The 40th death anniversary of renowned Punjabi folk singer Alam Lohar is being observed today (July 3). The renowned Punjabi folk singer is considered to be one of the pioneers of singing jugni songs in south Asia.
He started his career by reciting the poetry of famous Sufi saints including Heer Waris Shah, Saiful Malook and Bulleh Shah. 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 because the truck failed to overtake his car.
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27 September, 2019