The Citizens Foundation’s ‘Obhartay Sitaray’ concludes on a high note.

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) organised the Finale of Obhartay Sitaray 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 the US Consul General Mr. Grace W. Shelton.

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, Arshad Mehmood, Afshan Ahmed and Salman Alvi.

Speaking on the occasion, TCF Chairman & Co-Founder, Mr. Ateed Riaz said, “TCF remains committed to the cause of education. At TCF, we believe that education has to be more holistic than just textbook studies. Obhartay Sitaray 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 Obhartay Sitaray 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.”

‘Obhartay Sitaray’ was 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. Biba Baseer, 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 Obhartay Sotaray 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 (individuals) at primary level are Tarab Nafees of The Hampton School (pop genre) and Nida Fatima of Beacon-house school (milli naghma genre). Runner-up voices at primary level are Muhammad Abdullah Khan of Beacon-house (pop genre) and Sani of Shah-Wilayat School (mili naghma genre).

The winning voices (individuals) at secondary level are Sakina Haider of Beacon-house school (pop genre) and Ali Abbas of Beacon-house school (milli naghma genre). Runners up voices at secondary level are Mujtaba Mehdi of Beacon-house school (pop genre) and Rejjah Zabir of St. Joseph’s school (mili naghma genre).

At college level there were three genres ghazzal, milli nagma genre and pop genre and for ghazzal genre winner was Khillat Zehra of Nixor college (ghazzal genre) and runner up being Aisha Ijlal of The Lyceum (ghazzal genre). For milli nagma genre winner was Natasha Rasool of Nixor College (milli naghma genre) and runner up Bilal Hasan of Karachi Grammar School (milli naghma genre). For pop genre winner was Zuha Adnan of Nixor college (pop genre) and runner up being Maria Malick of Karachi Grammar School (pop genre).

The winning teams at primary level are Beacon-house School (Jauhar Campus) and runner-up team at Primary Level is Beacon-house School (North Nazimabad Campus).

At Secondary Level winner team is Happy Home School (Society Campus) and runner-up team is Saint Joseph’s Convent School.


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