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The term Folk music came from England, where they took the German word “volk”, meaning people, it is generally considered to be an expression of life in the communities in which the music was developed and its a great help to historians in discovering the way of life of a people. Through the 30s and the 40s Folk music continued to rise in popularity. In the 60s, the term “protest music” became popular, in which Folk music singers sang against the ideals of capitalism and the war in Vietnam, but if we look at the history of Folk music of Pakistan that includes the traditional forms of Balochi, Pashto, Punjabi, and Sindhi. Pakistani folk songs include "Abeeti" (a love song sung by young women), "Allah Hoo" (a Muslim lullaby) and "Ashoor Jan" (a patriotic love song). Badala (or Sandara) is a historically significant form of Pashto folk music that focuses on local romance, epics, folktales, fables, local heroes and historical events. Badala also includes Pashto translations of epics and romance from Arabic and Persian. There are many talented names who are living this music genre. The popular giants of folk Music are,

 Pathanay Khan

Was a great Seraiki folk singer from Pakistan. He sang mostly kafis  or Ghazals, which were largely based on the Sufi poetry of Khwaja Ghulam Farid and Shah Hussain. He was born in 1926 in the village Basti Tambu Wali, situated in the heart of the Thal Desert, several miles from Kot Addu (Punjab). He was given the President’s Pride of Performance Award by Government of Pakistan. His famous kalam is:

Meda Ishq Vi Too Meda Yaar Vi Too

Meda Deen Vi Too Eeman Vi Too

Meda Jism Vi Too Meda Rooh Vi Too

Meda Qalb Vi Too Jind Jaan Vi Too

Meda Kaba Qibla Masjid Mimbar

Mushaf Te Quran Vi Too

Mede Farz Fareezay, Hajj, Zakataan

Soum Salaat Azaan Vi Too

Medi Zohd Ibadat Ta'at Taqwa

Ilm Vi Too Irfan Vi Too!

Inayat Hussain Bhatti


Inayat Hussain Bhatti (1928-1999) was a multidimensional icon of Pakistan. His body of work includes contributions as a singer, actor, producer, director, script writer, social worker, columnist, religious scholar and a protagonist of the development of Punjabi language and literature. As a religious scholar he addressed Majalis of Imam Hussain (A.S) all his life on fourth Muharram and ninth Muharram at Imam Bargah Havelli Sadaat Gujranwala Pakistan. His famous track is kalam Kalam of Khwaja Ghulam Farid.

kayia dassaan maan hussan tarrray diyaan shifftaian lakh karrorain

chann wich daag taay nazar aanday taan wich zarra no thorraan

mandhay mahi di toor anokhria aay javvian pahallaan pawaan morraan

pirr fareedaa maan dozak sarsain ja maan yaar walloon mukh morran


madha aishiq vi tuon emain vi tuu

madha jassim vi tu jind jaan vi tuu

Allan Fakir

Allan Fakir (1932 – 2000) or Alan Fakeer, a Pakistani folk singer, is considered one of the major artists of sindhi Sufi music in Pakistan. His style comprised mostly traditional Sindhi folk music and he gained popularity for bringing the Sufi poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai to wider audiences. He was particularly popular for extreme ecstatic style of Sufi dancing along with his singing; with facial expressions to amuse the audience. He was given the President’s Pride of Performance Award.his genre is ﺴﻨﺪﻫﻰ Sindhi Sufiana & Arfana Kalam and his famous kalam is:

Tere ishq mein jo bhi doob gaya usay dunya ki lahroon say darna kya !!

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