Pashto singer Sitara Younis despite being a Punjabi speaking girl from the Christian community-scaled the heights of success and even outclassed some young Pashto singers owing to her inborn talent since her launch of a music career.
In a chat with this scribe on the eve of Christmas, she demanded of high-ups of the state-run radio and TV to launch a show titled ‘voice of minorities’ to encourage young talent, as no other forum was available to them.
Sitara Younas’s velvety voice stunned the audience when she sang a popular ghazal earlier rendered by Noor Jahan ‘Sada Hun Apne Piyar Ki’ way back in the early 90s on PBC, Peshawar radio show.
She said that around 35 to 40 artists and singers, 10 to 15 of them being women from minorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, couldn’t make it to radio or TV. She has recently released another popular Urdu song of Noor Jahan ‘Main Teray Sung Kaisay Chaloon Sajna’ on the occasion of Christmas to pay a tribute to the legendary singer.
Ms Younas has numerous hit Pashto songs to her credit. She is the recipient of many awards but her name has been dropped from nomination list twice for national awards. She lost the count of popular Pashto albums she has released during the last over more than a decade of her music career.
She has a large Pakhtun following in Afghanistan too. “I have declined offers many times from private Afghan TV channels due to my domestic problems. I know I have diehard fans there. My Pakhtun fans have always given me respect,” she said.