I need your prayers: Alamgir

Published: October 15, 2011

The legendary pop singer seeks help and prayers as he tries to raise funds for his treatment. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

KARACHI: 

Popularly known as the ‘Elvis of the East’, Alamgir, the man who is regarded as one of the pioneers of pop music in Pakistan, needs his fans’ help and support. In an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune, he reveals the latest update on his health.

“I’m waiting for a matching kidney donor,” says Alamgir. “It’s a three-year waiting list, so please keep praying.”

The singer was diagnosed with complete renal failure in 2004 and has been undergoing regular dialysis for the past few years. Although the issue has been taken up by some fans, who made cause groups on Facebook, and a few ventures have also been organised to collect donations, the pop legend still needs financial help. “I’m trying to raise funds for my treatment and if God wills the people of Pakistan will respond as they always have, with love,” exclaims Alamgir.

Alamgir, who lives with his family in Atlanta, Georgia, landed in a financial crisis because his health insurance did not cover transplant costs, reports Pakistan Today.

When asked whether any government official has contacted him to help out, Alamgir remains a man of few words, “Yes — I would prefer to leave it at that.”

The pop legend’s desperation for funds and support reminds one of yet another legend, Mehdi Hassan Khan, who was supported by his fans all over the world and, after a lot of media hype, by the government as well. However, unlike Hassan — the man credited with hits like “Dekha Na Tha” and “Maine Tumhari Gagar Se”— Alamgir has two issues to consider: he has to first find a potential donor and then bear the expenses. Hence, the pop singer requested local hospitals to help him find a potential match. “It will be very kind of them to do that; with God’s help, I will be able to find a donor. It’s a long process and patience is key,” says Alamgir.

Despite the fact that Pakistan’s ‘King of Pop’ is not in the best health, the performer in him is still alive and kicking as he plans to release more music after he recovers. Clinging to the belief that music is the best escape,  Alamgir has been regularly practising his vocals as well as writing new songs. “Music is life to me, its takes me away from reality and calms me down, I still play music and sing and very soon you will be able to see me back with new songs,” adds the 57-year-old.

Alamgir is one of the few singers of his time (1970s) who is still remembered for his live performances — his agility on stage and dance moves made his performances a great audio-visual experience for the audience. His songs, which are popular even with the younger generations today, are truly timeless.

The singer’s last performance was in the The Musik Awards (2007) where he brought the crowd to their feet by performing revamped versions of his hits. There is no stopping Alamgir who hopes to make a comeback for his fans, “I need your prayers and support so that I can entertain you once again.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 16th, 2011.

Reader Comments (47)

  • Oct 15, 2011 - 10:19PM

    Get well soon sir. Ask your closed ones to launch a global campaign. We Pakistanis are ready to help you out any Pakistani anytime.

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  • Idrees
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:01AM

    Umeed-e-Subh-e-Jamaal Rakhna.. Khayaal Rakhna… Khayal Rakhna

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 16, 2011 - 2:03AM

    I don’t even know who he is.

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  • lightning
    Oct 16, 2011 - 8:23AM

    My prayers n best wishes for him…i think he should contact SIUT or kidney centre too, once he finds the donors…. Wish u all the best, sir…

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  • RABYA
    Oct 16, 2011 - 8:32AM

    I am up for it,what and how can we help?

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  • Kamran
    Oct 16, 2011 - 9:45AM

    Alamgir is the pioneer of Pop Music in Pakistan. I grew up listening to his songs. I wish him the best of health. He has given us so many hit songs and I feel proud to be a Pakistani, and be associated with him as another Pakistani.

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  • Jamik
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:14PM

    Sir if there is one single way that we can pay back what you have given to us is by responding to your appeal.What and how can we do it sir?

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 3:27PM

    Well prays wih u Mr.legend..

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  • optimist
    Oct 16, 2011 - 5:03PM

    Only if we had a proper copyright system, people like Alamgir & Mehdi Hasan would have been billionaires!!

