Sajjad Ali: Verve and Vivacity

By Anis Shakur
Wednesday – June 24, 2020
NEW YORK (United States): “Neelay gagan ki peryaan naachain, jab mein geet sunaon ray,” Sajjad in the 1983 stage show, Silver Jubilee. I do concur with renowned English art critic of yesteryear, John Ruskin, in that, “The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes from it.”

That said let us peruse Sajjad’s numerous outstanding accomplishments and rewards and assess what he becomes from it.

Additionally, let us observe how Sajjad’s consistent patterns of performances transformed his life altogether for the better. This, in fact, is this write-ups avowed purpose as well.

Master Sajjad Ali was born in a very enlightened family of highly distinguished Lumineers. But let’s consider the first thing at first. Let us look at the many faces of Sajjad.

Essentially, Sajjad as we know him in 2020, is a classical, pop, singer, poet, film actor, director, producer and most of all, a great human.

Sajjad was born on August 24, 1966, in Lahore, Pakistan. He graduated from the national art college. Subsequently, Sajjad successfully completed bachelors of art from Karachi university.

Sajjad’s father, Shafqat Husain, happened to be a Pakistani actor and cricketer.

In 1976, when Sajjad was 10 years of age, music composer, Tassaduq Hussain, overwhelmed by Sajjad’s musical prowess, taught him classical music.

At the outset, Tasadduq played tunes of Ustaad Baray Ghulam Ali and Ustaad Barkat Hussain to little Sajjad.

Thus, Sajjad had the pleasure to learn classical music and familiarize himself with various musical instruments as well as ragas. Long story short, Sajjad was an endearing dynamo as a child singer.

Sajjad’s debut album, “Master Sajjad’s memorable classics,” was on sale in 1979. He made his presence felt for the first time in Athar Shah Khan’s Pakistani television program, “Aap Janab.”

Next, prominent Pakistani music composer, Sohail Rana, welcomed Sajjad in his Pakistani television children’s music program, “rang, barangi duniya,” Moreover, Sajjad’s eventful music career is studded with innumerable achievements. Two glaring instances are “bus bhi bus ziada baat naheen chief saab,” and “tuta sapna.”

Moreover, in 1980, fourteen-year-old Sajjad graced another Pakistani television program, “raag rang.”

Truth said Sajjad made his presence felt in Anwar Maqsood’s 1983 stage show, “Silver Jubilee,” he lent his unparallel voice to “Lagi ray lagay lagan yehe dil mein.” The audience was astonished by his command both on lyrics and music.

Initially, no one would have imagined that his songs would attain so much fame and that Sajjad would fill them with enormous emotional power. However, this is precisely what happened in times due course.

Further, the insinuating sparkle is so often in his eyes when Sajjad is onstage, this illusion that Sajjad is cruising everyone in the public is very much alive today.

Furthermore, one conspicuous fact about Sajjad is that in his songs you will not just hear sounds you will absorb them. Three examples are, “sohni lag di, 1999” “mood naheen hai,” from his album, “Moody, 1996,” and “taswerain.”

Perhaps, every admirer comes up with his own notion about Sajjad’s singing voice. When it comes to Sajjad, we do not feel, as we so often do with such interpretations, that our memories of the prototype have been blurred.

Indeed, Sajjad’s is a performance that, against the odds, holds on to its integrity. Two examples are, “mak kia,” from his album, “rangeen, 2004,” and “pata bata do,” from his album “Aik aur love story.”

What is more, the viewers sense his magic soon as the lights come up on Sajjad and at the musical instruments for that matter. Sajjad smiles innocently. Most definitely, that smile and those looks become the cynosure of all eyes and lenses.

Sajjad possesses a strong classical music background that took him to a higher echelon in the music industry. Most importantly, Sajjad is at ease with both classical and pop music that he renders with affecting sincerity. Three examples are the songs “babia, 1993,” “lari adda,” and “mahiwal.”

In the domain of music, Sajjad successfully conveys the almost desperate eagerness to please, that is part of many performers’ makeup as well. As for Sajjad, it is a challenge he meets with a blend sense of complacency and gusto.

In addition, Sajjad manages to project the mirth and the misery that is always part of his personal and professional requisite. Three more instances are songs “chal jhuti,” “jadu,” and “naraaz.”

As time pass by, Sajjad ameliorates his artistry as a way to define a genuine, intense joy and the outcome always is electrifying. After all, Sajjad is a born singer, as such, he applies himself earnestly as a professional duty.

