Madeeha Gauhar, the founder of Ajoka Theatre, playwright, actor and director of social theatre, passed away in Lahore on today [Wednesday]. She fought a prolonged battle with cancer.

Sohail A. Warraich, Secretary Ajoka theatre, said in a statement, “Renowned theatre personality founder and Artistic Director of Ajoka theatre, Madeeha Guahar passed away earlier this morning. Her funeral will be held on Thursday 26 April at 5:00 pm, at her residence 24 Sarwar road, Lahore Cantt.”

Madeeha Gauhar held a Masters degree in theatre direction from University of Lahore. She had a keen interest in theatre art from her early age and she remained president of Dramatic clubs of both Kinnaird College and Government College University, Lahore.

Gauhar founded the Ajoka theatre in 1984 and directed almost three-dozen of plays which were performed at both national and international level. In 2003, Government of Pakistan conferred her with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.

Moreover, she also received international awards for her services which significantly include Prince Clause Award from Netherlands in 2006. Later on, in 2014, Government of Pakistan awarded her with Fatima Jinnah Award.

Gauhar advocated peace between Pakistan and India.

She was married to seasoned writer and director Shahid Nadeem. Gauhar was the elder sister of celebrated actress Faryal Gauhar.