Saturday, July 07, 2007

Why has PTV co-opted Talat Mahmood as a Pakistani?

The PTV website,, has an online library of songs by Pakistani singers, called Pakistani Evergreen Hits. Except that Talat Mahmood, who features on this list, is surely not Pakistani.

So what is going on? On what ingenious grounds have the worthy folk at PTV seen it fit to co-opt Talat Mehmood as a Pakistani? Is there something to the Talat story that we are missing, some mysterious connection which renders his hits Pakistani Evergreen Hits?

Any idea? I have emailed PTV in search of an explanation, and will let you know what they have to say.