Punjabi Folk & Sufi Songs
Folk Punjab is a project to collect folk and sufi music of Punjab. Please note that this is not yet another music website, it's a sincere effort to give our folk music the place it deserves. Over the years, Folk Punjab has grown to include other forms of the Punjabi folklore as well. We now have sections on proverbs & riddles as well. Other than that, two research-oriented sections are also maintained: a bibliography of books about Punjab's culture, language, and literature; and an encyclopedia about all things Punjab. All the Punjabi songs on this website can be downloaded as mp3 or can be played online. We also try to provide lyrics and translation with the songs.
Punjabi Folk Singers
Abida Parveen (born 1954) is a Pakistani singer and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music. She sings mainly ghazals, Urdu love songs, and her forte, Kafis, a solo genre accompanied by percussion and harmonium, using a repertoire of songs by Sufi poets. Abida Parveen sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Seraiki, Punjabi and Persian, and together with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is considered one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era.
Aashiq Jatt was a Punjabi singer known for his renditions of the folk legends of Punjab. He is still remember for his marvelous compositions of the legends of Sohni Mahiwal, Mirza SahibaN, Dhol Sammi, adn Dulla Bhatti.
Abrar ul Haq
Asad Amanat Ali Khan
Asad Amanat Ali Khan (September 25, 1955 – April 8, 2007) was a popular classical, semi-classical and ghazal singer from Pakistan. Hailing from famous Patiala Gharana, Asad was son of famous musician Ustad Amanat Ali Khan. Asad Amanat Ali Khan died relatively young of heart attack on April 8, 2007 in London.
Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi
Attaullah Khan Essakhilvi is a well known folk singer and poet of Pakistan. He has a world record of the highest number of audio albums ever released by a singer. He is traditionally considered a Siraiki artist but mostly he has als recorded albums in the Punjabi language. The reason behind his astonishing success is that he sings only for the poor, desperate and afflicted. His voice has a healing effect and is considered on of the best folk singers Pakistan has ever produced. He has dominated the folk music scene of Pakistan for over thirty years. He gathers thousands in his audiences whenever and wherever he performs. He hails from the famous Niazi tribe. other famous Niazi people are Imran Khan the cricketer, Majid Khan (cricketer) and Muneer Niazi (Urdu poet). He has released smash hits such as Qameez Teri Kaali, Raatan and Mahi Wasey Mera. He has become one of the most well known singers in Pakistan. In his early years, the love of his life left him for another man and he turned to alcohol, but since then he has changed his ways. When he sing a song,his face and acting is very emotional.
Ayesha Ali started her classical vocal training with late Ustad Nazir Ahmad Butt, and than has been in the tutelage of late Ustad Hafeez Khan Talwandi focusing on Dhurpad Gaiki. Ayesha is a mathematician by profession and teaches at the Lahore School of Economics. After the passing of Ustad Hafeez Khan, she conducts the vocal class at Chitrkar. [Courtesy: Lahore Chitrkar]
Barkat Sidhu (1946-) is a sufi singer from Moga district, Punjab, India, and is a fine exponent of the Patiala Gharana. Barkat was born at Kaniya village near Shahkot in Jalandhar district in 1946. He is a cousin of Puran Shahkoti.
Bhupinder & Mitali
Singer, Composer and ace Guitarist Bhupinder Singh, lovingly called Bhupi, is an awesomely talented multifaceted personality. Trained by his father Prof. Natha Singh, the noted vocalist of his time, Bhupinder started his musical career as a young artist at All India Radio (AIR), Delhi. Spotted for his singing talent by the legendary Madan Mohan Bhupi was brought to Mumbai by the master himself. After ‘Hoke majboor mujhe..’ from Haqueeqat there was no looking back for Bhupinder Singh. Not only he lent his voice to memorable soulful numbers for R.D. Burman, Jaidev and Khayyam among others, the natural progression of his musical talents took him to the next step, i.e. music direction. Many meaningful geets and ghazals still linger in our senses. Who can forget those enchanting melodies like “Shama Jalaye Rakhna”, “Darwaza Khula Rakhna”, “Aadatan Tumne Kar Diye Vaade” and others? Bhupinder’s hands created magic when he played guitar in the famous ‘Chura liya hai’ and ‘Dum Maro dam’. The musical journey of Bhupinder Singh met a new dimension when he met Mitali Singh nee Mukherjee in a programme in Mumbai way back in late seventies. Hailing from a musical family in Bangladesh, Mitali started her training from the early age of five and finished M.Phil from SNDT, Collge, Mumbai. Little did she know , whom she was destined to meet and sing history for the years to come. The sensational duo of Bhupinder-Mitali became an aura.
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