Decline of music in the land of pure

I often think, what’s going to happen to the music industry in Pakistan? The same thing that happened to the film industry? will our music die that badly? People often say we have great singers, voices, talent and everything, but still why is our talent being wasted or exported to India? Why don’t we hear those mesmerizing voices any more that we used to hear in 1990s and afterwards? where have they all gone? you know what many of them are still there but its us who have moved on and stopped valuing those voices and musicians that we used to love.

We are the ones who reject our singers and mostly listen to indian music. When our singers sing here, we never pay attention to them but when the same singers go to india we start listening to them. Adnan Sami, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shiraz Uppal, Adeel Chaudhry and many others were not recognized in Pakistan as much until they went to India. I specifically want to go into details about Rahat Fateh Ali Khan that when he was making music in Pakistan for a long time nobody even knew him, his song “laagi tum se man ki lagan” was i believe a Pakistani song and it was not recognized in Pakistan until its appearance in an Indian movie. Same goes for Shiraz Uppal, he was also not known as much until he sung “Roya Re” for an indian movie, although i think he made better songs in Pakistan than Roya Re which people probably don’t even know. Now who to blame for all this? All these are singers and their job is to make music for us and they are doing their job, but what are we doing for them? They can’t even have concerts in Pakistan mainly due to terrorism and extremism, when they make videos we hardly notice them. Coke studio is the only show that is completely Pakistani and is thankfully recognized in Pakistan, but the question is that can this one show save our music industry? Recently a rock band Aunty Disco Project aka ADP has broken up and one of their members has also stated the same problem that there is no support for musicians or a rock band in Pakistan and so the future of music in Pakistan is really at stake. Alone coke studio can’t save it in here.

Sajjad Ali, the famous pop singer has also moved to Dubai because of the same reasons. He says that he has made 70+ songs that are ready to be released  but he is not going to release them because he thinks that there is no point of investing in something that is not going to give you anything back. Singers will go to India and other places if they are not given work or getting recognition in Pakistan and they are not the ones to be blamed. if they are not getting work in Pakistan they will find other places where they will be given work. Now personally as being a fan of Sajjad Ali i want to ask the masses (and especially those who criticize our singers that go to india), that was Sajjad Ali given enough recognition in Pakistan as much as he deserved? Absolutely not. Many people in Pakistan don’t know about his classic songs.

Another point i want to add is about our radio stations, they play indian songs, whether old or new, whether from 90s or 80s or older but they never credit Pakistani songs from the same old era. Rjs who play old songs hardly ever play Mehdi hasan, Amanat ali, Ghulam Ali, Mujeeb Alam, Ahmed Rushdi or any other Pakistani old classic singers. All they play is Lata, Asha, rafi, kishor etc. When will they get over with their Indian music obsession? People say that Pakistan music industry is down and very few good songs are being made but what about the old classic ones? Do you ever play them or bother to listen to them? No.

Its time that we should credit our music and not let it die like our film industry, we should bring our singers back and make them play music in Pakistan for Pakistan. Audience should demand for that otherwise they should not complain from their singers going to India in search of work. We should bring Sajjad Ali, Haroon, Fakhir, Hadiqa, Strings and others back to the music scene, by demanding it through TV channels and radio stations.

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