Born in 1956 in Karachi, she received her education in English literature and went to UK to receive a degree in Theatre Science.
After her return from UK, she founded Ajoka Theatre in 1984.
The versatile actor and director was well known for her theatrical contributions through Ajoka Theatre. Through her dedication to theatre, Gauhar became the recipient of Pride of Performance and other national and international awards, including the Prince Claus Award.
She was famous not only in Pakistan, but also gained fame in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Europe.