Bollywood Choreographer and Dancer Shiamak Davar Earns Honorary Doctorate
The influential choreographer, famous for combining contemporary Indian dance and Western styles, collected his award at a ceremony in London on July 22, 2011.
Shiamak addressed an audience of hundreds of arts students as they celebrated the completion of their degrees in dance, drama, and music.
“I am truly honoured to receive this award from Middlesex University. My parents, both pioneers in the field of education, imbued the importance of education in me. I am blessed to continue their legacy as a dance teacher. I started my journey in the field of performing arts in the UK and receiving this honour completes this circle.”
Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “It’s so inspiring for our students to meet and graduate alongside Shiamak as his work has become a truly international success. His story is an example of what can be achieved with talent and determination.”
Other well-known figures receiving honorary doctorates this year included international cricketer Phil Tufnell and human rights advocate Shami Chakrabarti.
Shiamak owns and operates dance academies that teach his distinctly fusion style around the world. He was the Director of Choreography for the Commonwealth Games Melbourne as well as the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He also recently choreographed for the movie Mission Impossible 4, which starred Tom Cruise among an extensive list of notable actors.
Shiamak won the 1998 National Film Award for Best Choreography for his work in the film Dil to Pagal Hai as well as the Lycra MTV’s Style Awards in 2007 for Most Stylish Song in a Film for Dhoom Again from the Indian film Dhoom.
Shiamak’s love-affair with dance is ongoing, and he continues to be recognized as one of world’s leading choreographers for film and stage. He’s a regular visitor to North Vancouver and often works with RJ1200-Vancouver’s Bollywood Station to promote cultural events in and around Vancouver.
“With my mission to educate, entertain, and empower people, this acknowledgement reinforces my belief,” says Shiamak. “Have feet, will dance. Have spirit, will triumph.”