Renowned artist Farooq Qaiser, who became famous for his character “Uncle Sargam”, has died in Islamabad from a heart attack. He was 75 years old.
The news was confirmed at Express news by his grandson on Friday night. He was known as “Uncle Sargam” on the popular PTV show. Kaliyan.
Uncle Sargam was a household name for Pakistani children of the 80s and 90s with his prominent puppet show Kaliyan at this moment.
Condolences are pouring in
Prime Minister Imran Khan offered his condolences on the disappearance of a renowned artist and puppeteer. “He was not only an artist, but he was constantly raising awareness of injustices and social issues,” the prime minister said on Twitter in his condolence message.
Expressing his sadness at the death of Qaiser, the Prime Minister also conveyed his condolences and prayers to the bereaved family.
Saddened to hear of Farooq Qaiser’s passing. He was not only an artist, but he constantly made people aware of injustices and social issues. My condolences and prayers go out to his family.
– Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 14, 2021
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid also expressed sorrow over Qaisar’s disappearance. In his condolence message, he prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the soul of the deceased in eternal peace and to grant courage to the bereaved family members to endure this irreparable loss with strength and serenity.
The minister said Qaisar is a great writer, artist and designer.
“He was the king of social satire, comedy, puppetry and communication and his services would be remembered in journalism and media,” he added.
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– Dr Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) May 14, 2021
RIP Farooq Qaiser Sahib, A tribute from PM @ImranKhanPTI simply reaffirms the magnitude of the loss caused by the death of Farooq Qaiser, he relived the centuries-old craft of “PutliTamasha” and created the unforgettable character of #Uncle Sargam … will always be missed https://t.co/RPdVEHIu6i
– Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 14, 2021
It is with sadness that I learn of the passing of Farooq Qaiser, a legend and icon of our time. He was one of the generations who grew up watching his performances. He spread smiles through his work and his television services will be remembered for a long time. Rest in peace!!!
– Shehbaz Sharif (Ø§ÙÙØ¯Ø³ ÙÙ Ø§ÙØ¹ÙÙÙ) (@CMShehbaz) May 14, 2021
Extremely saddened to hear of the loss of our uncle Sargam! Legend Farooq Qaisar sab. He was an icon. He was in regular contact and always motivated me. We all have fond memories of our childhood from such a creative person. May ALLAH bless his soul. Ameen pic.twitter.com/XIn3cOBL4a
– Senator Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) May 14, 2021
An unknown genius. Developed a children’s puppet show on PTV in the 1970s that evolved into very satirical. He created some memorable characters, especially Uncle Sargam. One segment of the show was called “Science bari ya bhense,” which made fun of pseudoscience and quackery. TEAR. https://t.co/ggLnZflNU9
– Nadeem Farooq Paracha (@NadeemfParacha) May 14, 2021
What a loss for Pakistan – RIP Farooq Qaiser sahib and God bless you for all the joy and laughter that Uncle Sargam, Kaliyan and the rest of your characters (Raula, Masi Museebatay, etc.) have brought to so many between us pic.twitter.com/9wskV892eU
– omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) May 14, 2021
I am extremely shocked and saddened by the tragic news that my dear friend the legendary Farooq Qaiser bhai is no longerâ¦ I have known him for 40 years! We even worked together. What a huge talent and an incredible soul. Goodbye ‘Uncle Sargam’.
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– Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) May 14, 2021