Akhtar Chanal Zahri
|Years active||1973 – present|
|Awards||Pride of Performance Award (1998)|
Akhtar Chanal Zahri was born at Khuzdar, Balochistan, Pakistan in 1954. In 1964, Akhtar Chanal started taking formal singing lessons from a music Ustad. In 1973, he brought regional folk to national attention after he was discovered by the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC)'s Balochi Radio Station, and in 1974 Chanal's music became popular nationwide when his song Deer Deer was first aired live on national TV. Since then, Akhtar Chanal has traveled all over the world, including the United States, the Netherlands and Europe for tours. He has performed in a concert arranged at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation for the political leaders meeting at the summit. Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto took him on a tour to England. When Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited Islamabad, Pakistan, he performed then at an event in 2004.
Akhtar Chanal Zahri reportedly has said in an interview, "The songs I hummed as a youngster watching my sheep, are embedded in my memory. Where I come from, when a child is born, the only two things he knows how to do are sing and cry – music is part of us from the very beginning".
Some of his famous songs are:
- Daanah Pah Daanah
- Da sande Zehri
- Nar Bait
- Afghan Jalebi (Doumbek Version) from Phantom (2015 film)
- Shonk O Bijili
- Je aoo patari
Awards and recognition
- Joseph C., Mathew (2016). Understanding Pakistan: Emerging Voices from India. Taylor & Francis. p. 200. ISBN 9781351997256.
- "Profile of Akhtar Chanal Zahri". Coke Studio (Pakistan) website. 1 September 2014. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
- "Akhtar Chanal Zahri on Coke Studio (Pakistan)". Folk Punjab website. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
- Sidhant Sibal (16 June 2019). "When India, Pakistan singers performed at SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation)". DNA India website. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
- "Song: Nar Bait". Paki Updates. Archived from the original on 5 September 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
- Akhtar Chanal Zahri claims payment for 'Afghan Jalebi' The Express Tribune (newspaper), Retrieved 9 May 2020
- Baloch folk singer Akhtar Chanal Zahri to join Saieen Zahoor in Indian film Mirzya Dawn (newspaper), Published 9 September 2016, Retrieved 9 May 2020