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Prayers and wishes for him
    wonder if he has tried for a kidney transplant in Pakistan?
    Donor wont be such a problem, less expenditure, and good facilities available. For example SUIT

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 16, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Alamgir performed in Las Vegas many times. My son Nauman Jahangir MD is a Heart & General surgeon over there , i am asking him to do whatever is possible locally.Dr.Jahangir can be contacted on his cell phone # 702-575-7955 .Mr. Alamgir must call him.

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  • Feroze
    Oct 16, 2011 - 6:10PM

    We have been very disrespectful to our legends in the past. We should not let this be just another case of that. Otherwise, we don’t deserve any more legends.

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  • tamzeen
    Oct 16, 2011 - 8:04PM

    how can we help u sir?? sir u can contact “GLOBAL HOSPITALS” IN HYDERABAD, INDIA, they are best in the city, do let us know

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 16, 2011 - 8:38PM

    Have already informed Dr. Nauman Jahangir in Las Vegas USA about Mr. Alamgir, if he is reading this,he should get in touch with Dr. Jahangir on afore mentioned cell phone.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 16, 2011 - 9:30PM

    There are number of people in the remote areas of Pakistan who have sold one of their kidneys just for Rs. 50,000 to the buyers in the international market through kidney brokers operating in Pakistan.

    I wish if some may come up and donate or sell one his kidney to Alamgir which should match with Alamgir’s other kidney and its tissues.

    Alamgir should also read the note of Mr. K. Salim Jahangir and should contact his son MD Nauman Jehangir on his given cell phone number.

    I wish that the precious human life of Alamgir should be saved and he should return to do his extra ordinary his performance.

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  • maheen
    Oct 17, 2011 - 1:14AM

    We will definetly not stay backk..

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  • csmann
    Oct 17, 2011 - 1:50AM

    was it too shameful to mention that eventually Jagjit Singh (god bless his soul) came to the rescue of mehdi hassan.
    alamgir also should ask indians also for donation;surely he must have lots of fans there.except for few right-wingers,indians consider all artists of the sub-continent as their own.

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  • Farhan Haider
    Oct 17, 2011 - 9:22AM

    please provide Alamgir’s contact number..

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  • amazing
    Oct 17, 2011 - 12:37PM

    I am up for it, hod do we go about doing that?

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  • A Khan
    Oct 18, 2011 - 2:37AM

    Alamgir is in our prayers. How come he is not eligible for medical coverage in USA? surely, he is sick and he should qualify for Medicaid or GAMP. It is unethical to buy a kidney any where in the world. Does he have a family member who may be able to donate? alternatively, he has to wait for a cadaveric transplant for 3 years. what is his phone number?

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  • alamgir
    Oct 18, 2011 - 5:41PM

    @tamzeen:
    @Jamik:
    @Pakistani:

    thanks for the info.

    alamgir

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  • alamgir
    Oct 18, 2011 - 5:42PM

    @k. Salim Jahangir:

    thanks. you can call me at 770 979 2532

    alamgir

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  • alamgir
    Oct 18, 2011 - 5:44PM

    @k. Salim Jahangir:

    i will call him today inshallah.

    alamgir

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  • alamgir
    Oct 18, 2011 - 5:46PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:

    is that really true about the kidney selling. i thought that is illegal. can you please send me some links where i can read about this please.

    thanks

    alamgir

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  • alamgir
    Oct 18, 2011 - 5:47PM

    @Farhan Haider:

    you can call me at 770 979 2532

    thanks

    alamgir

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  • alamgir
    Oct 18, 2011 - 5:50PM

    @A Khan:

    you can call me @ 770 979 2532

    alamgir

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  • Farhan Haider
    Oct 19, 2011 - 10:12AM

    Alamgir should set up an account to receive financial help from his lovers..

    It is really sad to know that another legend and heart favorit Alamgir is in pain and suffering out side his country. Its shameful for our Govt. spending millions on their personal expenses but no one is coming uo to help this gentleman.. His treatment should be done on govt. expense like any minister goes to UK or States for their cold/flue treatment.

    Guys we should do some thing to save the life of our hero, we still remember Babbu Baral, Mastana and great Mehdi Hassan who kept waiting for govt aid and got nothing.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Oct 21, 2011 - 2:14AM

    Salam Alamgir Sahab,

    May Allah SWT bless you and bestow you with health and happiness, Ameen.

