NAPA – Towards New Horizons
The National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA), established in 2004 to promote and enrich the teaching and practice of the performing arts, is the only institution of its kind in Pakistan. The legendary Zia Mohyeddin was NAPA’s first CEO. It was fortunate that he accepted the position because he took the institution to new heights. He was reappointed as the CEO every three years and when the NAPA Board elections were held in October this year, he was again reappointed.
The first Chairman of the NAPA Board was Dr. Ishrat Hussain, the former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan. He served two terms consecutively, each term being of three years. In his time, NAPA came to be recognized as a truly national institution devoted to the promotion of the performing arts.
The former Chairman of PIA and PSO, Tariq Kirmani also served two consecutive tems of three years each at NAPA as Chairman and succeeded in making it a place of artistic discernment. When he completed his second term, in his farewell speech he expressed his gratitude for having served the Board for two terms and contributing in some way to the cultural enrichment of society.
Now Syed Jawaid lqbal has been elected as NAPA’s new Chairman for the next three years.
He considers his election as an honour and says NAPA is a unique and exciting place for the teaching of performing arts. He also hopes that the faculty members will continue to transfer their talent to the students as they are the future of the country.
The NAPA Board of Directors consists of distinguished individuals from diverse disciplines who serve on an honorary basis. The newly elected board members comprise Tariq Kirmani, Javed Jabbar, Anwar Rammal, Salima Hashmi, Satish Anand, Shahrukh Hasan, Roshan Khursheed Bharucha, Mahtab Rashdi, Fawzia Naqvi and Syed Jawaid Iqbal.
NAPA conducts professional courses to conserve and teach the performing arts and is committed to training students to achieve their full potential as performers. It also gives opportunities to young people in developing freedom of expression, self-discipline and a life-long love of learning the performing arts.