Bazm E Tariq Aziz
Bazm-e-Tariq Aziz (formerly Neelam Ghar and Tariq Aziz Show) is a quiz-format game show hosted by Tariq Aziz on PTV which started in 1975 and lasted for many years. It was renamed as Tariq Aziz Show in 1997 and in 2006 took the name Bazm E Tariq Aziz. The show celebrated its fortieth anniversary in October 2010. In February 2012, it celebrated its 300th episode. It is the oldest television show in Pakistan. With only a few interruptions, it has continuously run for the last 35 years on PTV and it has been hosted by Tariq Aziz since its first day.
Neelam Ghar was the first television show in South Asia to have mass audience participation, commercial sponsorships for specific questions or question rounds, and extravagant prizes. Major corporations like Hitachi were prominent sponsors of the show.
Tariq Aziz has a unique speaking style. He belongs to Sahiwal but now he lives in Lahore. "He is probably the most recognised PTV personality in Pakistan.” said former director of public relations and former press attaché to Bangladesh, Mohammed Hussain Malik. "His show in Bangladesh was a complete success. Bengalis who did not know any Urdu watched his show. He did four shows and all were completely sold out."
Aarif Rana was the creator and the first producer of Neelam Ghar. It is organised by Pakistan Television Corporation in Hall no. 2, Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore. Other Producers include Hafeez Tahir, Ayub Khawar, Syed Zahid Uzair, Farrukh Bashir, Agha Zulfiqar Farrukh, Agha Qaisar, Tajdar Aadil.
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