JAMSHORO: Sindhi folk singer and recipient of President’s Pride of Performance, Allan Fakir’s 14th death anniversary is being observed on Friday (today).
Born in 1932 in Jamshoro district of Sindh, Allan Fakir rose to fame singing Sufi songs comprising of verses from Sufi saint Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (R.A)’s poetry.
Allan Fakir’s father was a drummer but Allan turned to the Sufi path and started living at the shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (R.A), listened to and sang the Sufi kalam of Shah Bhittai.
Allan himself chose the suffix ‘fakir’ for his name.
His voice reached Radio Pakistan’s Hyderabad station and from there on Allan never looked back.
He was bestowed with the presidential honor of ‘Pride of Performance’ in 1980 by General Zia-ul-Haq in 1980. The Sufi singer also received Shah Latif Award , Shahbaz Award and Kandh Kot Award.
His collaboration with popular singer Muhammad Ali Shahki ‘Allah Allah kar Bhaiya” still amuses his fans around the world.