PTV Home, a wavefront of the PTV Network, the first official channel of Pakistan has taken in charge of revitalizing the charm of the “good old days” we often get to hear from our grandparents as they recall the delightful ambiance set up by the single TV channel of Pakistan. Shows like “Raat Gaye” and “Virsa-Heritage Revived” are sequential efforts being made in order to introduce the new generation to its rich and resplendent cultural heritage, a plethora of grand and sumptuous art of music, poetry and prose.
The Iqbal Day Special show is an illustrious example. With able and orate hosts of the evening, Ms.Iffat Omar and Mian Yousuf Salahuddin, the whole package was over-loaded with cultural and social dynamos of Pakistan which have earned such a glorious reputation for the country in their respective fields. The Guest of Honor was none other than Iqbal’s own son, the accomplished Justice Javed Iqbal. The artists of the night were Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Sanam Marvi and Hina Nasrullah, who need no introduction. All of them are descendants of the artistic lineage of Pakistan renowned, regardless of borders.
Touching and eloquently-delivered words from Justice Javed Iqbal and Bushra Ejaz combined with the mystical and magical performances by the artists such as ” Tu Reh Newarde Shoq Hai”, “Dil Souz Se Khaali Hai” and “Kalame Iqbal” set up an aura of enchantment for the entire evening.
The programme concluded with the well-versed dua of the hosts for a prosperous Pakistan and the message of Iqbal propagated so that the torch-bearers of the nation understand and implement atleast only 20% of the Great Poet’s interpretations into their lives.