I don’t want my younger generation to be associated with music and art: Zawar Ali Alias Santosh

Rifaqat Ullah Razarwal

As the Corona epidemic strikes the world, there is no section of life that has not been affected. Over time, the length of the epidemic has affected every section of the population and people are forced to worry about the future.  In such a situation, people already involved in the art of music seem to be more financially and economically affected, and some artists involved in the art have decided not to pass on their art to future generations.

Fazal Amin, a newly elected General Secretary of Hunari Tolana District Charsadda (Musicians and Singers’ Association) for the Rights and Welfare of Artists, said that it is the responsibility of the government to preserve and promote culture and language. Yes, but with the government, this raft has also been taken up by the artists, but the government has not done anything for the artists.

Fazal Amin told while an interview that after the 9/11 incident, the first artiste class fell victim to terrorism and some of the musicians of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa burnt their instruments and started receiving death threats. Most of the artists called the art Khairbad.

Fazal Amin Charsada based musician


Fazal expressed that the financial difficulties of the artisans increased so much that they could no longer afford bread and treatment.

Zawar Ali alias Santosh, a leading singer has been suffering from kidney disease for the past three years, added that he has served art and Pashto language for almost 26 years. He says that he continued to treat his illness with loans and charitable donations.

Zawar Ali alias Santosh leading singer from KP

Santosh expressed in a tearful manner that when the artist becomes weak and there is no one to help him, the person becomes internally broken and frustrated. “Looking at my helplessness, I don’t want my younger generation has to be associated with music and art”.

He spoke after organizing a musicians’ and vocal troupe at Charsadda on Wednesday night at Darya e Khayali, in which President Farhad Khan and General Secretary Fazal Amin were elected unopposed, while other members of the cabinet included Senior Vice President Munir, Deputy General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed, Finance Secretary Shah Faisal, Press Secretary Rehman Khan and Liaison Secretary Fazal Khaliq.

Fazal Wahab Dard, the provincial general secretary of Hunari Tolana Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a well-known bajanwaz, was took the oath from the newly elected cabinet.

Fazal Wahab Dard provincial general secretary of Hunari Tolana KP

He rejected the allocated amount 10 million rupees for musician and singer’s development in the provincial budget. He said that in the financial year 2020-21, the federal government has set aside only Rs 250 million for the welfare for overall proffession of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, of which allocation Rs 10 million for singers and musicians is a fun.
The provincial General Secretary of the Hunari Tolana explained that in the world of showbiz, some people use the intelligence and creativity of musicians for their financial purposes.
Fazal Wahab Dard says that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s artists create and present singing and music in a new way, the whole reward of which goes to the owners of TV, radio or other mediums instead of the artist. He said the provincial Cabinet will also ask copyrights created by musicians and singers in the next meeting with the Minister of Sports and Culture.

District General Secretary Fazal Amin, while questioning the lockdown or smart lockdown caused by the corona virus, said that musicians never want the corona epidemic to spread in the country but the artisans have cooperated the most with the government. Despite all the problems, the activities ended, but when the public is allowed to roam in the bazaars, mosques, markets and parks, why do the administration impose restrictions on the artist? It is said that if this is not addressed immediately, the already affected people of the community will be plunged into the darkness of further poverty.

Zawar Ali Santosh, who went through a period of illness, also expressed displeasure with the government and also his community, saying that even his own community did not inquire about his condition of illness.

He said, four months ago, Sultan Mohammad, the provincial law minister, visited him at the hospital when asked if he had announced any help for you. So he answered this question in the negative and said that he just prayed.

On the issue of artisans, Provincial Minister for Sports and Culture Shaukat Yousafzai, while acknowledging the meager allocation fund for culture, admitted that less money has been set aside this time for the development of culture.

Culture Minister Yousafzai says that since the outbreak of the corona virus, it has affected all walks of life and the new development budget has cut funding from every sector to control the corona virus epidemic.

Yousafzai said that the government was paying full attention to take the artisans forward and for the same purpose this year the culture department would build Nishtarhals in other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including district Khyber, Momand, Bajaur and Swat.