Well known Pakistani singer and song-writer Hadiqa Kiani paid tribute to Dirilis Ertugrul with her modernized version of Turkish song “Sen Aglama,” originally sung by Sezen Aksu.
Going back to 2005, Hadiqa sang this mellifluous masterpiece at Atatürk Cultural Center Opera House in Istanbul, during her tour to the beautiful city of Turkey. It was not the first time she performed internationally, Hadiqa is one of the most successful singer of Pakistan, and has performed on different international platforms including Sam Houston Race Park -Houston, Mets Shea Stadium New York, Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Dead Sea in Jordan, Royal Albert Hall in London and much more.
When talking about her 2005 performance, the “hona tha pyaar” singer stated:
“It was one of the most meaningful performances in my career and one of my favorite songs but after the performance, the song was placed at the back of my music library, that is, until Ertuğrul came into all of our lives.”
After unconditional praise and love of Pakistanis for Turkish series, the 2006 tamgha-e-imtiaz reciepent, Kiani decided to pay tribute to the Turkish popular hit in her own style.
On 19th June,2020 she released the updated version of “Sen Aglama” on her youtube channel “Hadiqa Kiani Official”, comprising a video with short clips from the TV screen’s super hit Turkish Series “Dirilis ertugrul.”
After releasing the song, the singer took it to her twitter and tweeted:
“In 2005, I had the honour of singing the Turkish song #SenAğlama at the AKM Opera House. Today, I have remastered that song as a tribute to @TRTErtugrulPTV series, #SezenAksu, and to the people of Turkey. May our love and bond be forever strong.”
Hadiqa’s tribute to Ertugrul Ghazi has won the internet and has been shared on different social sites. With her remastered version of Turkish song, Hadiqa Kiani paid tribute to Dirilis Ertugrul as well as promoted love and brotherhood between the two Islamic nations, Turkey and Pakistan, as mentioned in her tweet.
Sharing positive response that she has been receiving by Turkish people, the singer said:
“I have been sent so many videos of Turkish people reacting to my rendition and sending so much love and it is just so beautiful”
Dirilis Ertugrul or Ertugrul Ghazi, became a sensation in Pakistan because of its basis on Islamic history. Within a couple of months, this series won hearts of majority Pakistani population, including the notable figures of showbiz. Hadiqa Kiani, caught up in the wave of affection for Ertugrul Ghazi, appreciated the series and stated:
“Ertuğrul offers a stunning look into the history of our people in an incredibly interesting way; it should be an inspiration to everyone.”