Sohrab Fakir: The Prominent Sufi Singer of Sindh, Pakistan

Sohrab Fakir was a notable Sindhi renowned Sufi-singer from Sindh. His full name is Sohrab Fakir Manganhar. He was born in the year of 1934 in Talpur wada near Khairpur Mir’s. His father, Hamal Fakir, was a disciple of Kush Khair Muhammad Fakir. He was also famous all over the world, he was king of Sufi-music in Sindh and was conceived as one of the greatest mystic singers of Pakistan. He was recipient of Pride of Performance Award (1999). Besides own country he also performed all over the world.

Early life and death

Suhrab Faqir was born in 1936 at Talpur wada village of Kot Diji town, district Khairpur in a musicians family which had shifted from Jaisalmeer of Indian subcontinent and he passed away due to kidney disease on the day of October 23, 2009 there at Talpur wada near Kot diji in October 23, 2009. Nowadays his younger son Salamat Suhrab Faqeer started singing on same tradition which he learnt from his Father and further information taking under the guidance of Ustad Shafi Faqeer.

Career of Sohrab Fakir

He started playing Tabla from the Ustad Khursheed Ali Khan and his singing career was started in the year of 1974, when he was asked by Ustad Manzoor Ali Khan to sing at the Urs celebration of Sakhi Allahyar near Tando Mohammad Khan. He was introduced to the Radio at the Radio Pakistan Khairpur by the renowned Sindhi writer Tanveer Abbasi, where he recorded two songs of Ghamdal Faqir among one of those Galyan Prem Nagar Diyan song earned him a name and fame throughout Sindh. He moved around the world to the Britain, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway and France where his artistry got highly appreciations. He sang with other singers as well such as Jamal Faqir.

Sohrab Fakir was identified as the greatest Sindhi folk singer in his style of music, playing the yaktaro (single stringed instrument) and chappar (wooden clappers). Sadly, a paralytic stroke had recently left Saaiin Sohrab voiceless. He spent some of his final days at a Sufi shrine in Sindh. Aptly perhaps, the Fakir’s rendering of a folk prayer asking for the intercession of the grace of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai is also included in this collection.

He started singing with his uncles at 8 years old. He went to Khan Sahab Khety Khan in Rohri for more musical education. He sang his first song at shrine of Kush Khair Muhammad, was Kadhy Kadam Kaya Khan Bahar Ker.

He initiated his career on Radio Pakistan, Khairpur with popular Raag (song) of Gamdil Fakir, Galiyan Prem Nagar Diyan, and he became famous everywhere in country. Soharab Fakir was given the Sachal Award for his achievements.

 

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