Naureen Aqueel

Healing notes

Posted on: July 7, 2008

Published in Newsline, July 2008.

Summ: Feel the beat!, a documentary by film-maker Sharji Baloch, screened at the FTC auditorium on June 7, is about nine-year-old Hassan who understands, enjoys and finds comfort in classical music at a young age despite being mentally challenged. Touching scenes, moving comments by Hassan’s parents, his grandfather/mentor in classical music, S.M. Shahid, sitar player Nafees Khan and background by Khalid Ahmed, all form part of this 30-minute film.

By outlining the gradual and difficult process of acceptance that confronts such families, Summ attempts to help families in similar predicaments by guiding them on how to deal with special children.The well-managed event was attended by prominent personalities such as Anwar Maqsood, Javed Jabbar, Kamal Ahmed Rizvi, Ghazi Salahuddin and Sirajuddin Aziz, some of whom were called on stage to share their thoughts on the film. Many in the audience suggested that this film be shown on television and at other forums in order for its inspiring message to reach a wider audience.

“The art of living is all about converting our misfortunes into opportunities,” remarked S.M Shahid, the love – and pivot – of Hassan’s life.

The film received a well-deserved round of applause.


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