The auditorium was packed with parents, teachers, students, musicians, brilliant talent and undeniable hope. It boomed with nervousness, fluttering hearts, confidence and genuine appreciation. It resonated songs from veteran singers of Pakistan by young energetic students. The excitement was uncontrollable as students recreated magic originally set by Nayarra Noor, Mehdi Hassan, Ahmed Rushdie, Farida Khanum and Atif Aslam – to name just a few!
Students were participating from 126 different schools across Karachi and sang to their best potential in front of a panel of judges belonging to the illustrious music industry of our country. Judges, who encouraged, critiqued and applauded the voices we are sure to hear in the future.
“Obhartey Sitarey” a singing talent program conceived by The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is in its second year now. It aims to discover the gift and flair for music and melody in students ranging from 8-18 years. As TCF collected donations from schools across the city, they also encouraged the same schools to identify their top singing talent and present them for a singing competition.
A program put together by the tireless volunteers at TCF took over 6 months to plan, arrange and execute. 5 days of continuous singing and judging were to identify the top team and eventually the top singer. Although a competition of sorts, this platform was a source of exposure, encouragement and inspiration for all the participants.
As encouraged by one of the judges, Afshan
“ Thori see mehnat,thori see lagan aur bahut see potential”
And well said by the beaming Tina Sani “ Absolutely great confidence, fantastic”
Irrespective of the outcome TCF has proved yet again, talent in Pakistan is waiting to be discovered, and comes to surface only when eagerness to make a difference is combined with honesty and genuineness!