“Hidden Talent”, 1018, Qawali

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“Hidden Talent” is a serial, which discovers the talents in the less privileged and backward areas. There are numbers of singers, poets and musicians who have been ignored in mainstream of arts. The serial focuses on the talent and highlights their skills. These ignored singers and poets have voices that touch your hearts. We believe that God has put the diverse gifts of talent and ability inside everyone of us. Aziz Sanghur is a documentary filmmaker, who decided to record those singers, poets and musicians who do not have a platform to show their talents and abilities.
Ostaad Mubarak Ali Musical Academy has been operating before the partition of sub-continent that established by Ostaad Mubarak Ali Khan himself. The academy is located near Kakri Ground, Lyari. Ostaad Mubarak Ali Khan was grandfather of Ostaad Zafar Ali Khan, when his grandfather was passed away, who took charge of the academy. Nowadays, Mehmood Ali Khan, known as Khan Sahab and Ostaad Rafiq Baloch are running the Ostaad Mubarak Ali Musical Academy. Ostaad Rafiq Baloch has been singing for the past 35 years. He is a good signer, poet and music director. He is also the head of Ghulam Dastgeer Music Academy, Lyari. He is student of Ostaad Saleh Muhammad and Ustad Shafi Baloch, both were legendary Balochi singers. He lives in Gul Muhammadi Lane Lyari. He has been teaching singing and music for the past many years. He has numbers of students including male and female in Lyari and surrounding areas of Lyari. Ghazala Ghazal, Meena Malik, Sohail Baloch, Shahid Khan, Khalid Baloch, Zahid Kumari, Faisal Khan, Aman Ullah Khan Niazi, Imran Sanghur, Parveez Khan etc are regular members and singers of the academy. Faisal Waseem is a singer, who lives in DHA, Karachi. He is a good classical singer. A large number of students come at academy and get singing and musical classes. Lyari is the oldest human settlement of Karachi city. The first inhabitants of Lyari were Baloch and Sindhi fishermen and nomads. Lyari was ignored for infrastructure development during the British colonial period, a policy that would continue well into Pakistan’s “post-colonial” period. There are few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. Lyari is a stronghold of the lift-oriented political organizations. There are several ethnic groups in Lyari including Baloch, Sindhi, Memons, Pakhtuns, Seraikis, Urdu Speaking and Punjabi. The population of Lyari is estimated to be nearly one million. Lyari once known for producing famous sportsmen, singers, poets and musicians, has still a large number of sports clubs and music clubs, music and sports lovers see bleak future owing to government’s indifferent attitude towards this area.
Urdu Poetry: It is a rich tradition of poetry and has many different forms. Many of the poetic forms and structures are of Arabic origin. Today, it is an important part of the cultures of south Asia. Meer, Dard, Ghalib, Anees, Dabeer, Iqbal, Josh, Jigar, Faiz, Faraz and Faizi are among the greatest poets of Urdu. The language of Urdu got its pinnacle under the British Raj, and it received officials status. Its fundamentally a performative poetry and its recital, sometimes impromptu, is held in Mushairas. Although its singing aspect has undergone major changes in recent decades, its popularity among the masses remains unaltered. Mushairas are today held in metropolitan areas worldwide because of cultural influence of South Asia diaspora. Ghazal singing and Qawali are also important expository forms of Urdu poetry. Bollywood movies have a major part in popularizing Urdu poetry with younger generations.

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