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Gulzar Alam with Kabir Stori
|Birth name||Gulzar Alam|
October 14, 1959 |
Life and career
Gulzar Alam worked in Pakistan Air force for sometime. He left singing due to bad law and order situation in the region. He was helpless to do so because of the Fundamentalist's rise in the province.
In January 2003, Gulzar was arrested while performing at a private wedding, he was accused of drinking alcohol and rowdy behaviour but was later released, Gulzar said he was "humiliated" by this, however a more serious event took place in April of that year when 27 police officers forced entry to his home and arrested this three sons and a brother. He stopped singing after receiving anonymous letters warning of the consequences of singing in public and started selling property instead, however he eventually fled to Karachi.
However following the elections of February 2008 the secular nationalist Awami National Party replaced the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and they not only opened Nashtar Hall for cultural activities but invited Gulzar Alam back to singing. Gulzar Alam accepted the invitation wholeheartedly and started his singing career again. In April 2008, Peshawar's Nishtar Hall was the city’s only auditorium for promoting cultural activities, had reopened after five years of closure due to the policies of the previous government - Gulzar was one the artists who performed at the reopening.
Many of his albums can still be found in Pakistani music stores, but the lack of a royalty system keeps him from earning money from their sales. Gulzar again started singing and now performs regularly. Government of Pakistan has announced Sitara.e.Imtiaz for Him. So far, he has released more than 800 audio albums.
- Musicians claim police harassment - BBC News
- Vocalist accuses police of harassment - Dawn Pakistan
- With a new government in power in the NWFP, cultural performers are enjoying some old freedoms.
- Gulzar Alam is Back to Singing by Abdulhadi Hairan
- PESHAWAR: Nishtar Hall ready for Cultural activities - Dawn Pakistan
- Nishtar Hall to host musical concert today after five years - Daily Times