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1st Death anniversary comedian king Umer Shareef
Urdu Drama ''DOLI ME DULHA'' Umer Shareef, Rauf Alam, Hassan, Kunwer Khrusheed at Adamjee Auditorium Karachi 1988.
The greatest voice in the history.

He has been recognized as the greatest voice in musical history across the world. Introducing Qawwali, a form of deep religious expression entwining love and peace to the west has been on his credit. An unusual form of music unknown to the west, they were captured and delved deeply into this form where they expressed that it was a transcendence from the earthly music that has been usually part of the music scene.

Twenty-five years since his death, the legendary qawwali singer remains a major influence in the Indian subcontinent and beyond.

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Vital signs first ever concert at Nishtar Hall Peshawar, January 1989...
L to R : Salman, Junaid Jamshed and Shahi Hasan..

Four literary friends.
(L-R) Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Patras Bokhari, Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, and Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum (standing)/
Courtesy: Saadiya Raashid.


All the legends in one frame.
Anwar Maqsood, Mustafa Qureshi, Moin Akhtar, Syed Kamal, Nadeem, S Suleiman, Qazi Wajid, Javed Fazil and Lehri on wheelchair.

Today is the death anniversary of Pakistan's most popular folk singer Reshman. She was known among her fans as Bulbul Desert.


Reshman was born in the villages of Lohathehsil Ratangarh district Chiro in the Indian state of Rajasthan around May 1947. She belonged to a gypsy family who converted to Islam after being inspired by Islamic teachings. After the division of the subcontinent, this family moved to Pakistan. Done.

Introducing Reshman, who wandered around every city, to the public, goes to the same person who introduced a genius singer like Mehdi Hassan, the well-known broadcaster Saleem Gilani, who was a music program producer in Radio Pakistan and after I reached the post of Director General. Saleem Gilani had accidentally heard the voice of that gypsy girl playing the pit in a street in Karachi.

The girl had auditioned and left, but when her recording reached the original level of music, the chants of wah wah echoed from all sides. Now the search for that lost diamond begins. Every gypsy camp has her dhandiya band, but this rare gem Didn't know where.

After one and a half year, Saleem Gilani saw that girl playing the garvi again at Sehwan Sharif's fair, but this time they did not let this rare particle go and immediately invited her to Radio Pakistan Karachi Start broadcasting songs in voice.

Now live programs of Reshman are being broadcasted and recorded songs are also being heard in every street.

Gradually, Reshmaan became Pakistan's most popular folk singer. Her voice had the vastness of the desert, the pain of the forest, the flow of the river and the echo of ancient temples.

When Pakistan Television was founded in 1960s, Reshman also started singing for TV. He also sang several songs for Pakistani films. His voice was heard across the border.

Renowned Indian director Subhash Ghai decided to include his voice in one of his films. Yoon Reshman sang ‘Long Separation’ for his film ‘Hero’ which is still a huge hit on both sides of the border.

Some of Reshman's other popular songs include 'Sun Charkhe Di Mithi Mithi Kook Mahia Mainu Yaad Aunda', 'Way Me Chori Chori', 'Dama Dum Mast Qalandar', 'Ankhian Nun Rain De Ankhian De Kol' and 'Hi Raba Nion Lagda Dil Mera'.
Fans of Reshman's voice were present all over the world. Reshman visited every country where people of the subcontinent were inhabited. In addition to Urdu, Sindhi, Seraiki, Punjabi, Pashto and Rajasthani languages, he also recited Sufi, Turkish and Arabic several times. Pakistan I was awarded with several awards, among which were the Presidential Award for Best Performance, Sitara Amitaz and 'Legends of Pakistan' honors.
Reshman, who talked about a long separation on November 3, 2013, separated from her fans forever.
Writing and Research: Aqeel Abbas Jafari
Death anniversary of PTV veteran Director Nusrat Thakur


His name remained synonymous with quality TV plays throughout his career with PTV Lahore centre. The veteran director, undoubtedly the torch bearer of the golden age of television dramas/ plays, succumbed to cardiac arrest in Lahore on November 6, ending an innings that was marvelous, glorious and rebellious.

