hold or permit such functions.

    hence proven the new generation will rot and has lost it’s track of education.

    We are heading to moral death……Recommend

  • HS
    Jan 20, 2011 - 9:49PM

    I was SO upset that i wasn’t able to get the passes for the bonfire. Well I don’t have any regrets now. Serisouly Deedar!!..Urgh.Recommend

  • AHF
    Jan 20, 2011 - 10:39PM

    You know what dont be hypocrite including Abdul Manan who has not reported fairly! Other dailies have mentioned event in a positive way. Who among you have never danced in your lives or not listned to Shella Ki Jawani or Munni Badnam hoi! And this is what express news airs very frequently in every news bulletin. You guys can be sure that your near and dear ones dont listen to music or dance at all!Recommend

  • KS
    Jan 20, 2011 - 11:52PM

    GCU = Government Club University.. Hieght of shameness after reading xD Infact it was deedar. Why SFK cannot speak?? Recommend

  • RM
    Jan 21, 2011 - 1:03AM

    yes , there was deedar present there on the bonfire but this was a surprise ,nobody knew abt it .. yes , there was a performance but not of 2 hours ,it last less then 5min and it was a proper performance nothing was vulgar about it .. it is on youtube and anyone can see for theirselves about what i am talking about … Recommend

  • noor
    Jan 21, 2011 - 1:54AM

    Nothing like that happened. The pass was of 1000/- for EVERYONE no couple passes were there !! 2ndly the theme was red and black but it was a matter of choice, people were NOT forced to do that and certainly NO red roses were asked. Third no one knew that deedar is coming then HOW IN THE WORLD would any student know that and will buy ticket for that. It was ATV’s decision to bring her and registrar never danced with her OR said her to dance on any sing. !!Recommend

  • Mushtaq ur Rehman
    Jan 21, 2011 - 2:05AM

    it realy is a disgrace for an institute like GCU. I m an old ravian and this realy lowered my head down….Recommend

  • Danish Khan
    Jan 21, 2011 - 4:06AM

    Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal who is my favourite personalty, studied in this great university. Now the ‘modern Islamic administration’ of GCU is being involved in these types of third class acts. Disgusting…. :(Recommend

  • Hamza
    Jan 21, 2011 - 5:30AM

    New generation will rot NOT because they organize such functions, they will certainly ROT if they continue to glorify killers Recommend

  • Talha
    Jan 21, 2011 - 11:39AM

    It is sad to see GC forgetting what it is about. Its an institution of Amazing Pakistanis, scholars and is one of most respected seats of learning in this region with a rich history. This shouldn’t have happened. This level of performer shouldn’t have been invited in the first place. Discussing whether she was clothed or not is disgusting!Recommend

  • Mansoor
    Jan 21, 2011 - 12:14PM

    GCU must not be selected for this kind of function at all, there are several places in Lahore for this kind of fund raising, or different function could be arranged in GCU. Recommend

  • Amanat ali
    Jan 21, 2011 - 12:31PM

    what is this non-sense attempt to raise funds, this is not the way totally un-ethical, un-civilized. It is astonishing how the GCU administration allow this dance programme. This is not upto the standard of the institute.Recommend

  • Ravian
    Jan 21, 2011 - 1:21PM

    If this is the entertainment and if this is the way to raise funds it is disgusting.Recommend

  • Jan 21, 2011 - 2:55PM

    Without going into what Deedar and her elder sister Nargis (Ghazala) actually are. I am not defending anybody. But just being a devil’s advocate I am surprised by the dual standards and hypocracy of our society. She dances on stage in Al-hamra and Tamaseel, she dances on Cable TV channels, she dances on Tip-Top CDs sold like hot cakes. She has done almost 5 movie, more tha 60 stage drama, various coverpages and Television interview, including Geo TV. She was nominated as the most beautiful dancer in Punjabi stage drama by Punjabi Yearly Awards. She is highly paid for her acting on stage. A millionare herself. What was wrong If she did something for charity this time.Recommend

  • Iqbal + Khan
    Jan 21, 2011 - 7:26PM

    What is wrong with our people !!!!! Do they want to invite killers like Mumtaz Qadri (who assassinated Salman Taseer) for events like Borne Fire at GCU and other institutes of Pakistan. When will we get rid of this fake morality and hypocrisy that has eaten our society !!!!Recommend

  • kamran khaliq
    Jan 21, 2011 - 8:52PM

    salam to very one
    very sad and bad if any want to raise fund that way who not govt of punjab leglalize prostituation and develop sex tourisim like in thailand etc because that place belong to govt of punjab where such function is arranged we may earn lot of forigen exchange easy way to earn money
    govt of punjab good governance zinabad keep it up
    sad and vey bad
    think again
    Allah hafiz ho is nation kaRecommend

  • usman zamurrad
    Jan 21, 2011 - 11:12PM

    when we hear about gcu…we come to know that it is a institution of iqbal,faiz,bano qudsia,patras.but recent bone fire had debased the moral of gcu.i being a ravian condemn this…..Recommend

  • ravian
    Jan 22, 2011 - 12:20AM

    shame on u for depicting gcu in a negative way!
    nufin like that happened!
    sub ghalat likha hua hy!

    proud to b ravian n proud to b wot hapnd!
    gcu luv u!Recommend

  • faizan Gilani
    Jan 22, 2011 - 2:49PM

    ‘Didar danced for TWO hours’?? media always wants gossips to entertain their readers. yes didar danced but only for hardly 5 min. and it was not that vulgar.. Rest of the show was pretty decent and i enjoyed it a lot. Proud to be a Ravian.. Recommend

