Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 78th birthday of Pakistani puppeteer Farooq Qaiser. Qaiser is known for his innovative and groundbreaking work in puppetry. His influence can be seen in the work of puppeteers around the world.
Today, Google Doodle is adorned with a special tribute to Farooq Qaiser. The iconic Pakistani puppeteer, renowned for bringing Uncle Sargam to life. This beloved puppeteer was born in Punjab’s Sialkot region in 1945. He was not only a master of his craft but also a celebrated artist, writer, and voice actor.
The captivating artwork showcased on Google’s Doodle features Uncle Sargam and his trusty sidekick, Masi Museebtay, hailed as Pakistan’s dynamic puppet duo. The dynamic duo has charmed audiences of all ages, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of many.
Glimpse Into The Remarkable Journey Of Farooq Qaiser
- Qaiser’s enchantment with puppetry began during his Fine Art studies at the National College of Arts in Lahore. It wasn’t long before he was invited to contribute as a show writer and puppet maker for the beloved children’s television series ‘Akka Bakkar’ (1971).
- Armed with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Bucharest. With a master’s in mass communications from the University of Southern California, Qaiser’s educational journey expanded his artistic repertoire.
- In 1976, he embarked on creating his own children’s show, paving the way for a broadcasting opportunity on Pakistani Television (PTV). ‘Kaliyan,’ meaning ‘flower bud,’ soon became a household favorite across the nation. Thanks to its blend of humor, satire, and invaluable life lessons.
- Uncle Sargam, the charismatic lead character, captured the hearts of not only youngsters but also parents who eagerly joined in on the viewing experience.
- Qaiser’s contributions to education and entertainment through television have earned him well-deserved recognition.
- His illustrious career is studded with honors, including the Presidential Pride of Performance in 1993. The esteemed title of “Master Puppeteer” from UNICEF in 1997, and the prestigious PTV Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
- Beyond the realm of puppetry, Qaiser wore many hats, working as a cartoonist and columnist for the Urdu newspaper Daily Nai Baat. While also sharing his knowledge at Rawalpindi’s Fatima Jinnah Women’s University. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in founding the Pakistani branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA). Where he served as vice president for an extended period.
However, Farooq Qaiser’s legacy is not just a testament to his artistic prowess. But also a reminder of the profound impact one person can have on the world of entertainment and education.
Happy 78th Birthday, Farooq Qaiser!