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Music Keeps Body And Soul Together Of Farah Essa



Pakistani music, which got stagnant in last decade due to some reasons, has started to revive on its past trends now as many new music competitions and sessions are on horizon to promote new and fresh art.  In this vibrant scene, one name is Dr Farah Essa, who has adamant determination to produce more mature music. She recently has released two of her original songs, Maula and Kaisey Guzaron, both available on her official facebook page Patari also, are making waves on social media and being praised in music circle as well.

The feel of her both the songs resonates to the sounds of our bygone golden era of 60s and 70s touching the notes of filmy, folk and classical ghazal music. The Maula, penned by the subcontinent sufi poet of 19th century Khwaja Ghulam Farid has all the essence of spirituality while Kaisey Guzarin from Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, a classical maestro of musical gharna of UP, is an innocent pure love ballad with touch of Amir Khusro like poetry.

Farah is releasing her singles under the album titled, ‘Azm-e-Safar’ meaning ‘Ready To Go’. The album has eight songs in it, which she aims to release online one by one.

Her next numbers are consisted of some old kalaams, some original one with light romantic composition, while some of them are cover versions of old folks.

Farah would also sing pop and other genres in future but right now she wants to make a stand apart from others to make her distinct identity. For this, her primary emphasize is on Impactful poetry which really touches her heart.

 “I want to sing our great late Urdu poets because I strongly feel that we are forgetting the sweetness and beauty of this language. I also want to revive the ghazal gaiki, which has been a very popular genre of our music in past, is fading away with time. I love spiritual poetry as well, little bit inclined towards Sufism.”

Farah believes that music is something which you learn all your life. She admits that her voice is not for typical ‘thaith’ classical but more suitable for semi classical music. It appeases to her senses as well.

“I think the semi classic touch is also admired by young generation especially when it is fused with some other genre. So, fusion is something I am actually looking for. I love to compose a song in pop composition in which sarangi is also present, but a complete pop composition is not my cup of tea, although I also listen to pop music.

In future, she aims to perform in public very selectively.

A radiologist by profession and born into a hard-core family of doctors and physicians (daughter of a doctor parents and the only sister of four brothers, each working in the field of medicine), Farah could not think of going into any field but medicine but at the same time her love of singing also bloomed. She thinks singing is in her blood from her paternal side as her father, a renowned name in the field of medicine, late Dr Essa Muhammad Abdullah was profound in music and used to sing ghazals in his own compositions. Farah has an inheritance of notable literary personalities and educationist from her maternal side. The renowned writer Quratulain Haider was her grandmother and Amina Syed is her aunt. She thinks it is in her genes to love Urdu and feels responsibility to keep the legacy by promoting and respecting the language and may be because of this fact, she chose the old school of poetry for her music.

Farah tells that her parents caught her singing when she was a toddler and when only eight, picked up by Sohail Rana and travelled along with his troop to perform. At the same time, she also got free tuition from veteran Nisar Bazmi in reward of winning a singing competition. He taught her roots of music by training her in typical filmy songs of Madam Noor Jahan. She considers him as the one who modulate her voice at very early age. Her teacher in classical singing is Ustad Taufiq Ahmed Khan Niazi, from whom she is learning music since the age of 15.

When entered into ninth grade, she left the music training and performances and focussed just on her studies to become a doctor.

Farah resumed singing when she went to Toronto for her post-graduation in 2000, and later settled there. She represented Pakistan on various occasions and also won awards. She moved to Saudi Arabia in 2012 and did her first solo show there at Pakistani Embassy in 2016, where she sang from Madam Noor Jahan to Abida Perveen to Quratulain Baloch.

She has decided to take singing as her second profession and calls medicine field her bread and singing her butter.  

Moving back to Pakistan in 2017 when her father got ill, Farah now continues practicing as chief radiologist in her family business Dr Essa Laboratory & Diagnostic Centre, and at the same time, doing music as well. 

“Music is my passion. I am divided in two halves one is of a medical practitioner and other is a musician. I am a physician by the day and singer by the night.”

Also a caring mother of two kids, Farah’s family and her husband support her all the way. She believes that when your family is standing at your back, nothing can stop you from going further.

Her main inspirations in music are Madam Noor Jahan, Abida Perveen, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lata Mageshkar and Jagjit Singh. In newer lot, Richa Sharma and Shriya Ghoshal are her favourite.

