Remembering Shaukat Ali: A legend of folk music.

Today (Tuesday), marks the third death anniversary of the renowned folk singer, Shaukat Ali, who left an indelible mark on the world of music with his mesmerizing voice and profound artistry.

Born on May 3, 1944, in Malikwal Town, Gujrat, Shaukat Ali hailed from a family deeply rooted in the artistic tradition. He carved his niche in the realm of Sufi music, captivating audiences with his wide vocal range and heartfelt renditions of Sufi poetry.

In recognition of his exceptional talent and contribution to the cultural heritage of Pakistan, Shaukat Ali was honored with the prestigious Pride of Performance award in 1990.

Throughout his illustrious career, Shaukat Ali enchanted listeners with his soul-stirring melodies. His patriotic anthem “Jaag utha hai sara watan” during the 1965 war continues to inspire and uplift the spirits of our soldiers even today.

Not confined to national borders, Shaukat Ali’s talent transcended boundaries, as evidenced by his memorable performance at the Asian Games held in New Delhi in 1982.

Shaukat Ali’s musical prowess garnered him numerous accolades, including ‘The Voice of Punjab’ and ‘The Pride of Punjab,’ further solidifying his status as a legendary figure in the realm of folk music.

On April 2, 2021, Shaukat Ali bid farewell to this world in Lahore, after bravely battling liver disease. Though he may have left us, his legacy lives on through his timeless music, which continues to resonate with audiences across generations.

As we observe the third anniversary of his passing, let us pay tribute to Shaukat Ali’s enduring legacy and celebrate the richness of Pakistan’s musical heritage that he so beautifully enriched.