Folk Singer Shaukat Ali Passed Away – Career and Recognition


Lahore: Folk Singer Shaukat Ali Passed Away. He was suffering from liver disease. He remained under treatment at CMH Lahore for 17 days.

As his condition worsened yesterday, Shaukat Ali was shifted to the intensive care unit and prayers were appealed to the fans. He also stayed in Karachi for ten days for dialysis.

Shaukat Ali was born into a family of artists in Malakwal, a town in District Gujrat (now falls in new District Mandi Bahauddin Punjab, Pakistan, Shaukat Ali began singing, while at college in the 1960s, receiving help from his elder brother Inayat Ali Khan. He was introduced into the Pakistani film world as a playback singer by the renowned film music director M Ashraf in the Punjabi film Tees Maar Khan (1963).

Since the late 1960s, he performed ghazals and Punjabi folk songs. As a folk singer, he was not only popular in Punjab, Pakistan but also in Punjab, India. Shaukat Ali also toured and performed overseas like UK, Canada and US.

Shaukat Ali was known for singing Sufi poetry with great vigor and a wide vocal range, for example Heer Waris Shah and Saif ul Maluk.

He gave a live performance at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, and His song “Kadi Te Hass Bol Vey” was used in the 2009 Indian movie Love Aaj Kal. He also released a track titled “Jagga”. Shaukat Ali has also given performances at the All Pakistan Music Conference events and also appears frequently on Pakistani television shows.

He is the father of Pakistani singers Imran Shaukat Ali, Ameer Shaukat Ali and Mohsin Shaukat Ali.

National Songs of Shaukat Ali

Shaukat Ali sung many popular national songs. In particular, his war song “ساتھیو، مجاہدو! جاگ اُٹھا ہے سارا وطن” still fills people’s bodies with enthusiasm and zeal.

Sathio Mujahido, Jaag Uthha Hai Sara Watan”

“Mein Puttar Pakistan Da”

“Apna Rasta Apni Manzal”

“Khudi ka Sirr-e-Nahan La Ilaha Illallah”

“Aey Ham Qadmo”

Awards and recognition

Shaukat Ali received the ‘Voice of Punjab’ award in 1976.

In July 2013, he was honored with the ‘Pride of Punjab’ award by the Pakistan Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PILAC).

Shaukat Ali was awarded the highest Pakistani civilian Presidential award Pride of Performance in 1990.

Research & Author: Muhammad Sajjad Munir Ramay

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