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|Ustad Mohammad Juman
Sindhi: استاد محمد جمن
10 October 1935|
Sorra, Lasbela, Balochistan
|Died||January 24, 1990
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
|Genres||Classic, Kafi, Ghazal|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, folk singer|
Juman was born in the village of Sorra, located in the Lasbela District of Balochistan, to a musician, Haji Ahmed Sakhirani of Sakhirani clan. It was only natural that he became fond of music from his childhood years. Juman took formal music lessons from a venerable Pakistani musician Ustad Nazar Hussain of Pakistan Television (Lahore Center), who had also been a music tutor to the renowned singer Madam Noor Jehan.
Early life and career
He went to Radio Pakistan in Karachi to start a career as a "Surando" Player (fiddler).He played symphony of Kohyari in audition and started working as staff musician of Radio Pakistan, Karachi. He played "Surrando" in harmany with many artists especially Ustad Muhammad Ibrahim. In 1955, he went to Radio Pakistan Hyderabad as a musician where he composed Kalams of various Sufi saints of Sindh.
He was fond of playing flute since childhood therefore he visited Radio Pakistan Karachi station several times. Eventually, he started program as a flute player.
Some of his fellow radio artists advised him to sing as his voice had a quality. Within short time he started singing regularly and appeared at Radio Pakistan Hyderabad as a singer. Here he became student of Ustad Nazar Hussain and Wahid Ali Khan (elder). Afterwards he worked hard to learn the music of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s poetry and became successful singer. Ustad Muhammad Juman was such a musician who brought new colors, new ways and renovations to Sindhi music. He used to work hard and composed countless musical melodies. He had his own unique style of singing which was appreciated not only by public but the other musician also praised him. He sang the poetry of all mystic poets but specially sang Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai with great love. His one of the famous sung Kaffi “Muhinjo Mulk Malir, Kotan Main Aaun Keean Guzariyan” was recorded for film Umer-Marvi. His famous and evergreen Kaffi was “Yaar Dadhi Isaq Aatish lai Hai”.
He was honored with several awards including “Tamgha-e-Husn-Karkardgi” Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan. Muhammad Jumman received his music education from Ustad Nazar Hussain and Bari Waheed Ali Khan, expert on Bhittai's Surs (Symphonies). He became very famous when he sang a Sindhi Kalam of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai:
|“||منهنجو ملڪ ملير،ڪوٽن ۾ آءُ ڪيئن گذاريان
Munhjo Mulk Maleer
Yaar Dadhi Ishq Atish Lai Hai
He also sang Mir Sikandar Khan Khoso's kafis "Ishq munjhon izhar thee ayo" and "Kech Punhal day hal kahay hal" at Radio Pakistan. Juman's son, Shafi Muhammad, also followed his style of kafi singing.[clarification needed]
- Maro Je Malir Ja, by Khadim Hussain Chandio, pp. 609-610.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwrMKVIXR5s, Ustad Juman song on YouTube, uploaded 9 Nov 2009, Retrieved 4 Feb 2016
- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xub7zl_ustad-muhammad-juman-khan-live-in-meri-pasand-ptv-yaar-dhadhi-ishq-aatish-laai-complete-hd_music, Muhammad Juman performing on Pakistan Television, uploaded 13 Oct 2012, Retrieved 4 Feb 2016
- http://www.thesindhtimes.com/entertainment/25th-death-anniversay-ustad-muhammad-juman-remembered/ The Sindh Times newspaper- Ustad Muhammad Jumman's death anniversary, published 25 Jan 2015, Retrieved 4 Feb 2016
- Maro Je Malir Ja, by Khadim Hussain Chandio