Presumably his body movement shows an artist’s understanding of both the music and the lyrics. Songs like “chal ur ja,” “tum say pyar,” and “Pehla saal,” are etched in listeners mind.

Sajjad channels the energy with a rejuvenating life force that is all his own.

Obviously, Sajjad is a singer worth watching. Ultimately, so is his songs.

Moreover, he delivers musical impact without resorting to parody, caricature or literal imitation. Apparently, Sajjad is a singer-cum-lyricist. Hence, many of whose songs became hits like these two. “kuchh larkiyaan,” and “sayanay.”

Sajjad is eminent first as a loyal Pakistani then as a highly reputed singer. Accompanying himself on usual musical items, he luxuriates in his melodies, holding notes with utmost care and concentration.

Reverting to his music, Sajjad and his real brother, Waqar, wrote down lyrics for Sajjad’s album “Cinderella, 1995.”

Likewise, lyricist Sabir Zafar also contributed songs for Sajjad. Additionally, Sajjad also directed his movie, “Aik aur love story, 1998.”

Sajjad’s performance is so dazzling he transforms it into great Pakistani entertainment. Two examples are “Panyoan mein,” and “Layan layan.” Similarly, Sajjad shaded his pretty melodies with brighter lyrics of love and romance like “Pyar hai.” Similarly, the song “Sanwaar day,” proved both its breadth and its depth.

“Regarding moments of nuptial bliss,” the nuptials between Sajjad and his college classmate, Naureen, took place in 1989. God blessed them with two sons and two daughters.

His hearty tones make songs soar, while Sajjad gave his myriad adorers the meaning and drive of a true performer. His impressive albums hold interest, thanks to his fiercely committed and convincing voice. Sajjad’s seven albums are “Love letter,” 1990, “Wachan,” 1992, “Babia,” 1993, “Chief Saab,” 1995, “Moody,” 1996, “Aik aur love story,” 1998, and “Sohni lag di.” 1999.

For the sake of record, Sajjad debuted as director in the 1989 telefilm, “Love letter.” Almost nine years down the line, in 1998, Sajjad was the man behind the movie, “Aik aur love story.”

Lest I forget, Sajjad proved his worth as a singer, actor, in director Zahoor Gilani’s film, “munda tera deewana,” Sajjad recorded songs for the Pakistani television drama serial “teri yaad,” and the drama serial “thori Khushi, thora gham.” The two songs “na boloon gee,” and “sun Leyna,” were recorded.

Per music composer, A.R. Rehman, Sajjad is an embodiment of ingenuity. Sajjad leaves the listeners with profound and lasting impression not only of masterpieces of dramatic artistry, but of the extraordinary man as he sure is. Below are few more success stories.

In 2006, Sajjad came out with two unique songs “Chal rein dey,” and “Sajjad Ali Sinsym flight.”

What is more, in 2008, he brought forward yet another album namely, “chaar balish,”

In the highly interesting list of music compositions, two of them were in the market in 2011. To be precise, they were in the film “Bol.”

In the never ending list of feats, Sajjad graced the second episode of coke studio with the number “kir, kir,” in 2011.

Sajjad’s charismatic persona gives the show glamor and style. While his highly refined voice is full of skillful touches. He offers decorous, new, exciting songs.

Sajjad’s five more accomplishments are “Cinderella,”, “Sajjad Ali 1,” “Koi to baat ho,”, “Teri yaad,”, and “Rangeen.”

Almighty God blessed Sajjad in many ways. Fortunately, he was invited to sing for the US supported program meant for the betterment of expectant mothers. Sajjad sings with absolute verve. Better yet, countless listeners are struck by his sheer vivacity.

An unequivocally remarkable artist, as Sajjad indeed is, he won two Nigar Awards and one National Film Award.

By all means, March 23, 2019, was not only a red-letter day in Sajjad’s well lived life, but also a day of extraordinary achievement in his distinguished career.

For, on that auspicious day, one of Sajjad’s greatest ambition was fulfilled, one of his cherished dreams came true, and some of his lofty principles triumphed. Sajjad was the recipient of one of the highest Civilian Award, “Sitara-e-Imtiaz,” Over and above, it was a day to millions of his admirers to rejoice Sajjad’s huge success.

Years ago, Sajjad settled down in Dubai along with his immediate family members.

Nowadays, Sajjad is a widely acclaimed Pakistani singer, whose trial and tribulation with singing reflects his own profound belief in the power of music.

All said and done, Sajjad has been pursuing the realistic dreams for forty-one years. He will continue to entice and enthral aficionados of music for an extended period of time.

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.