Legendary theatre actor dies at the age of 93
Uzra Butt has passed away. A legendary theatre actor and dancer in her young age, she joined the Lahore-based Ajoka Theatre in 1984 and was since acting on stage in Ajoka plays. When she performed in "Aik thi Nani" (There was a Grandmother), side by side with her sister...another legendary actor, Zohra Sehgal, it became a memorable play as both sisters live across the border from each other: Uzra in Pakistan and older sister Zohra in India. Uzra Butt will be missed by all theatre-lovers in Pakistan.
In a way Uzra Butt and her sister Zohra Sehgal broke new ground. It was very difficult for local women ( nearly impossible for Muslim women) to break the barrier of respectability and take up acting and dancing as a career but Zohra Sehgal did so by joining Uday Shankar's group and was soon followed by her sister Uzra Butt , then Uzra Mumtaz. She did not find much to occupy her at the Queen Mary College and preferred to join the troupe while it was in London. For three years she travelled with them in Europe and the United States, took lessons in the morning and performed in the evening before the tour was cut short by the outbreak of the Second World War.