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Mala Begum’s 29th death anniversary observed

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ISLAMABAD: 29th death anniversary of renowned artist and playback singer of Pakistan film industry, Mala Begum was observed across the country on Wednesday.

In the 60s and the 70s, the film industry in Pakistan had a rich pool of female singers, Mala Begum was of the top female voices in the country and along with, Madam Noor Jehan and Runa Laila and she ruled the hearts till the mid 70s.

Her real name was Naseem Nazli and she sang many super-hit songs in almost two decades of her singing career in the 1960s and 1970s.

She had been interested in singing and music from a young age and her greatest accomplishment was “Akele Na Jana”.

She sang many super hit songs in almost two decades singing career. She won the Nigar Award for best singer for the film ‘Ishq pe zor Nhi’. In 1965, she won the Nigar Award again, this time for the film Naila.

She died on March 6, 1990.

Here are some of her other super hit film songs: Dil deta hai ro ro duhai (Ishq par zor nahin 1963);Agar tum pyar se dekho to apni jan; Tujh peh qurban, dilbar jan (Sarhad 1966);Shama ka Shola bharak raha hai (Aadil 1966); Dil mein basaya pyar se ham ne (Jaag utha Insaan 1966); Kise awaz dun, tere siwa… (Sharik-e-Hayyat 1968);Tere gham se mohabbat ho geye hai (Shab bakhair 1968); Too ne bar bar kiya mujhe beqarar (Saza 1970);Chaley thandi hawa chham chham (Najma 1970).

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Russian Pianists Mesmerize Karachiites (VIDEO AND TEXT)

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KARACHI: Music aficionados from all over the Metropolis converged at the patio of Alliance Française de Karachi (AFK) – French Cultural Centre – here on Monday (29th April). The occasion was a piano concert by Russian twin sisters Anastasia & Polina Churbanova. 

KARACHI: Humane Urduphone Consul General of the Russian Federation Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin announced that the first piece of the evening had been dedicated to Ahmed Mir (late official of the Qatar Airways) who had sponsored the duo’s transportation – Mir died in an accident in the USA.

KARACHI: Conspicuous among others there were  Consul Generals of Russia & France, Commissioner Karachi, Bina Shah (President AFK), Behram & Goshpi Avari (who had sponsored the twin’s stay here), and family members of the late official of Qatar Airways Ahmed Mir.The soirée commenced with two sisters playing German Composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s Minuet & Badinerie  (from Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor). The next piece was French composer & pianist Francis Poulenc’s Sonate Zu vier Händen. Alexander Scriabin’s composition (Sonata No.3 in F-sharp minor op.23) Andante was performed by Polina whereas, her sister’s solo was Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 27 in E Minor op.90. The last scheduled composition played by the twin sisters was Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Barcarolle, Scherzo, Russian Theme, Romance, Waltz and Slava (6 pieces, op.11 for piano four hands). After three curtain calls the twins excused as they were too exhausted to perform.  KARACHI: Talking exclusively to this scribe Anastasia & Polina Churbanova told that they were from St. Petersburg and were playing Piano since they were six. After taking lessons for a year they took part in a globally acclaimed contest named after Lubov Brook. Later in 2003, they won first prize in the famous international competition named after celebrated Russian pianist/composer A. Rubinstein. The twins told this was their second visit to the Port City, a Metropolis where they would love to perform again in future. They give piano concerts in Russia regularly and – besides  Pakistan – had performed in five foreign countries (including Austria, Germany, Holland, & Ukraine). 

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PS: It is pertinent to mention here that this performance was part of an international concert series termed as Classical Music Without Borders.

 

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Twin sisters/pianists from St. Petersburg mesmerize Karachiites

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Twin sisters/pianists from St. Petersburg mesmerize Karachiites

KARACHI: Music aficionados from all over the Metropolis converged at the patio of Alliance Française de Karachi (AFK) – French Cultural Centre – here on Monday (29th April). The occasion was a piano concert by Russian twin sisters Anastasia & Polina Churbanova. 

KARACHI: Humane Urduphone Consul General of the Russian Federation Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin announced that the first piece of the evening had been dedicated to Ahmed Mir (late official of the Qatar Airways) who had sponsored the duo’s transportation – Mir died in an accident in the USA. KARACHI: Conspicuous among others there were  Consul Generals of Russia & France, Commissioner Karachi, Bina Shah (President AFK), Behram & Goshpi Avari (who had sponsored the twin’s stay here), and family members of the late official of Qatar Airways Ahmed Mir.

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The soirée commenced with two sisters playing German Composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s Minuet & Badinerie  (from Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor). The next piece was French composer & pianist Francis Poulenc’s Sonate Zu vier Händen. Alexander Scriabin’s composition (Sonata No.3 in F-sharp minor op.23) Andante was performed by Polina whereas, her sister’s solo was Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 27 in E Minor op.90. The last scheduled composition played by the twin sisters was Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Barcarolle, Scherzo, Russian Theme, Romance, Waltz and Slava (6 pieces, op.11 for piano four hands). After three curtain calls the twins excused as they were too exhausted to perform. _______________________________________________________________________

KARACHI: Talking exclusively to this scribe Anastasia & Polina Churbanova told that they were from St. Petersburg and were playing Piano since they were six. After taking lessons for a year they took part in a globally acclaimed contest named after Lubov Brook. Later in 2003, they won first prize in the famous international competition named after celebrated Russian pianist/composer A. Rubinstein. The twins told this was their second visit to the Port City, a Metropolis where they would love to perform again in future. They give piano concerts in Russia regularly and – besides  Pakistan – had performed in five foreign countries (including Austria, Germany, Holland, & Ukraine). 

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PS: It is pertinent to mention here that this performance was part of an international concert series termed as Classical Music Without Borders.

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Versatile Playback Singer Ahmad Rushdi remembered

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ISLAMABAD: Versatile Pakistani playback singer Ahmed Rushdi was remembered on the occasion of his 85th birth anniversary on Wednesday (Today).

Rushdi was born on April 24, 1934 in Hyderabad Deccan in a religious family. After partition he migrated to Pakistan and became a leading singer in the Pakistan film industry.

Rushdi is best known for his distinctive, melodious, powerful voice, complex and dark emotional expressions which led many critics to declare his voice as most distinctive they had ever heard.

He is also considered to be the first regular pop singer of South Asia and credited as having sung the “first-ever South Asian” pop song, “KO-KO-Korina in the film Armaan.

In 1954, he recorded the official National anthem of Pakistan with several other singers. Rushdi recorded the highest number of film songs in the history of Pakistani cinema in Urdu, English, Punjabi, Bengali, Sindhi and Gujarati languages and found unprecedented success as a playback artist from the mid-1950s to early 1980s.

In 1954, Ahmad Rushdi began participating in music and children’s programs of Radio Pakistan.

He recorded his first non-film song, “Bunder Road se Keemari”, for the popular Radio Pakistan show Bachchon Ki Duniya.

The song was hit and became the steppingstone for Rushdi’s future.

In recognition of services for the music industry, he was posthmously awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2003 besides Nigar, Graduate, Musawwir and other awards.

He was also famous for his stage performance which had a mesmerizing effect on the audience.

He suffered from poor health during the latter part of his life and died with a heart attack at the age of 48 on April 11, 1983.

 

 

 

 

 

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