Folk singer Alam Lohar remembered


A big name in Pakistan’s folk music for his unique style of singing, Alam Lohar was remembered on his death anniversary on Tuesday. Alam Lohar was born in the small village of Aach Goach in Gujrat District in Punjab in a family of blacksmiths. Alam Lohar developed a new style of singing – Punjabi Vaar – an epic or folk tale. He is famous for his rendition of Waris Shah’s Heer, which he had memorised in 36 styles and forms. He recorded his first album at the age of 13 and outsold all other singers in Pakistan in the 1970s. It was the Queen’s Jubilee event in the UK during a singing competition between all Commonwealth countries that Alam Lohar won the award for his best performance and was awarded with a gold medal for his unique and melodious voice. In many rural villages the local traditional people have called him ‘Sher-e-Punjab’ or ‘Heerah’ meaning diamond. His famous compositions are Dharti Panj Daryavan Di, Saiful Malook, Jugni, Mirza, Qissa Sohni Mahiwal, Sassi Pannu. Alam Lohar died in an accident near Sham Ki Bhaitiyan on July 3, 1979. He was awarded with the Pride of Performance award in 1979 by General Zia-ul-Haq. He also received numerous other awards in his life.

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