Alam Lohar Death Anniversary: The 40th death anniversary of renowned Punjabi folk singer Alam Lohar was observed across Pakistan and Punjab today. Special programs were organized to pay tribute to the legendary folk singer and creator of ‘jugni’.
Alam Lohar who passed away in a car crash in 1979, began his musical journey at 13 when he released his first music album. From singing at traditional festivals in far-flung villages of the country. He managed to spread his influence in the UK, US, Canada, Germany and India. It didn’t take long for Alam to become a household name on the then-popular folk music scene. Alam Lohar was the winner of countless awards and he was much-covetedPride of Performance award as well.
The renowned Punjabi folk singer was considered to be one of the pioneers of singing jugni songs in south Asia. The deceased specialized in jugni and was at the peak of his career when he passed away. He earned a lot of fame around the world and earned himself a global reputation at a time when TV and media were not so prominent.
He started his career by reciting the poetry of famous Sufi saints including Heer Waris Shah, Saiful Malook and Bulleh Shah. “Alam Lohar was no doubt a big name and his style of singing was beautiful. But, one of his tracks that won so many hearts is Heer Waris Shah. It is beautiful. He sang it in 35 different styles. Besides this, he was an expert at singing Mirza Sahiban, Sassi De Pedaish and Punjabi Wars,” elucidated singer Naseebo Lal.
What made his performances unique was the use of the chimta – an instrument that Arif often uses in his performances today. His songs that are still remembered include Bol Mitti Deya Baweya, and Dil Wala Dukhra.
Alam Lohar died in an accident near Sham ki Bhattian on 3 July 1979 when a heavily loaded truck collided with his vehicle.
The exclusive radio Pakistan interview with Alam Lohar that gives you a great insight into the legendary man.