Alamgir’s performance delights audience during Napa tribute
Alamgir, a renowned Pakistani singer considered one of the pioneers of pop music in the country, received a deserved tribute from the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) on Monday evening.
The singer whose health was deteriorating has been making headlines lately and who was also due to undergo a kidney transplant appeared to be in better health at the event much to the delight of his fans who had packed the hall in droves.
Audiences were immersed in the golden age of the 1970s and 1980s when pop music was introduced to the country. The applause echoed as the veteran singer took the stage and began singing along with Pakistani guitarist, composer and founding member of the Strings group Bilal Maqsood.
“It’s an honor to be with you in the same room,” Maqsood said. Whatever is happening in pop music today in the country, there is a wider consensus that it started in Alamgir, he added.
Maqsood recalled that there used to be a slot on Pakistani Television (PTV) twice a week for a song. He said that before the song, there was a slide of ‘Naghma’ flashing for a few seconds on the screen. “I used to pray for those few seconds that the upcoming song would be Alamgir’s.”
Back then, Maqsood said, PTV was very static, but it was Alamgir who brought pop culture to it. It’s not the camera effects or the background, but the personality that he says brought out the pop music charm of the singer.
A generation of pop singers in the country has departed from Alamgir, Maqsood noted. After his rave remarks, he sang one of Alamgir’s famous songs “Albela Rahi”, which captivated the audience. “I feel like you sang this song for me. Maybe you sang it for yourself, but this song is the voice of every musician’s heart,” Maqsood said.
The energy on stage was taken to the next level when Alamgir joined Maqsood to sing “Albela Rahi” and the audience was amazed.
Napa students paid tribute to the veteran singer by performing his famous “Dekha na tha kabhi humne ye sama” which made some onlookers, including an elderly woman, get up and dance.
Towards the end of the show, Alamgir sang one of his famous slow tempo songs, “Shaam se pehle aana”. The audience was completely immersed in the song, which was nostalgic for many of them who were young in the 1970s and 1980s.
Unfortunately, the singer did not sing after that. When the public asked him to continue, he cited his health problems which did not allow him to sing any more. The event ended with the presentation of souvenirs to Alamgir.