Sajjad Ali: The power of music
By Anis Shakur
Sajjad Ali who was born in an artistic family showed visible signs of musical talents at a tender age. His father, Shafqat,
happened to be a movie actor at the time he was born.
When Sajjad was in his tenth year, Pakistani music composer, Tasadduq Husain, was overwhelmed by his musical prowess.
Hence, Tasadduq Husain started teaching music to little Sajjad. At the outset, Tasadduq Husain played tunes of Ustaad
Baray Ghulam Ali and Ustaad Barkat Husain to 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 made his presence felt forcefully in Anwar Maqsood's stage show, 'Silver Jubilee,' in 1983. It was a day of splendor
and bliss for Sajjad.
In 'Silver Jubilee', Sajjad lent his voice to 'Lagi ray lagay lagan yehe dil mein.' The audience was astonished by his
command of 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. This is precisely what happened in times due course.
Two glaring examples are 'Bus bhi bus ziada baat naheen chief Saab', and 'Tuta sapna.'
The insinuating sparkle is so often in his eyes when he is onstage-this illusion that Sajjad is cruising everyone in
the public is very much alive today.
One great fact about Sajjad is that in his songs you will not just hear sounds you will absorb them. Below are three
'Sohni lag dey', 'Mood naheen hai', from his Album, 'Moodi' and 'Taswerain.'
Every admirer comes up with his own notion about Sajjad's singing voice. In Sajjad's case, you do not feel, as you so
often do with such interpretations, that your memories of the prototype have been blurred.
Sajjad's is a performance that, against the odds, holds on to its integrity. Two examples below:
'Mak kia' from his album 'Rangeen', 'Pata bata do' from his album 'Aik Aur love story.'
The viewers sense his magic as soon as the lights come up on Sajjad and at the musical instruments. Sajjad smiles innocently.
That smile and those looks become the cynosure of all eyes and lenses.
Sajjad has 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, singing with affecting sincerity. Three examples below:
'Babia', 'Lari Adda', 'Mahiwal.'
Sajjad successfully conveys the almost desperate eagerness to please that is part of many performers makeup. For Sajjad,
it is a challenge he meets with ferocious gusto.
Additionally, Sajjad manages to project the mirth and misery that is always part of his personal and professional requisite.
Below are three more songs:
'Chal jhuti', 'Jadu', 'Naraz.'
As time passed by, Sajjad improved his artistry as a way to express a genuine, intense joy and the outcome always is
electrifying. Sajjad is a born singer and he applies himself earnestly as a professional duty.
Even his body movement shows an artist's understanding. Below are three songs:
'Chal ur ja', 'Tum say pyar', 'Pehla saal.'
Sajjad channels the energy with a rejuvenating life force that is all his own.
Essentially, Sajjad is a singer worth watching. Ultimately, so are his songs.
Moreover, he delivers musical impact without resorting to parody, caricature or literal imitation. Apparently, Sajjad
is a singer-cum songwriter, many of whose songs became hits like the two below:
'Kuchh larkiyaan', 'Sayanay.'
Sajjad is great first as a loyal Pakistani then as a reputed singer. Accompanying himself on usual musical items, he
luxuriated in his melodies, holding notes with care and concentration.
Sajjad and his brother, Waqar, wrote lyrics for Sajjad's album 'Cinderella.'
Likewise, lyricist Sabir Zafar also wrote songs for Sajjad. Sajjad also directed his movie 'Aik Aur love story.'
Sajjad's performance is so dazzling he transforms it into great Pakistani entertainment. Two examples are, 'Panyoan mein',
Sajjad shaded his pretty melodies with brighter lyrics of love and romance like 'Pyar hai.' Similarly, 'Sanwaar day'
proved both its breadth and its depth.
His hearty tone made songs soar, while Sajjad gave his fans the meaning and drive of a true performer. His impressive
albums holds interest, thanks to his fiercely committed and convincing voice. Below are Sajjad's seven albums:
'Love letter', 1990.
'Chief saab', 1995.
'Aik Aur love story',
'Sohni lag di', 1999.
Sajjad's magnetic persona gives the show glamour and style, while his highly refined voice is full of skillful touches.
He offered decorous, new, exciting songs. Below are five more accomplishments of Sajjad:
Sajjad Ali I.
Koi to Baat ho.
Nowadays, Sajjad Ali is a widely acclaimed Pakistani singer, whose trial and tribulation with singing reflects his own
profound belief in the power of music.
He has been pursuing the dreams for twenty-five years. He will continue
to entice and enthrall music buffs for an extended period of time.