Turkish historical series Diriliş: Ertuğrul continues to create waves in Pakistan, with fans tuning in to the watch the show in Urdu on PTV regularly.
Pakistan’s renowned singer and musician Hadiqa Kiani paid a rich tribute to the series and the people of Turkey by “remastering Turkish song Sen Ağlama“. Kiani had earlier sung it at the AKM Opera House in 2005. The Atatürk Cultural Center (Atatürk Kültür Merkezi in Turkish), better known as AKM, is a cultural centre in Istanbul.
In a statement, the singer’s team said: “The love between Turkey and Pakistan is unlike the love of any other country. Hadiqa Kiani’s maternal ancestors are from İzmir, Turkey and she has had an affinity for the country since her childhood.”
“As a child prodigy, Kiani represented Pakistan in the International Children’s Festival in Turkey and as an adult in 2005 she returned to the great country to once again represent Pakistan at the iconic Atatürk Cultural Center and Opera House,” it added. “The biggest surprise for the audience was said to be when Kiani sang Sen Ağlama (Turkish song of Living Legend Sezen Aksu) to a standing ovation from the audience. She told the audience that as Turkey stood beside Pakistan in good and bad times, she wanted to convey the love of Pakistani people for the Turks.”
The statement further read: “Now in 2020, a new milestone in the relationship between Pakistan and Turkey was cemented by the mammoth success of Ertuğrul in Pakistan and we thought of no better time to pay a public tribute to the people of Turkey by officially releasing Hadiqa’s original performance of Sen Ağlama.”
“This is the first time a Pakistani singer has sung in the Turkish language but it won’t be the last. The friendship between the two countries will continue to shine through music, art and love,” the statement concluded.
Kiani’s gesture was positively received, especially by the Turkish people.