    You are an inspiration we all love you. You are proud of Pakistan.

    Wasalam.

    Rizwan

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  • R. Khan
    Oct 21, 2011 - 12:25PM

    We love you!

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  • Adi
    Oct 21, 2011 - 3:00PM

    You are still the best sir!

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  • rashid
    Oct 21, 2011 - 5:26PM

    @Pakistani:
    not a fan of music?

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  • adeel Surhwardy
    Oct 21, 2011 - 10:45PM

    Please do take a look at this initiative, all donations made here go directly to sir Alamgir.

    http://www.AlamgirHealthFund.com

    This is just a small step we have taken to generate awareness about sir Alamgir’s health once again, what ever you could do support him would be extremely appreciated.

    thanks so much
    -Adeel Suhrwardy

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  • zeeshan
    Oct 22, 2011 - 6:22PM

    @alamgir:
    No it’s not legal. It is absurd of the person who has recommended that. Recommend

  • Fahad Mohiuddin Ahmed
    Oct 23, 2011 - 2:50PM

    Sir launch a global campaign and believe me, we all Pakistani will help you in every way. Because we want to listen DEKHA NA THA from you in Pakistan.

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  • Aamir
    Oct 24, 2011 - 11:31AM

    Pakistanis around the world can be motivated to collect handsome donation. Need a little push from media.

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  • Bravo
    Oct 25, 2011 - 2:19PM

    get well soon !!!!!

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  • amia
    Oct 26, 2011 - 12:04AM

    kidney selling is illegal, but how many illegal things one has done in life. The issue is debatable. If a person can commit suicide tired of his financial problems isnt it better to save his life and his childrens by simply selling an organ. It becomes a crime when the organ selling mafia sets in. Alamgir save your life and save a family by giving them all you can pay for your life.

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  • jamaluddin khemani
    Oct 26, 2011 - 3:09AM

    ”’ ALLAH ”’ aap ko zindagi de or aap hamari umar b lg jaay GOD BLESS U

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  • Adil
    Oct 27, 2011 - 12:42PM

    All ready but how to donate.Also it will be much cheaper and quicker in Pakistan.Give it a try Alamgir (My favorite singer of all times)

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  • NJ
    Oct 27, 2011 - 1:49PM

    Get Well Soon Sir; We’re all proud of you and wish you a healthy recovery!!

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  • SJ
    Oct 28, 2011 - 1:56AM

    How can we help in this regard……because we would like to be of some help to our legend

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  • MAMDANI M SHAKIL
    Oct 28, 2011 - 8:38PM

    Dear Alamgeer,

    If you dont mind please I ready to give my kidny to you……………….I write my email.can you contact with me wtih best wishes
    famamdani at yahoo.de

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  • Mobin Haque
    Oct 28, 2011 - 10:16PM

    Are you people alright? Talking about organ sales as if its aspirin. I’ve seen and dealt with people who buy and sell their organs. Perhaps buying kidnapped kids should be next on your recommend list.
    Alamgir should wait in line like everyone else. And seriously, you aren’t even a Pakistani anymore. I would rather give my hard earned money to some poor guy from my city instead of a medicaid reject from USA!Recommend

  • san
    Nov 1, 2011 - 11:58PM

    I am wishing you a fast recovery from your illness, and I hopefully you can work your bigger problems out too.inshAllah is there any way to talk with u plz let us know

    Regards
    san

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  • salman butt
    Nov 13, 2011 - 3:11PM

    Wishing you a fast recovery.

    But seriously why not have this done in Pakistan, India or any other South American country (seeing as you reside in USA)?

    Instead of hundreds of thousands of dollars that it would cost in USA, you will be done with maybe 10k or so and not be so dependent on the help of others. Lots of Americans go to South American countries and India for all kinds of procedures due to sky high medical costs in the USA.

    Good Luck.

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  • Ash
    Nov 14, 2011 - 10:32PM

    @Pakistani: you must be living in a cave (if you are not 25 or over)

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  • Maria K
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:35AM

    Wish you the very best, Alamgir Sahib. Let us know if there is a paypal account set up where we can send some help and ask others to contribute as well. A facebook page highlighting this issue would be a good idea to raise some funds.

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