KARACHI: One of the foremost greats in Sindhi folk music, Allan Fakir is being remembered on his death anniversary today (Wednesday).
Allan Fakir was born in 1932 in the ancient village of Aamari in Jamshoro District, taluka Manjhand, Sindh. Allan Fakir is a one of the foremost exponents of sufi music in Pakistan.
He is particularly known for his ecstatic style of performance marked with extreme devotional rhetoric and sufi dance singing. His songs, mostly in Sindhi language except a few in Urdu, usually revolve around sufism and the devotional philosophy.
One of his famous songs is a duet with Muhammad Ali Shehki, "Allah Allah kar bhaiya" which was a big hit and increased his popularity tremendously. A patriotic song "Itne bare jeewan saagar main" also got very popular.
Allan Fakir received the President's Pride of Performance award in 1980, the Shahbaz Award in 1987, the Shah Latif Award in 1992 and Kandhkot Award in 1993. Allan Fakir died on 4 July 2000. SAMAA