Benjamin Sisters

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The Benjamin Sisters (Urdu: بنجمن سسٹرز) were a Pakistani singing group of three sisters, Nerissa, Beena and Shabana Benjamin. Usually there were choruses-singing together in appearances on Pakistan Television in the late 1970s and early 1980s, they achieved immense popularity in both Pakistan and neighboring regions of North India in what began to be referred to as the Benjamin Sisters Phenomenon.[1]

Repertoire and singing style[edit]

The Benjamin Sisters first participated in various music learning programs aired on Pakistan Television from 1968 to 1987. These programs were conducted by Sohail Rana; a prominent music director of Pakistan, and they were aimed at educating children about music.[2] The sisters usually sang Punjabi and Urdu songs, and tended to initially provide new renderings of songs sung by other artists as opposed to developing their own material. This was partially because the sisters initially appeared in the TV talk show Silver Jubilee (1983), where old artistes were often the invited guests whose songs the sisters would perform as a mark of honor.[1] The three sang in a synchronized way, in a "single voice."[3] The sisters later achieved further fame after the release of the patriotic national songs of Pakistan, such as the Is parcham kay saye tale, hum ek hai, Ay roohe quaid aaj ke din ham tujhe sey wada kartey hain, Khayal rakhna khayal rakhna etc. which they sang during 1980s.

Family background[edit]

The Benjamin Sisters are from a Pakistani Christian family.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Benjamin Sisters: Silver Jubilee". All Things Pakistan. Retrieved 2008-06-27. "... the 1980s talk-show Silver Jubilee ... is memorable is because it launched the Benjamin Sisters phenomenon. This earnest trio was essentially brought in to simply re-render the great songs related to whoever was the guest that week. Over time, it was not just the songs but the Benjamin Sisters themselves who became the sensation ..." 
  2. ^ "Sohail Rana: The Unmatched Music Maestro". Dawn. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  3. ^ "Anwar Maqsood: Missing his touch". Dawn. Retrieved 2009-06-27. "... we got to listen to the Benjamin sisters who came with a bang. They sang in one voice, so to speak. And they re-recorded quite a few oldies too ..." 
  4. ^ Maneesha Tikekar (2004). Across the Wagah: an Indian's sojourn in Pakistan. Bibliophile South Asia. ISBN 81-85002-34-7. "... Benjamin Sisters and Irene Parveen, reputed singers, are all Christians ..."