(Ali Bux Alias Taunwer Faqir)
Aamri village, Taluka Manjhand , Jamshoro, District, Sindh, Pakistan
Died July 4, 2000
Liaqut Hospital, Buried at Housing Society Jamshoro (in his own home)
Allan Faqir (1932 – 2000) (الن فقیر)
A Pakistani folk singer is a legendary and one of the foremost exponents of sufi music in Pakistan. He is particularly known for his ecstatic style of performance marked with extreme devotional rhetoric and sufi dance singing. His peculiarly funny body language and distinctively pleasing facial expressions marked with a broad smile, were always amusing for his audience at live performances.
Allan Faqir was born in 1932 in the ancient village of Aamari in Jamshoro District,taluka Manjhand, Sindh. His mother died soon after his birth. He spent his childhood in Manjhand, a town between Sehwan and Hyderabad. He belongs to the Mangarhar/Mangrasi tribe the Mangarhars are believed to bring happiness and welcomed on festive occasions for their gift of melody. According to the traditions of this caste, Allan Faqir’s father used to beat the drum and sing traditional songs at weddings and till today Faqir’s brothers are doing same job.Faqir is a title for Sufi but is also used for “beggar” in Urdu and Sindhi. When he was only a teenager,
Allan Faqir developed a habit of singing melancholy songs which his father did not like. Deprived of a mother’s love, he went off in search of someone who could replace that love. He arrived at the tomb of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai in Bhit Shah and started living there.Faqir’s memory was sharp even though he could not read and write. Hearing the traditional Latifi Raag sung every night touched his heart. Encouraged by Faqir Zawar Qurban Ali Lanjwani and Moolchand Maharaj, he began singing Bhitai’s poetry at the shrine and ultimately spent twenty years there until meeting Mumtaz Mirza, who introduced him to Radio Pakistan in Hyderabad and helped him to learn the correct pronunciation of Bhitai’s poetry. Eventually, he became a performing legend.
In this video his voice is out of this world, his singing is going straight into heart, his voice is fetching my soul out of my body and talking it to another world, Unblievable kalam, when you recognise the actual meaning then you realise the value of this great sufi message, it rocks wow.
رسم کارو کاری پر سندھ کی ہوا چپ ہے
لڑکیوں کو حیرت ہے کیوں مرا خدا چپ ہے
پیاس اپنے سائیں کی کس طرح بجھاؤں گی
ہے کنوئیں پہ ویرانی گھر میں بھی گھڑا چپ ہے
کس کی معرفت نیناں میں اسے بلاؤں اب
لے کے میرا سندیسہ جو ادھر گیا چپ ہے
Allan Faqir cites his influences as being, primarily, Scottish Folk Singer Alastair McPherson, the song “Jhaangiaarnii,” being a cover of McPherson’s “I would always help you out, I’m an Edinburgh man myself”, other influences include Bakshi Baloch, Jawwad Ahmed, Shah Jaan Dawoodi and Pathanay Khan.
In appreciation of his services to folk culture, he was given a job and a small house at the Institute of Sindhology. He was originally appointed as an officer to help promote Sindhi culture, but due to his illiteracy, he was eventually demoted to the post of peon.
Allan Fakir received the President’s Pride of Performance award in 1980, the Shahbaz Award in 1987, the Shah Latif Award in 1992 and Kandhkot Award in 1993. Allan Fakir died on 4 July 2000.