Radio to save its golden heritage -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Radio to save its golden heritage

ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) has decided to save its heritage and market for the benefit of the art lovers and people at large.

Radio Pakistan has left unforgettable imprints on the minds and souls of its listeners through golden music, classic dramas and other programmes during its half century life.

During the decades of fifties, sixties and some parts of seventies when Radio Pakistan was the only effective electronic media in the country, people used to glue to the radio sets for long time to listen to news, dramas and the giants in the musical field. To save this golden heritage from decay and destruction in the of hands of time, The Central Productions of PBC at Islamabad Headquarters has decided to digitalize almost all sound track and market it for the benefit of the people, particularly the coming generations.

Under a programme, more than half a million minutes of sound will be shifted on CDs in two years time including national and patriotic songs and ghazals, light and semi classical music, folk songs and instrumental music. Voice of founder of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his speeches will be saved and digitalised for future generations of Pakistan.

Mrs Nayyar Mahmood, incharge of the programme said to begin with two CDs entitled “Javedan Noor Jehan” based on national and patriotic songs and ghazals sung by Melody Queen Noor Jehan have been prepared and marketed. These CDs also contain rare songs, not commonly known but were appreciated when they were, presented by Radio Pakistan during 1965 and 1971 wars.

Similarly, the songs of other giants like Mehdi Hassan, Farida Khanum, Iqbal Bano, Ustad Amanat Ali, Ustad Nizakat Ali, Surriya Multanikar, Anika Bano, Ghulam Ali, Mehnaz, Abida Parveen, Sain Akhtar, Sain Mama, Alam Lohar and many more will be converted on CDs.

Almost all the music heritage from Lahore and Karachi production units has been shifted to Islamabad central productions and placed in music library.

Source: The Nation
Date:4/2/2001