‘Obhartay Sitaray’ | The Citizens Foundation’s Event Concludes On a High Note

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KARACHI: The Citizens Foundation (TCF) organised the Finale of ‘ObhartaySitaray’ 2018, at a local hotel where contestants were school going children brimming with the passion for music and singing. ‘Obhartay Sitaray’ is an annual inter-school singing competition that provides students a platform to prove their passion for singing with the opportunity to raise funds for education of the less-privileged children of TCF. The Chief Guest of the event was Her Excellency Grace W. Shelton, Consul General of USA

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This year, more than 70,000 household from 120+ schools campuses in Karachi participated in the fundraising efforts while over 629 students (277 teams) competed in the school level singing rounds. For the Team’s Final, 88 voices in 32 teams from Primary, Secondary, Senior, & College levels participated in the competition where the judges were maestros like Tina Sani, ArshadMehmood, Afshan Ahmed and Salman Alvi.

Speaking on the occasion, TCF Chairman & Co-Founder, Mr. AteedRiaz said, “TCF remains committed to the cause of education. At TCF, we believe that education has to be more holistic than just textbook studies. ObhartaySitaray brings TCF children and private school children on the same platform and I think that is a true reflection of TCF’s mission of removing the barriers of class and privilege. It is heartening to see more supporters for ObhartaySitaray each year; this ever growing TCF family marks the victory of education over illiteracy and deprivation. I am delighted to see such young students perform difficult Pakistani songs with great poise. You see these bright children of private schools sharing stage with TCF children and you cannot help but see a brilliant future of our country.”

‘ObhartaySitaray’ initiated in 2012, has now become a signature event of TCF in the course of five years. It is managed by a ladies volunteer group called Supporters of The Citizens Foundation (STCF). The group actively puts in time, effort, expertise and resources to arrange a vast array of fundraising events to support the cause of an educated and enlightened Pakistan.

Commenting on the phenomenal response, Mrs. BibaBaseer, Project Lead for ‘Obhartay Sitaray’ said: “We are a generous and big hearted society; all people need is a direction and the assurance that their funds will be utilized in good faith. We are thankful to all the partnering schools and their students who not only participated actively but also collected funds for TCF. I feel ‘ObhartaySotaray’ has become a singing platform for the young and talented children of our country. They have the voices as well as the hearts of gold.”

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is a professionally managed, non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens who wanted to bring about positive social change through education. 21 years later, TCF is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of education for the less privileged. The TCF model focuses on providing quality education through purpose-built schools located in the heart of Pakistan’s urban slums and rural communities. The organization ensures that girls represent nearly 50% of overall student enrollment. 

The Winning Voices are:

Primary Level

 Winner: TarabNafees of The Hampton School (Pop genre) and Nida Fatima of Beaconhouse school (MiliNaghmaGenre)

 Runners Up: Muhd. Abdullah Khan of Beaconhouse (Pop Genre) and Sani of Shahwilayat school (MiliNaghmaGenre)

Secondary Level

 Winner: SakinaHaider of BeaconhouseSchool (pop genre) and Ali Abbas of Beaconhouse school (MiliNaghma Genre)

 Runners up: Mujtaba Mehdi of BeaconhouseSchool (Pop Genre) and RejjahZabir of St. Joseph’s school (MiliNaghma Genre)

College Level

  • Winner: KhillatZehra of Nixor college (Ghazal genre)
  • Runner up: Aisha Ijlal of The Lyceum (Ghazal genre)
  • Winner: Natasha Rasool of Nixor College (MiliNaghma Genre)
  • Runner up: Bilal Hasan of Karachi Grammar School (MiliNaghma Genre)
  • Winner: Zuha Adnan of Nixor college (Pop Genre)
  • Runner up: Maria Malick of Karachi Grammar School (Pop Genre)

The Winning Teams are:

Primary Level

  • Winner Team: Beaconhouse School (Jauhar Campus)
  • Runner-up Team: Beaconhouse School (N Nazimabad Campus)

Secondary Level

  • Winner Team: Happy Home School (Society Campus)
  • Runner-up Team: St. Joseph’s Convent School

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is a strong advocate of the belief that a truly informed and educated society forms the foundation of a progressive state and instills in its citizens the ability to adapt and evolve with changing times. It is a non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens who wanted to bring about positive social change through education.



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