Coke Studio Pakistan 11 has released a new promo built around Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s legendary poem ‘Hum Dekhenge’.
It features a musical rendition of the poem sung by the lineup of singers who will be appearing in the upcoming season. The theme of the promo is “One Nation, One Spirit, One Sound.” The trailer is being lauded online for featuring two transgender singers among a diversity of performers.
Along with well-known artists like Abida Parveen, Ali Azmat and Momina Mustehsan, the eleventh season of the long-running show is set to feature many folk and regional musicians as well. But what caught everyone’s attention in the promo is the inclusion of trans singers Naghma and Lucky.
Naghma and Lucky are seen mouthing the line “Khalq-e-Khuda… Jo main bhi hun aur tum bhi ho” (God’s creatures… which both of us are.)
It’s being seen as quite a statement from the curators of the show Zohaib Kazi and Ali Hamza for promoting inclusion and visibility of trangenders on a mainstream platform. This comes at a time when the trans community is seeing a lot of backlash from certain fractions of Pakistani society. Check out what social media is saying:
Not only has Coke studio introduced transgenders this season, they have carefully selected them to sing the khalq-e- khuda (Jo mai bhi hun aur tum bhi ho) line, sending a very clear message to a lot of us who treat them differently. pic.twitter.com/hOJkJNtEud— nma (@namaloomafraaad) July 22, 2018
Win win by coke studio.Amazing initiative by the coke studio to tell the sick heads that transgender are also part of our society & they have the equal right on everything the others have. This is my country, this is your country & it belongs to all of us. #PakistanZindabad 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/vXaIXx8Fe1— M Hassaan Tahir (@hassaan_tahir19) July 23, 2018
it's highly appreciative that a transgender singer will also be featuring in coke studio Pakistan. stereotypes should be broken. whether in India, Pakistan or any other country! let's just appreciate one's talent for what truly a person is capable of!— shru. (@_shruti_singh_) July 22, 2018
It’s also being noted that the lineup features Chistian and Hindu Pakistanis as well, sending a powerful message.
Hum dekhenge Coke studio pakistan promo— warowais (@warowais) July 23, 2018
so many diversities this season, Muslims, Christians, hindu, transgender, old, young this is sprit Pakistan needs. the sprit of inclusion and tolerance https://t.co/xfLKEQks81