PESHAWAR: Renowned singers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) released their first ever album named Aman Aud Watan Meena comprising of patriotic songs in Pashto, Punjabi, Hindko and Urdu languages on Thursday. Most of the songs were recorded in places of newly merged tribal districts. There is a special song dedicated to the people of those tribal areas, police and Pakistan Army who fought against the curse of terrorism with bravery.
Famous singer, Bakhtyar Khattak told The Express Tribune that the cultural department and provincial government collectively spent Rs.5 million for recording 12 songs in different tribal districts including Waziristan, Khyber etc.
He said, “The Pakistan Army assisted us to record videos on difficult and rough paths which was impossible to do without their assistance.”
The singer said that the album contains songs which would fill one’s heart with patriotism.
“The cost of one song was around Rs.0.5-0.7 million while they were recorded through high definition (HD) cameras,” Khattak told The Express Tribune.
The Provincial Information Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai said that the reasons behind shooting the songs in the merged districts was to showcase how peace has prevailed across the country and development phases are underway.
Talking about the album, Khattak revealed that it has 12 songs of which 7 would be released on Independence Day while the remaining would be released in October.
Addressing a press conference, Yousafzai said that the soldiers have rendered matchless scarifies for establishing peace in the merged districts for which they have been paid a tribute through these songs.
He went on say that musical expression remains in the memories of people for years to come. According to Yousufzai, artists and arts, in every part of the world should stand shoulder to shoulder with their people. National songs and anthems enhance patriotic feelings in one’s heart.
“We are proud to have more literate and qualified musicians in the province. Through this album we aim to bring a positive image of our country in the international arena.” Yousafzai said.
He also said that the federal and provincial government had allocated a handsome amount for the development of the merged districts to bring them on the same level as other parts of KP through education and development.
Commenting on the album, singer Sana Tajik said, “The songs would highlight the sacrifices of the armed forces, in hopes to be appreciated by the listeners.”
Speaking on the occasion, renowned Pashto singer, Hamayoon Khan said that five million rupees had been allocated for the project while half a million rupees were spent on shooting a single song which shows the quality of production.
Edited by Haddiqua Siddiqui
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