Sweet, Serene, Sara

By Anis Shakur
Friday – November 15, 2019
NEW YORK (United States): ‘Let no youth have any anxiety about the upshot of his education, whatever the line of it may be. If he keeps faithfully busy each hour of the working day, he may safely leave the result to itself. He can with perfect certainty count on waking up some fine morning to find himself one of the competent ones of his generation.’ is a saying by American psychologist, William James, which applies to the ‘watan ki mitti,’ famed, Sara.

Teri hifazat ka azm lay kar har aik apnay mahaaz per hai gawah rehna

Sara was born on November 9, 1995, in Lahore, Pakistan, in a conservative family that essentially adhered to the eastern cultural values. Her real life story is as flabbergasting as she is. During her school days, Sara’s academic pursuit and extracurricular activities ran side by side.

However, she evinced keen interest in music, which grew in times due course. The well-wishers around Sara felt that she is in need of music lessons from a music teacher. Hence, Sara attended music classes at the Alhambra Arts Council, Lahore. Out of veneration, Sara addresses her music tutor as sir Rauf.

Sara’s glorious visions about music led her attain a series of enormous musical triumphs, which included singing at live shows, that were telecast on various television channels.

From that and a rarely perfected talent of animation, Sara brought her splendid presentations not only to life, but also into the throbbing hearts of innumerable loyal adorers.

Next, young, energetic, up and coming Sara breezed into and won the Pakistani television reality show, ‘bright stars.’ Confident, exuberant, amiable and brilliant, Sara echoes a quality most of us seem to have forgotten: being real and pragmatic.

Moreover, the voice judge chose Sara to participate in the musical talent show, ‘sa, re, ga, ma, pa, challenge 2009. Though Sara could not win the show, she was in very high spirits. Truth said, Sara was in her early teens then, but she carried a mature head on her shoulders.

As time went by, Sara forges her way up. On the one hand, she recorded songs, which prominent singers sung years ago. On the other hand, Sara continued her education at the Kinnaird College for Women University. Reverting to her glorious music career, Sara’s vocalizing glows with a special vividness that is characteristically she own.

In the next five years, 2010 – 2014, Sara’s musical output can be termed as prodigious. Being a highly cherished singer, Sara lends her mellifluous voice to render original sound tracks or playback songs. Apparently, it was a day of splendor and bliss for the Pakistani nation when ‘watan ki mitti gawah rehna,’ was magnificently recorded and superbly pictured on Sara. (Originally recorded on Nayyara Noor’s voice)

Every so often, we come across Sara’s admirers humming her songs with fondness. With all her flamboyance, Sara is, indeed, the daughter of Pakistan. Perhaps, a new generation has discovered Sara and her individualist artistry. What is more, Sara is receiving her just due.

A glaring example is Sara’s astonishing performance in the 2012 singing competition. Further, loud applause from the public strengthens Sara’s faith in her own resourcefulness. A quick example is Sara’s 2012 outstanding playback rendition for ‘Meray qatil meray dildar.’ Furthermore, Sara is not just a vocalist of the highest grade; she has a place in our hearts. With her debut playback songs for the 2014 films ‘Dukhtar,’ and ‘Na maloom afraad,’ Sara spurred her fans to better both their life and their world.

The songs in her lilting voice captures the essence of what life in Pakistan is really. Sara’s incredible talents transcend once imagination as one contemplates her nearly six dozen original sound tracks that she has recorded for the films and the television plays. One wonders, as one listen to her songs, is soulful Sara conscious of the depth and extent to which she has endeared herself to the millions of admirers by fulfilling their great expectations.

Well, as the saying goes, ‘the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.’ That said, sweet, serene, Sara has been, she is, and I hope she will be, the cynosure of all eyes and lenses for very many years. Godspeed, Sara.

Info: Eminent storyteller, Anis Shakur, is a Pakistani born United States (US) citizen. He works for the US federal and State government. He resides at a stone-throw distance from the darting shores of the Atlantic ocean in New York, for the past three decades.