Son of well-known radio and TV artiste M.J. Thakur, Nusrat was born in Lahore in 1937 and after completing his education followed in his father's footsteps by joining Radio Pakistan. He may not have managed to achieve the iconic status of his father on the airwaves, but used his experience to polish his skills as a TV director.

It wasn't smooth sailing for Nusrat when he entered the domain of television. He served in different capacities at the PTV Lahore centre, including as duty officer, before turning to direction.

The biggest push Nusrat got in his career as an assistant director was to assist the legendary Yawar Hayat in the '70s, where he got to learn that realism sells better than fiction. It was this training that saw him fill in the boots of director when Ghazanfar Ali left Waris in 1979.
Not many know that Nusrat was not the first choice director for the Amjad Islam Amjad play. But the collaboration between the writer-director worked wonders for Waris, making it not only one of the most popular PTV productions ever, but also providing television future stalwarts like Abid Ali, Firdaus Jamal, Shujaat Hashmi and Mehboob Alam.

The dynamic duo continued to collaborate and subsequent plays penned by Amjad Islam Amjad and directed by Nusrat Thakur, including Dehleez, Samandar and Raat, were proof of their combined genius.

Nusrat Thakur never worked with an average script. He scrutinised every aspect before giving the project the go ahead. He was against the glamourisation of women or extravagant sets, and weaved a certain degree of realism into all his plays.

He was up to the task when he was asked by PTV authorities to replace the long-running and successful Andhera Ujala in the '80s with another police drama of 13 episodes. The result was Waqt, which was also a successful serial based on the exploits of an honest cop, played marvelously by Firdaus Jamal.

Asghar Nadeem Syed's Piyas came in the late '80s, with Nusrat Thakur as the director and Abid Ali leading the star cast that also featured Sohail Asghar, Azmul Haq, Afzaal Ahmed, Tahira Wasti, Arifa Siddiqi, Nighat Butt and debutant Ajab Gul.

Although the play was more focused on the tussle of Shahji (Afzaal Ahmed) and Khan Sahab (Abid Ali), it was Sohail Asghar's character of Swara Khan that stole the show. His dialogues, especially “Sadqay theevan” and “Main aadmi hoon zara vakhre type ka” made it to the lips of everyone in those days, and it was Nusrat Thakur's dedication that made the serial outlast its predecessors and contemporaries.

Undoubtedly the most impressive of his product is the character of Chaudhry Hashmat, played with brutal finesse by the late Mehboob Alam in Waris. The character of a landlord who doesn't have failure in his dictionary, but is defeated on many grounds by the end of the serial, not only proved Nusrat's credentials as a director but also his stand against feudalism and support for the oppressed.

Duniya was his last production for PTV in the '90s, whereas he directed Ghulam Gardish after retiring as the General Manager of PTV, Lahore centre. GG may have featured a new generation of actors, including Iffat Raheem, Aaminah Haq and Adnan Siddiqui alongside Abid Ali, Rasheed Naz and Ajab Gul, but it was Nusrat Thakur's brilliant command over direction that saw it as a success.

Most of his productions have featured his favourite actors such as Abid Ali, Firdaus Jamal, Mehboob Alam, and have been penned by playwrights Asghar Nadeem Syed and Amjad Islam Amjad.

The ascent of private productions and decline in PTV production standards saw Nusrat quit after serving 40 years with the state-owned television channel. He served as the GM of PTV Lahore centre during the last 10 years of his career. He leaves behind a wife, son and a daughter. Nusrat Thakur's legacy lives on through his evergreen plays
Happy Birthday Rubina Ashraf
Veteran actress is known widely for her tremendous acting skills in dramas.

Some renowned Naat Khawans of Pakistan Siddiq Ismail, Khursheed Ahmad and Qari Waheed Zafar Qasmi..

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