  • raviavn B.Sc
    Jan 22, 2011 - 5:34PM

    media knws only one thing that how to exagerate…she had danced 4 only 5 min…and when she came ATV was hosting the show aur unhun ne kaha tha k aub HUM(ATV) apke lye sare artists lae hain..SHE WAS 4M ATV.That was a bad act but those who are pointing fingures on us try to do something 4 there betterment first…itna gussa hai na is show ko on air ane se rokein… STILL PROUD TO BE A RAVIAN *Recommend

  • Jan 22, 2011 - 6:08PM

    Wow… I was wondering why this news got into popular posts… now I know why. Moral police… O’ the moral police.Recommend

  • Dawood Minhas
    Jan 22, 2011 - 7:10PM

    these activities not suitable is shamful for GCU.Recommend

  • Jan 22, 2011 - 9:05PM

    fund raising is good cause but point of getting worried is that ,those would not have donated or have not bought ticket if there had the quiz,debating,competition etc,this is the keen and craziness of our people,what they want to see GCU showed them.
    So faulty is not GCU,rather us…Recommend

  • Jan 22, 2011 - 9:18PM

    I started to hate these so called tags being assigned rather then thinking in logical terms. Let me invite you to look at some aspects which might not be known by these so called Ravians.
    Education institute are desinged for some reasons and it should keep that way. GCU has old tradation of havinf drama and debate societies along with litrary societies. Unfartunately, reviving those golden tradations we are glorifying the tradations which never blonged to education institutes (esp considering the cultur and heritage we possess).
    Someone said the Deedar has performed over so many theathers and events so why object on GCU, remember dear , these places are desinged for that sole purpose and thats why people are actually objecting for it? tomorrow you said if one can see the dances in home then why not that rule is applied to mosqes (Nauz Billah).
    The demise our education institutes are going through is remarkable and such events wont help in this regard.
    Now let me clear about charity, we can soon organize an event on the name of charity which will have wines distributed to each participant and let me tell u you will probably able to collect millions in this regard but if you want to help , there is proper methods and who want to donate , they dont need deedar’s dance for donations.
    And now one more important point, people said it was mere few minutes so why moan about it. The reason i am writing such a long comment is because it hs symbolic value as GCU has history and tradation with it which is respected well over the world and many institutions look towards GCU to follow in pakistan. If GCU is setting such examples then i can expect very “bright” future for other institues.
    and now the last point if its ATV who brought the female artist to the show then i think its big failure on part of administration of GCU who cant manage the event and its guest and even after the function no question has been asked by the organizers to ATV that why they have done such an act.
    I hope someone now write the comments by keep their mind away from hot air.Recommend

  • MuslimBoy
    Jan 22, 2011 - 10:25PM

    Thats Pathetic Journalism at best.Recommend

  • karachiite
    Jan 22, 2011 - 10:44PM

    what’s next, Saima dancing for Islamia University??? Recommend

  • Sara
    Jan 22, 2011 - 10:46PM

    So what if Deedar came and danced.

    Very reknown BUREAUCRATES watch live dances of these stage dancers, a bulk of people go and watch in theaters, all those are not illiterates. U people can buy their CDs, go and watch their dances in theaters, bla bla bla. but objection in bone fire, Plz dont b hypocrites.

    If some one had objection, he might quit, who asked them to remain sit?Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jan 23, 2011 - 12:55AM

    Apart from a dance function reported negatively by Express Tribune, such events have been a part of campus life. And Danish Khan who mentioned here about Hazrat Alama Iqbal being student of GC Lahore, Allama Sahib was a big patron of dance and regular visitor of many famous female artists of his time.Recommend

  • maXimilien
    Jan 23, 2011 - 10:52AM

    Oh boy, Deedar, the eminent ‘ballerina” in headlines for gamboling on Sheela Ki Jawani and Munni Badnam Hui Darling Tere Liye…

    Please! Have pity on journalism. Angling some news-story by design, in order to defend the so-called “liberal values and egalitarian traditions” of the newspaper is gross injustice with journalism.Recommend

  • Eeman
    Jan 23, 2011 - 1:00PM

    Nice. Hoping to see such functions in all universities. But what I don’t understand is the idea behind keeping chairs. Concerts like these should be attended while standing thereby infusing the excitement and energy in to the performer. Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jan 23, 2011 - 2:15PM

    The elitist education system is creating polarization in the society. It teaches the students to not to pay any respect to middle class style of living and to mock them for not being able to be fluent English speakers and for their views on life. Recommend

  • GCU
    Jan 24, 2011 - 3:06PM

    Government College, is a mother of hundred of thousands of students who were very proud (until this event) to be GCers……I can’t write ………… whoever is behind this shameful act, should be very severely punishedRecommend

  • Depressed Ravian
    Jan 24, 2011 - 3:54PM

    GC’s honor, respect, repute all gone in one shameful act,

    Ravians are in deep sorrow and distress :(Recommend

  • hamza
    Jan 27, 2011 - 12:35AM

    This act of gcu’s administration shows that they have become morally shallow even they can soon start ………………… to support the vulgarity & then dictionary of moderation defines both words have the same meaning institution or prostitution. Recommend

  • jahanzaib gul
    Feb 1, 2011 - 2:10PM

    Oh GOD!We Are Still Living In The Age Of Darkness?It Was Just An Entertaining Gathering.Recommend

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