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Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability



An awareness seminar to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis was conducted at the Governor house Punjab, with joint collaboration of Arthritis Care Foundation and Scotmann Pharmaceuticals here in Lahore on Sunday 21 November.

The seminar was chaired by the honorable Governor of Punjab Chaudry Muhammad Sarwar, with awareness sessions conducted by chairperson Arthritis Care Foundation, Prof. Nighat Mir Ahmed, Co-chairperson Prof. Sumaira Farman Raja, and Co-chairperson and General Secretary, Prof. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, and Dr. Saira E. A. Khan.

According to research done by the Arthritis Care Foundation with funding by World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 4th person is suffering from some kind of inflammatory joint disease.  If not diagnosed early, these conditions can result in long-term disability, like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. State of the art department of Rheumatology with international standards and equipment has been initiated at the Central Park Teaching Hospital, served by highly skilled and qualified specialists and staff. Central Park Teaching Hospital also provides free treatment services for deserving patients with the support of the Arthritis Care Foundation.


The seminar highlighted the role of Vitamin D, diet, and exercise for healthy bones and joints, arthritis in children, young and elderly, and the common causes of back pain.

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Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day



This Children’s Day, Peng Salon & Spa, one of the leading hair & skin clinics in Karachi came up with a thoughtful initiative for children suffering from cancer. They invited these young cancer warriors from Indus Hospital for a Spa Day at the salon to mark Children’s Day celebrations. The children were treated with professional salon & spa services for a relaxing & refreshing experience.



Kaneez Fiza & Nafisa Dawood, Incharge at the Psychosocial department at Indus Hospital, who accompanied the children stated that the children were happy and it was an amazing experience for the children as well as their team at the Peng Salon. According to Kaneez, it was the first time for the children that they had visited a salon and they loved every bit of it and were overjoyed with the experience.

These children, fighting their battle against Cancer, are dreamers – full of innocence, hope and happiness. These little angels enjoyed the services of their choice at the salon and they were all smiles with the kind of pampering they were provided with. Services such as Haircut, hair styling, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc. were provided that made their day extra special.


After going through months of grueling treatment, giving these brave warriors such a day was a thoughtful initiative by Peng Salon. Arranging a Spa Day on Children’s Day for these young children to give them moments of joy and happiness was a wonderful idea by the team. Their aim to make these children feel valued, loved and special while helping them make cherishing memories.

Children were overwhelmed with the services they were provided and were all smiles as they left for the hospital again. Thumbs up to Peng Salon for initiating such a thoughtful activity to celebrate Children’s Day!

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5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq



Canadian Pakistani CEO and motivational speaker Muneeb Mushtaq has given us many insightful and empowering thoughts over the years on the basis of his experiences as a young and dynamic businessman. The tech tycoon has been the founder of three tech business ventures and has managed to achieve so much at such a young age. And, he has given back his learning and knowledge by motivating, educating, and mentoring people to be successful in life.

Here are some motivational thoughts by the Forbes awarded entrepreneur Muneeb Mushtaq to get you motivated and beat the Monday blues:


  1. Get rid of the useless and negative clutter in your life


Muneeb Mushtaq suggests that it is important to subtract some of the unnecessary things from life to realise how insignificant they are. He advises us to get away from the insignificant and negative clutter in order to see an immediate positive impact. Worrying about what others think of us, trying to please everyone are some of the unimportant things we need to remove as soon as possible. According to him “When you remove what’s negative, it’ll add more space for what’s POSITIVE”!


  1. Don’t wait, just take the first step


The successful entrepreneur recommends us not to wait for other people or for the perfect moment to do what you have always wanted to do. There will never be a perfect time, situation or circumstances that would make you start working on your dreams. He advises us to just take the first step and get started.


  1. Failure is the opportunity to start over again, more wisely


The dynamic businessman is also of the view that failure provides an invaluable experience that makes it more likely to get success the next time around. He explains: “Till the time you don’t give up, the failures are just learning experiences, helping you to eventually succeed.”


  1. Respect the competition


Muneeb Mushtaq also shares this motivational thought that competition should be embraced and should be used as a driving force to push you further rather than fearing it. Competition is also a validation that there is a massive market and opportunity in the space to grow further.


  1. Change is important

Another motivating thought from Muneeb Mushtaq is that if you want change in life, then you should also be willing to change. He says, “If you are not willing to change, don’t expect your life to either”.

Follow Muneeb Mushtaq on Instagram @MuneebMushtaq for regular motivational posts.


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