Allan Fakir

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Ali Bux Alias Taunwer Faqir
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Aamri village, Taluka Manjhand, Jamshoro District, Sind, British India (present-day Sindh, Pakistan)
Died(2000-07-04)4 July 2000[1] (aged 67 or 68)
Resting placeBuried at in Dargah Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Hala Haveli (buried in close to Dargah Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai)
Occupationfolk singer

Allan Fakir (1932– 4 July 2000)[1] (Sindhi: علڻ فقيرُ, Urdu: علن فقیر), was a Pakistani folk singer. He was particularly known for his ecstatic style of performance, marked with extreme devotional rhetoric and Sufi dance-singing.[2]

Early life[edit]

Allan Fakir was born in 1932 in the Aamari in Jamshoro District, Sindh.[3] Allan's mother died soon after giving birth.[citation needed] He spent his childhood in Manjhand, a town between Sehwan and Hyderabad, Sindh.[citation needed]

He belonged to Mangrasi tribe. According to the traditions of this caste, Allan Fakir's father used to beat the drum and sing traditional songs at weddings and Faqir's brothers still do the same job.[4] [5]

Fakir is an Arabic word, and implies a Sufi or a mystic.[citation needed] Thus in the real sense of the word, a 'Fakir' is someone who leads an independent life marked by piety, abstinence from material needs, and contentment in the available resources.[citation needed] It must not be confused with the rather loose usage of the same word implying a beggar, in the local languages Sindhi and Urdu.[citation needed]

Allan's memory was quite sharp, even though, he could not read and write. He was very touched hearing the traditional 'Latifi Raag' every night. Encouraged by Faqir Zawar Qurban Ali Lanjwani and Moolchand Maharaj, Allan Fakir began singing Bhitai's poetry at the shrine and ultimately spent next twenty years there, until meeting with [Abdul Karim Baloch ] who introduced him to Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television Corporation in Hyderabad, Sindh and helped him to learn the correct pronunciation of Bhitai's poetry.[1]

Eventually, Allan became a performing legend.

Super-hit songs[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

Allan Fakir received the following awards:


Allan Faqir died on 4 July 2000, at Liaqat National Hospital, Karachi.[citation needed] He left behind his wife, 3 sons and 2 daughters.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e!topic/soc.culture.pakistan/YbyP5q4VLaw, Obituary and Profile on website, Retrieved 13 November 2016
  2. ^ a b, The Express Tribune newspaper, Published 30 June 2012, Retrieved 13 November 2016
  3. ^ a b "Remembering Sindhi folk singer Allan Faqeer". The News International newspaper, Published 4 July 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Allan Faqir biography, complete biography of Singers Allan Faqir". Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Complete Biography of Allan Faqeer, Sindhi Music Artist". Media Music Mania.
  6. ^, Allan Fakir's song on YouTube, Retrieved 13 November 2016

External links[edit]

  • OPF Almanac, Allan Fakir's Profile at Overseas Pakistanis Foundation website, Retrieved 13 Nov 2016