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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Qaisar Qalander remembered

Glowing tributes were  paid to prominent broadcaster, writer and former Deputy Director General All India Radio, Syed Qaisar Qalander on his death anniversary.
Radio Kashmir Srinagar had hosted a special program in his memory. Prof Rehman Rahi presided over the event while Member Parliament Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
A large number of people from various sections of the society including Qalander’s children Syed Humayoun Qaisar, Syed Parvaiz Qaisar and Neelofer Qaisar were also present on the occasion.

Remembering Father, Dear Father

SYED HUMAYUN QAISER
  
Today after so many years without him I bare some facts about the man you knew as a poet, a broadcaster, an intellectual, an orator, a musicologist, a composer, an officer, an acquaintance, a friend, a well wisher et al.
Qaisar Sahab had a strong overwhelming tendency to be frank and his comments and reaction just happened – as if he had no control over them.......Another incident which father remembered was when as Deputy Director General of AIR, Delhi, he went to record the Prime Minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi. She had to record a message for the people of Maldives. Mrs Gandhi had the quality and humility of inquiring, while recording a message “Am I doing alright?” She repeated “Am I doing alright?” Here Qaisar Sahab interrupted and said “Madam, I think not”. He informed that Maldives had 70% Muslim population while PM was regularly quoting Hindu Mythology and this may not go very well with the Maldives. This comment received sharp reaction from PM’s staff but Mrs. Gandhi thanked Qaisar Sahab and requested for half-an-hour break. She came back and recorded a message directed towards majority populace of Maldives.

3 comments:

  1. janab Qaiser Qalandar was an institution in himself,an ace broadcaster,a gr8 urdu poet scholar and a music composer too,,and above all my first boss as DDG commercial.Qaiser has to his credit many most popular tunes in kashmiri and highly acclaimed book on musicology,,,,hamara sangeet,,,,,it is nice Radio kashmir remembered him and great of his family especially syed pervez and syrd humayun,,,,Allah Jannat mei jagah de,,,,,rafeeqmasoodi@tvpm

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  2. The courage and the sense of responsibility that Janab Qaiser Qalandar demonstrated before Mrs. Gandhi is rare and exemplary. For a true professional of mass media communication it is necessary to have the type of programme or broadcast sense of what content would be suitable in a particular situation and context as well as the judgement of the geographical and demographic viability of such content.The media persons of Radio and Doordarshan should be like him and must learn a lot from him . Hats off to Janab Qaiser Qalandar .

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  3. oh good one whosoever you are dear but see how we treat our elders of broadcasting.we dont know who is who and what has been their contribution in building as an INSTITUTION .our youngest officer is 55 years of age. Qaisar sahib no doubt has been a guiding force but with passage of time we have forgotten our leaders in broadcasting...

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