Google celebrated the 78th birthday of Pakistan’s beloved puppeteer, Farooq Qaiser, renowned as “Uncle Sargam,” by featuring him in a special doodle. Farooq Qaiser, a graduate and gold medalist from Lahore’s National College of Arts, made an indelible mark on Pakistan’s cultural landscape with iconic puppet characters like “Uncle Sargam” and “Massi Museebtay” during the 80s and 90s.
He pioneered puppet shows in Pakistan, starting his career with the children’s puppet show Akkar Bakkar. His contributions also include popular shows like Kaliyan, Sargam Sargam, Daak Time, Sargam Time, Siyasi Kaliyan, and Sargam.
Farooq Qaiser shared in an interview with Geo News that his entry into the television industry was somewhat accidental. Salima Hashmi, daughter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and his teacher at NCA, offered him an opportunity in the television industry. He also expressed the need for music, fine arts, and acting academies to prepare the next generation for the industry’s future.
Farooq Qaiser highlighted the role of revered teachers from the past, who held a special stature in society. After an illustrious career spanning around five decades, the esteemed artist passed away on May 14, 2021, due to cardiac arrest.