The sound of a dream

Published: April 5, 2011
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Penned by Bilal Maqsood, the track centres on hope in an attempt to empower the youth of the nation. PHOTOS: FILE

Penned by Bilal Maqsood, the track centres on hope in an attempt to empower the youth of the nation. PHOTOS: FILE

Penned by Bilal Maqsood, the track centres on hope in an attempt to empower the youth of the nation. PHOTOS: FILE Penned by Bilal Maqsood, the track centres on hope in an attempt to empower the youth of the nation. PHOTOS: FILE Penned by Bilal Maqsood, the track centres on hope in an attempt to empower the youth of the nation. PHOTOS: FILE Penned by Bilal Maqsood, the track centres on hope in an attempt to empower the youth of the nation. PHOTOS: FILE
KARACHI: 

Pop-rock band Strings have solidified their stance as socially conscientious artists with the release of “Main Tou Dekhoon Ga”.

This follows the 2006 release of “Beirut”, a song inspired by the war in Lebanon, and “Ab Khud Kuch Karna Paray Ga” in 2010. The latter was done in collaboration with Atif Aslam, and strove to give the youth a wake-up call.

“Main To Dekhoon Ga” is a dream: Jab roti sasti ho gi, aur mehngi ho gi jaan (when bread will be cheap, and life will be precious). And it comes at an apt time too. In the wake of the lost semi-final, petrol price hikes and target killings, every Pakistani needs to dream a little, and that is precisely what this number does.

Bilal Maqsood, who penned the lyrics, has out- done himself. Inflation, corrupt leadership, dismembered unity of the nation and feudalism — he has astutely outlined every disease that plagues the country.  “I had started writing the song casually; I was writing it for my kids, because they have not seen the Pakistan I saw in my childhood. It turned into something bigger though.”

“We are talking to the children of the nation. They cannot see any hope of betterment,” said Maqsood. The song urges and empowers the youth, whispering to them about utopian visions, of a time when they will have their rightful place as rulers of the nation, steering it to a better future; a time when politicians will lay down their arms of self righteousness, and re-learn their duty to the nation.

Maqsood has also composed the nostalgic melody of this song, which would strum the heart strings of any patriot. The video, directed by Jami, features the duo in an almost pied piper like fashion, albeit equipped with a harmonium. Dressed as teachers hailing from a rural school, the two wait atop a lone hill top; with a blank chalk board waits. One by one, young children appear, lured in by the lesson of hope that they preach in the song. From hilltops, to lakes and the lush country side, Faisal Kapadia sings his heart out to young smiling faces as they respond to the visionary message.

“This song is for all those people who have lost hope in Pakistan — losing hope is the worst thing you can do. We have to wait for the silver lining to appear, even though we cannot see it,” says Maqsood. “We have to believe in ourselves.”

As the children sketch their own visions of a better future, Kapadia croons “Jo duur gayay thay bhulay say, lautain gay watan ko aik shaam.”

“This song is a message to all those who are tired of the situation and want to leave, to run away,” says Maqsood. “But running away is not the solution. We have to look for our answers here.”

When asked whether this song is a conscious effort to promote socio-political awareness, the band says they are unsure.

“People ask whether we will return to our ‘normal’ songs anytime soon. All we can say is, for now we don’t feel like doing anything else. For now, this is normal. This is all we can think of”.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • ali
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:10PM

    intentions good, lyrics OK.
    but it doesnt sound good at allRecommend

  • hunain
    Apr 6, 2011 - 8:11AM

    Really nice song…. sign of hope :)Recommend

  • Maryam
    Apr 6, 2011 - 9:11AM

    the concept is amazing,video awesome, both of them look so cool…..this is all….Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Apr 6, 2011 - 9:41AM

    Best Band ever to come out of Pakistan. A hole egneration grew up with their songs, my first concert ever was a Strings in Karachi.

    The actually ROCK!!!!!!Recommend

  • Anam
    Apr 6, 2011 - 9:58AM

    wonderful song, amazing lyrics and a beautiful video… simple yet meaningful :)Recommend

  • Dr Omar
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:18AM

    At least its an effort in the right direction (i.e keeping the hope alive).Recommend

  • MP1
    Apr 6, 2011 - 11:53AM

    Good song. Love what they’re wearing.Recommend

  • Mariam Javed
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:51PM

    Good Job! At least they’re trying to let us think or dream this way!!Recommend

  • samsam
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:56PM

    Strings need to re string themselves. they’ve lost their touch lately.Recommend

  • merium azmi
    Apr 6, 2011 - 2:17PM

    I like what they are wearing, cinematography and the lyrics…:), the song will grow on every one as well…good stuff!!!!Recommend

  • Asad Baig
    Apr 6, 2011 - 9:24PM

    Awesome Song.Beautiful Lyrics.Recommend

  • Dee
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:07PM

    This song captured my heart. I just loved it! Thank you Strings.Recommend

  • Rasikh Ismail
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:17PM

    Its the most awesome song ever …Very true in its spirit and executon is flawless.
    Cant think of any Pakistani who wont take it as their own thought process articulated by the duo.

    Just Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant.Recommend

  • armeen ismail
    Apr 6, 2011 - 11:19PM

    brilliant song, brilliant lyrics and brilliant artists..!! Enough said!Recommend

  • samina
    Apr 7, 2011 - 7:23AM

    What a beautiful song!!!! great lyrics and an Awsome Video, GREAT JOB STRINGS.Recommend

  • AU
    Apr 7, 2011 - 11:48AM

    Great song. Loved it..
    Filled with great hope.Recommend

  • Apr 9, 2011 - 9:33AM

    The song finally migrated our generation from the last epic national song…that was dil dil Pakistan….our generation grew under it and it was a mirror of our generation at that time, a child’s sweet dream….with this song by strings arriving now, I suddenly realized that our generation has matured…It is mirror of our generation today. It is like our generation teaching our children now. Thanx strings for bringing our maturity to usRecommend

  • Rehan
    Apr 10, 2011 - 8:47PM

    Best Strings song yet, this is one that will be sung for generationsRecommend

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