Suhaee Abro was born to be a professional dancer. Learning from the master herself Sheema Kirmani, at the tender young age of seven, she now excels in Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi. Abro was quoted telling Newsline, “My father (Khuda Bux Abro) is a painter and my mother (Attiya Dawood) is a poet and a writer, so I grew up with a deep appreciation of all the arts”.
A devotee and practitioner of performance art, Abro aims to promote and spread awareness of the classical dance form using music, theater and poetry. She is the founding member and dance director of the Nritaal dance group in Karachi.
Nritaal is made up of two words: ‘Nri’ as in dance or theater and ‘taal’ as in rhythm. Fellow co-founders include her father, and musician Ahsan Bari. The dance troupe highlights social and cultural issues in Pakistan through their performances. They aspire to educate audiences on just how closely interconnected each art form is, and the synergy that transpires between them.
But Abro’s skills aren’t just limited to performance art. She made her television debut when she was 12-years-old. Abro was quoted saying, “I’ve always loved acting, and I think dance and acting are quite similar so it came quite naturally to me”. She portrayed a Rajasthani girl forced into prostitution for a Hum TV production titled ‘Sanjha’. Her aim is to portray powerful characters that teach viewers about social issues that would otherwise go unnoticed.
While speaking to the Express Tribune about what makes her unique, Abro said, “My ability to feel emotions deeply and to make myself go through and express experiences that I probably haven’t experienced in real”.
She cites Ditti Miranda from Germany as her favorite dancer and one of her role models. Appreciation for the dance medium in Pakistan has grown in recent years, as audiences are slowly becoming more accepting of the art form. She advises aspiring dancers that to be successful, “they must practice with dedication and respect their soul and body”.