National Academy of Performing Arts

The National Academy of Performing Arts (Urdu: قومی اکادمی براۓ فنونِ موسیقی و بازیگری , abbreviated as NAPA) is a performing arts school located at Hindu Gymkhana in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. NAPA was established in 2005 as an institution to conserve and teach performing arts and music.[1]

National Academy of Performing Arts
قومی اکادمی براۓ فنونِ موسیقی و بازیگری
TypePublic art school
Affiliations Semi Government


At NAPA, the students of music derive benefit from being taught by a faculty consisting of practicing musicians, musicologists and visiting maestros. They will also have the opportunity to enrich their repertoire of compositions and styles by tutelage under many teachers.[2]
Theatres Arts 
The Theatre Arts department will offer students academic courses in all aspects of the theatre as well as practical exploration and the opportunity to present their work before an audience.[2]
Make up 
NAPA has also introduced lessons in Make up.



Zia Mohyeddin is the Chairman of NAPA.[1] He was asked by Pervez Musharraf, then the President of Pakistan, to establish and lead a national institution for arts and music. Besides being the founder and chairman of NAPA, he has impeccable credentials. Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he has spent a lifetime dedicated to the theatre, films and television, appearing in many local and foreign productions. He has also performed in numerous Broadway and West End plays. He has also produced and directed extensively.

Notable teachers

Arshad Mehmood, Director Programmes and Administration.[1] Besides Mohyeddin and Mahmud, NAPA has some of the most well known theatre icons and teacher-performances in Asia, including:


  • Ahsan Shabbir, 1st Batch Singer and composer
  • Araslan Pareyal, 5th Batch guitarist and composer
  • Saqib Khan 1st batch theater arts
  • Fawad Khan 1st batch theater arts
  • Faisal Malik 1st batch theater arts
  • Ali Rizvi 1st batch theater arts
  • Akbar Islam 1st batch theater arts
  • Ather Abbas 1st batch theater arts
  • Paras Masroor 1st batch theater arts
  • Maria Rabab 1st batch theater arts
  • Rabab Hashim 1st batch theater arts
  • Kashif Farhad 1st batch theater arts
  • Mohsin Ali Shah 1st batch theater arts
  • Farhan Shah 1st batch theater arts
  • Aiman Tariq 1st batch theater arts
  • Uroosa Siddiqi 1st batch theater arts
  • Late Mohammad Saim 1st batch theater arts
  • Fiza Zehra 1st batch theater arts
  • late Riaz 1st batch theater arts
  • Zeeshan Ahmed Nalwala 1st batch theater arts

See also


  1. Haneen Rafi (6 February 2015). "NAPA celebrates 10th founding anniversary". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  2. 5 reasons to attend NAPA International Theatre and Music Festival 2017 Dawn (newspaper), Published 15 March 2017, Retrieved 7 February 2018
  3. NAPA inaugurates new Basement Playhouse The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 31 January 2017, Retrieved 7 February 2018
  4. NAPA music festival gets under way Dawn (newspaper), Updated 27 February 2015, Retrieved 7 February 2018

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