Financial compensation sought for deceased Pashto folk singer’s family

Sher Alam Shinwari

PESHAWAR: Senior musicians, folk vocalists and members of various organizations working for the welfare of artists have demanded of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa culture department to award a financial assistance to the poor parents of a young late folk artist, Shahryar Shaoor died of short breath complications on the Friday last.

Nusrat Shah, father of the late artist told this correspondent that his son was carrying symptoms of Covid-19 had self-isolated him at home for more than a month but unfortunately lost his battle to the fatal disease.

“I have spent every single penny as we had planned wedding of Shaoor soon after Eid but he suddenly fell down unconscious on Friday last due to short breath, chest infection and breathed his last. I am old and sick, having family of five to feed. I appeal to authorities to kindly help me out as I have no source and no to look after the family,” tabla player Mr Shah said with welled up eyes.

Senior music directors including Ustad Nazeer Gul, Master Ali Haider, AR Anwar and ghazal maestro Ustad Khial Mohammad have asked the KP culture directorate to extend financial compensation to the poor family members of the promising young artist died in mysterious circumstances on last Friday who unfortunately could not get even first medical aid owing to latter’s poor financial constraints.

Members of the Hunari Tolana Welfare Society, Da Hunar Warisan, Awaaz, Takhleeq International, and Cultural Journalists Forum (CJF) have sought a financial relief package for the poor parents of the rising folk singer who had garnered a widespread fame for his quality contribution to Pashto folk music whose fans following had exceeded more than a million on social media.

Noted musician, Master Ali Haider while sharing his views told that the death news of Mr Shahryar Shaoor was shocking for many as Pashto music suffered an irreparable loss, adding that the late young artist achieved great milestones in folk singing. “I strongly demand financial compensation and even a monthly stipend for the bereaved family because Mr Shaoor was the sole breadwinner of his family,” Mr Ali said.

Senior folk legend, Khial Mohammad regretted that the KP government was yet to announce a relief package for the jobless artists and many were on the verge of being starved and others were feared being sick with deadly disease with no medical assistance and the death of young folk artist Shahryar Shaoor should be an opener for the officials concerned. 

Ihtisham-ul-Haq, chief of the Cultural Journalists Forum in a statement issued here on Sunday said that financial compensation for the parents of the late folk vocalist was due right and should be immediately approved along with a monthly stipend Rs 20,000 besides burial expenses.

Czech-based folk singer, Haroon Bacha in his video message asked the KP culture department officials and philanthropists to help out the needy family of Mr Shaoor saying that the late artist had died of his vulnerable situations.

“I am greatly grieved over the untimely demise of Shahryar Shaoor he lost life to the pandemic and everybody knows that artists are quite vulnerable to the deadly disease among other segments of society and I make a strong appeal to the art-lovers, fans, government officials and the well-off even among the artists’ community though a few, to extend financial support to the parents of Mr Shaoor,” maintained Mr Bacha.

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