Sunday, August 14, 2016
An Unforgettable Evening with Tahira Syed
August 14, 2016
Reported by Saeed Qureshi
On the evening of August 12, 2016 Radio Azad and the Dallas Fort Worth community jointly arranged and presented a magnificent cultural program in Marriot Hotel Plano. The celebrated singer from Pakistan Tahira Syed, the daughter of the famous legendry singer Malika Pukhraj kept the audience spellbound for about three hours with her melodious, captivating and thrilling voice and style of singing. Tahira is now 57 years old but her voice is still vibrant and soul stirring. She sang many songs on the request of the audience.
The occasion was indeed a throwback of the time some three decades in the past when we used to see Tahira Syed then a young and budding girl standing before the microphone and mesmerizing the listeners with her uniquely sweet and honeyed voice. She still keeps intact the legacy of her mother as well her own by singing the Gazals of the legendry Urdu poets and lyrics written by various writers either for movies or for indoor, private and socio-cultural public parties and get-togethers.
We all very well know Radio Azad and Azad Khan for years together. This young man has tremendous dynamism, initiative and talent. His conversations and talks on radio are inspiring and offer a wealth of knowledge and understanding on a host of issues. He is a versatile speaker and moderator with a flow of articulation on subjects from culture, religion to political issues.
Luckily he and his Radio were the cosponsors in organizing that amazing evening which would be one of those events that one seldom forgets. Mr. Azad introduced both Khaliq Qureshi Sahib and later Tahira Syed.
Before Tahira Syed singing phase started, a splendid event took place. Jinab Khaliq Qureshi the founder of “one Man Mission” for two decades was awarded a uniquely crafted plaque in “appreciation and gratitude for his lifelong contribution and outstanding services for Pakistan, Muslim unity, humanity and peace”.
That in fact was the hallmark of that colorful evening and one should admire and appreciate this superb gesture on the part of Radio Azad and the Dallas Forth Worth community in honoring and acknowledging the meritorious services and selfless dedication of Qureshi Sahib for a great and humanitarian cause.
It would be worth mentioning here that the liberation of Bosnia came through the efforts of Khaliq Qureshi Sahib after he wrote a letter to Bill Clinton, then the president of the United States. That letter was routed through Clinton’s wife Hillary Clinton now Democratic candidate for the office of the president of the United states.
In his response to Mr. Qureshi via a litter president Clinton promised that he would definitively play a role in the settlement of the Bosnia issue. Clinton stood by his promise and Bosnia is now a free land.
If someone would like to know more about the remarkable role and input of Khaliq Sahib striving for the peace around the world and liberation of the occupied lands inter-alia: Kashmir, Palestine, Chechnya, he or she should visit his website which is www.onemanmission.org.