The voices that are no more


“Akelay na jana hamein chor kr tm, tmhare bina hum bala kya jiyaen gaen”, 2 minutes and 49 seconds employed in the warbling of this harmonious song duetted with Ahmed Rushdi hence demonstrated the overflow of screened, unknown and enigmatic emotions, and if these baffled yet solace keeping emotions tend to be equipped with the eternity of the universe, thereby comes the quest to seek the cryptic meaning of “life”. The daydreaming to performing alongside Ahmed Rushdi resulted in knowing the enrichment, or potentiality to evolve the concealed truths of the multiverse, of the music. It seems as for this occasion, Albert Einstein, the theoretical physicist, once said,” If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician, I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music”.

The puzzling world of the humans is not merely to venerate for the material commodities, to enrich it with the intact materialistic notions (in humans’ 1300 grams brains) and to culminate its lust for the subjects of materialism. Rather, they forsake such materialism lead actions and lay out their actions accordingly, set forth on the gist of comfort of the soul. Humans strive to defeat the commotion, the continuous ongoing battle with the emotions, feelings, thoughts and the interpretations of the thoughts, which resides in their bodies, ultimately discards the inner peace of them. Furthermore, they endeavor to accomplish the happiness and peace of their soul. And MUSIC is one of the instruments that can guarantee a body beaming with tranquility. Bob Marley narrates this situation in such words, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”.

It’s an enervative drill to eye at the background or history of something, but the good prospects of such drill can’t be denied that end in the expansion of the knowledge and the empowerment of wisdom through comparing or testing of different circumstances leading up to same events. Why not to peer into the origin of the music? Begin it. 

The earliest known musical instruments are 40 millenniums old. The element of WONDER starts its journey here that what could those instruments look like? Would they look like today’s acoustic or electronic guitars, sitar, banjo, tuba, tabla? We aren’t certain of as these are mysteries, unsolved and emptied of facts. “There are no facts, only interpretations”, the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, instructed us as were to describe the facts. Mesopotamian and Egyptian cultures, expected to exist from 4th millennium B.C, considered Music as an art. Greeks had their music inspired of Egyptian influence. The poetry of a Greek poet, Sappho, was sung in contests. Since the inception of the universe, every religion except Islam had been a donor to the promotion or performance of the music. The modern music dates back to 150 years.

Initiating the other part of the article, which is to penetrate into the music of Pakistan, and more exactly to order the voices, which captured the brains and tongues of the people in 1980s and 1990s and made them their perpetual fanatics. We are to eulogize here the songsters, who died before turning 50, there is only one exception under this canopy, a songster died living a life of 52 years. I’m not jotting down the names of three songsters, I am about to discuss, in fact you will guess the person yourself but for your easiness, I will make use of fictitious names. Another hint to know them is that they died catastrophically.

OBESE MAN: “Aisa Ban’na Sawarna Mubarak Tmhein”, this ballad is constructed onto the idea of diversion of female lover to her beautification not for her lover but for the admiration of her beauteous corporeal existence. This fat man was born on October, 13th, 1948 in Lyallpur. His uncles, Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan made him such an adept at his profession, that nobody couldn’t or wouldn’t dare to surpass the excellence of his. He sang the most in the supreme form of music, Qawwali and that was or is the unique specialty of him. His solo Alap is worth listening. He worked with the eminent musician, Peter Gabriel, who promoted him through World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) and the accomplished composer, Michael Brook, who helped him improve the musical rhythms, imitating westernized rhythms. His voice was soulful, melodious and a delight to listen repeatedly with no break. It’s very promising fact that our all qawwals or singers are likely to sing songs, expressing their patriotism for Pakistan. He sang such a nationalistic song, ‘Mera Inaam Pakistan”, which is played on frequently on 23rd March, 14th august, and 6th September every year in official or unofficial commemorations on the account of our ancestors’ sacrifices for the country. The songs like “Mere Rashke Qamar”, “Tere Bin Nai Lagda”, “Ye Jo Halka Halka”, “Akain Udeek Diyan”, “Kise Da Yaar Na Vichhre”, and “Afreen Afreen” can only be the songs of the person equating the caliber of this Obese Man. And this man left all eyes, weeping, when he died at the age of 48 years.

Memorable Nightingale: It is said that the male nightingales sing more complex songs than female nightingales. But, we are implying here that a female nightingale’s genius of voice isn’t such that can be left unnoticed. You can’t come to know that how much I adore this pop singer. Her voice was as charming or enchanting as her appearance was. There can be no matches to her skillfulness in studies and music, if compared with the competitive settlers of contemporary world. Without her voice, the music would likely to miss a voice, which characteristically used to be generative from the deep of her heart. Her unforgettable songs are all the songs sung by her. The sweetness of her voice made every song of hers, a story of success. And she died in 2000A.D due to cancer, 19 years ago, but I can still feel the pain of dying at a younger age of only 35years. Her songs, “The Disco Song”, “Ankhen Milaney Waaley”, “Dosti”, “Boom Boom”, “Dil Mera”, and “Sunn Mere” are matchless.

Remarkable Skylark: Before turning to be a righteous Muslim of conduct, he was one of the sources of bringing a heartfelt aura into the lives of the people with the arduous effort of his harmonious voice. I must quote Friedrich Nietzsche, who complies with the sentiments of all of us, “Without music, life would be a mistake”. His songs, “Aitbaar”, “Us Rah Par”, “Gorey Rang Ka Zamana”, “Na Tu Aaye Gi Na Chain Aye ga”, and “Dil Dil Pakistan”, if listened thousand times, the pleasantness of these lyrical ballads will not deteriorate. He died at 52 in a plane crash. An excerpt from Twelfth Night, a play written by the most applauded person in Literature, William Shakespeare, signifies the trueness of music: 

“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.”


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