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Dancer Farah Yasmeen Shaikh Brings The Story Of India’s ‘Forgotten Empress’ To The Stage

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Farah Yasmeen Shaikh stars in "The Forgotten Empress"

In 1611, Nur Jahan was 34, widowed, and a single mother when she married the Mughal emperor. She rose to power in India, but years later story faded from people’s memories. Farah Yasmeen Shaikh is telling her legacy in the show "The Forgotten Empress."

See "The Forgotten Empress" this weekend at the Hammer Theater on the campus of San Jose State University, at 7:30 p.m. The show will also run at Z Space in San Francisco on March 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.