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Words from across the border

Mehakdeep Grewal , Hindustan Times   March 30, 2013
First Published: 09:53 IST(30/3/2013) | Last Updated: 09:54 IST(30/3/2013)

At the age of 52, this lyricist and writer from Lahore has more than 40,000 songs to his credit. And not just any songs; he has written lyrics for the likes of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Attaullah Essa Khailvi, Sonu Nigam, Sardool Sikander and Malkit Singh, among others.

Pakistani artiste SM Sadiq, who has five books to his credit, shares his journey that led to the discovery of his penchant for writing.

“The subject of English was introduced in our curriculum on entering Class 5. I could not cope with it, which in turn invited my teacher’s fury. Fed up, I decided to quit studies; So, I packed my bags and left for Nusrat Fateh Ali’s house, which at the time was in the same locality as mine. I told him I wanted to write. He told me I had talent and that I should pursue my interest. I was 14 when I first wrote for him. The song was, however, released 10 years later. Since I hailed from a business family, my parents did not approve of my career choice and were convinced that I could even earn a single meal with writing,” shares Sadiq.

The lyricists, who excels in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi writing, has no formal training or background in music. Today, he stands tall as the proud composer of over 15,000 tunes.

He shares, “I spent almost 20 years with Nusrat Fateh Ali, just observing him, I learnt by writing; the more I write, the more I learn. I had written 22 songs for Daler Mehndi in one hour for his album, Tumba, a year ago.”

His hit list of songs include Acha Sila Diya Tune Mere Pyar Ka, Kehrre Ghar Jawan, Menu Yaar Di Namaz, Akhiyaan Ch Paani, besides songs from the Punjabi movie, Mel Karade Rabba.

About his association with the music industry, he shares, “The Arif Lohar Coke Studio episode was shot in my studio, SM Gold Studio, in Lahore; so was Bally Sagoo’s Dil Cheez Hai Kya. The entertainment industry in Pakistan, however, is not growing. Families do not go out to watch movies there. They prefer sitting at home and watching Indian soaps, which are very famous across the border. As a result, we have only a handful of cinema halls.”

Sadiq is presently working on an untitled album on Guru Ravidas, besides the songs and dialogues of Punjabi movie, Ambri.

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