He was an iconic legend unto himself, a master of satire, wit, humour and puppetry. He was a joy for millions of children as well as their parents and those who grew up in the seventies and eighties he touched the hearts of million
He created Uncle Sargam which was first introduced in a television show for kids, Kaliyan, when it was broadcast on Pakistan Television (PTV) in 1976. His duo with another character on the show, Maasi Museebatay, achieved legendary status over the years fans.
Sadly all good things must come to an end and the man Farooq Qaiser aka Uncle Sargam is no more. He passed away on Friday at the age of 76 suffering a heart attack
Condolences have poured in from several noted personalities, including, the prime minister and the president of Pakistan.
Eulogising the man PNCA Director-General Dr Fozia Saeed said his death has saddened us all and the whole nation is in deep sorrow and grief.
"He was an iron man who fought all his life against injustice and inequality in society. He was deeply revered by all segments of society who wrote eloquently and spoke against evil characters and pointed out the weaknesses in our social life."
His incomparable, remarkable, undeniable and universal characters Uncle Sargam and Masi Mussebat were a medium to teach people the values of life, she added. "The unforgettable Farooq Qaisar will live on through his writings and acting."
He has international recognition for his contribution to the art world, she said. "He joined PNCA’s national puppet theatre on the special request of Dr Saeed and remained associated with PNCA’s puppet team providing guidance in promoting puppetry art despite his deteriorating health and amidst the Covid-19 pandemic."
Recently the government awarded him Nishaan-E-Imtiaz on the recommendation of the PNCA, she said.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2021.