Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Google Doodles Play Homage to ‘Uncle Sargam’

The Google Doodle on November 1st celebrated the 78th birthday of Farooq Qaiser, a renowned Pakistani puppeteer, artist, and writer who has left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of people in Pakistan. Farooq Qaiser, originally from Sialkot in Punjab, embarked on his journey into the world of puppetry during his Fine Art studies at the National College of Arts in Lahore. His talent for creating puppet shows led to the creation of the beloved children’s television series “Akka Bakkar” in 1971, marking the beginning of a remarkable career.

Farooq Qaiser’s passion for knowledge prompted him to pursue education abroad, earning a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Bucharest and a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Southern California. These experiences broadened his creative horizons.

In 1976, Qaiser introduced his own children’s show, “Kaliyan,” which gained widespread recognition when broadcast on Pakistan Television (PTV). Through a masterful combination of humor and satire, “Kaliyan” conveyed valuable life lessons, with the character of Uncle Sargam resonating with audiences of all ages.

Farooq Qaiser received numerous accolades for his substantial contributions to Pakistan’s television landscape, including the prestigious Presidential Pride of Performance award in 1993, the title of “Master Puppeteer” from UNICEF in 1997, and the PTV Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. His work has not only entertained generations but also imparted important values and life lessons, making him a beloved figure in Pakistan’s cultural and educational history. Farooq Qaiser’s Google Doodle tribute rightfully honors his enduring legacy and the impact he has had on the lives of both children and adults in Pakistan.

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