A tribute to remember

Puzzled, she hurried into the room

Her husband stood in the middle of the room, gripping the remote firmly

He glared at the television set with contempt

 But Naghmana Bibi was not discouraged by his anger

She saw what others could not see

They saw his proud head, erect with anger but she could see his slouched shoulders

Others saw his glare, but she could see his wistful eyes

She smiled, knowingly

Startled to see her there, her husband quickly threw away the remote

Hurrying towards her, he clarified, “The song

I didn’t mean for you to hear it

It came on unexpectedly

I shut it off as soon as I

” She stopped him mid-sentence and put her hands on his shoulders

Her eyes sparkled with tears as she smiled and looked at him

“It is alright

It has been seven years, since we sent him off

It is time to let go of your anger

We have never regretted our decision

We are among the few souls who have been truly blessed

Our son paved the way for our salvation

Let us listen to this tribute and accept it, gratefully

Shall we?” she inquired, lovingly

He stared at his companion of 28 years, pondering the depth of a woman’s understanding

How is it that a simple homely woman is more insightful than a fully grown man? Whatever it was, her perception moved him

Wrapping his arm around her shoulders, he turned the song back on and they were transported down the bittersweet memory lane again by the beautiful melody

This melody is none other than the prequel to the Coke Studio, season nine

The legendary song sung by Madam Noor Jehan has been recreated by the makers of Coke Studio this time

The preview shows a variety of old and new singers lined up for a phenomenal new season

The video to this melody kicks off with Zeb Bangash followed by the talented Ahmed Jehanzeb

Following suit is an unexpected trio of Mehwish Hayat, Umair Jaswal and Shiraz Uppal

After their chorus, Sanam Marvi lights it up followed by Nirmal Roy and Kashif Ali’s voices

Fans of the studio must have rejoiced at the sight and sound of Saieen Zahoor

Shahzad Nawaz and Jaffer Zaidi join the rocking Ali Azmat in the next stanza

Rachel Viccaji and Rizwan Butt are also seen picking up rhythm after them

Ali Khan, Asim Azhar and Haroon Shahid are also a part of this illustrious tribute

The gorgeous Sara Haider returns this season with the extremely charming, Mohsin Abbas

One minute and 11 seconds into the song, the vocal powerhouse, Naseebo Lal joins in with Jabar Abbas and the melodious voice of Rafaqat Ali Khan

One of the most impactful lines is delivered by the pride of Pakistani music, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

 The dusky Meesha Shafi with Naeem Abbas Rufi carry the song further

Javed Bashir’s brilliant vocal clarity uplifts the song entirely

The second part starts with the excellent combination of QB and Noori

 Faakhir and Natasha Khan carried it quite gracefully, handing it to Momina Mustehsan and Junaid Khan

Abida Parveen fires it up with her unparalleled voice

The sight of Shaheed Amjad Sabri brings tears to countless eyes watching this video

Other singers are Damia Farooq, Basit Ali, Shuja Haider, Masooma Anwar and Shani Arshad

The video ends with Ali Sethi’s classical voice

This melodious tribute to those who laid down their precious lives for Pakistan is serenely beautiful

This type of music is what helps us encounter loss, joy, pain and love for our homeland

It is what rejuvenates the spirit of the soldiers and their loved ones at home

It recapitulates the memory of the brilliant sacrifices that were given by our able men and women for protecting this land

Such is the power of this tribute

It recalls, it reiterates and it honours

Most of all, it helps us understand

Date:12-Aug-2016 Reference:View Original Link