Shiamak Davar has been presented with an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University, in recognition of his contribution to entertainment in India and throughout the world.
The influential choreographer, famous for pioneering contemporary dance which brings together Indian and Western styles, collected his award at a ceremony in London on Friday 22 July.
At the ceremony, Shiamak spoke to an audience of hundreds of Middlesex University dance, drama and music students as they graduated from their degree courses.
Before the ceremony, Shiamak Davar said: “I am truly honoured to receive the award of Doctor of the University from Middlesex University. My parents, both pioneers in the field of education, imbibed the importance of education in me. I am blessed to be able to continue their legacy as a dance educationist. I started my journey in the field of performing arts in the UK and receiving this honour completes this circle. With my mission to educate, entertain and empower people, this acknowledgement reinforces my belief…..Have feet, will dance. Have spirit, will triumph.”
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.”
Shiamak’s award was made as part of the University’s annual graduation celebrations, with honorary degrees presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or the community. Other well known figures receiving Middlesex honorary doctorates this year include former international cricketer Phil Tufnell and human rights advocate Shami Chakrabarti.
Middlesex University has a long standing commitment to providing higher education in India and celebrating Indian talent. Current projects include a partnership with A. R. Rahman's KM Music Conservatory in Chennai and a specialist creative arts centre in southern Delhi.