Artists launch Dil Sey Pakistan songArchive
ISLAMABAD: Various artists launched a new song, complete with a video, titled Dil Sey Pakistan on Wednesday at the National Press Club to celebrate 70 years of independence.
Those present on the occasion include singer Haroon, social activist Muniba Mazari, singers Javed Bashir and Shariq Khan and rubab player Farhan Bogra.
The video starts with a scene from a mela where artists are singing the song and features a student of Army Public School Peshawar, Aakif Azeem.
Aakif has a box and a view finder and encourages the youth to look into the box to find inspiration. The box contains images of various Pakistani heroes and models as well as landscapes and monuments from across the country. The video celebrates the diversity of people and backgrounds in the country.
Talking to the media later, Haroon said the music video was produced with an aim to bring forward all that is good in the country and motivate and inspire the youth.
“We want to promote a positive image of the country as we are facing problems with how we are perceived outside of Pakistan,” he said.
There is a lot of talent in Pakistan but not so many opportunities, he said. He discussed the issue of royalty not being paid to singers when, for instance, their songs are played on radio and television.
“This is why we hardly see any new songs being produced. We are working on legislation for copy rights and royalty which will hopefully encourage more singers,” he said.
Social activist Muniba Mazari said the music video seeks to inspire the youth by paying tribute to Pakistani heroes and role models. She said the music and lyrics of the song are very strong and that she loves singing it.
“A few of us friends were sitting together one day and I started singing this song and Haroon started playing his guitar which our friends recorded on their phones and shared on social media. We received a good response and people suggested we recreate the song,” she said.
When the audience requested, the video was screened once again.
Published in Dawn, August 10th, 2017