Early life and career
Born into a family of artists in Malakwal, a town in District Gujrat (now falls in new District Mandi Bahauddin Punjab, Pakistan, Shaukat Ali began singing, while at college in the 1960s, receiving help from his elder brother Inayat Ali Khan. He was introduced into the Pakistani film world as a playback singer by the renowned film music director M Ashraf in the Punjabi film Tees Maar Khan (1963).
Since the late 1960s, he has performed ghazals and Punjabi folk songs. As a folk singer, he is not only popular in Punjab, Pakistan but also in Punjab, India. Shaukat Ali also tours and performs overseas wherever there are significant population centers of Punjabi immigrants like in the UK, Canada and the US.
Shaukat Ali received the 'Voice of Punjab' award in 1976. In July 2013, he was honored with the 'Pride of Punjab' award by the Pakistan Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PILAC). He gave a live performance at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, and was awarded the highest Pakistani civilian Presidential award Pride of Performance in 1990. His song "Kadi Te Hass Bol Vey" was used in the 2009 Indian movie Love Aaj Kal. He also released a track titled "Jagga". Shaukat Ali has also given performances at the All Pakistan Music Conference events and also appears frequently on Pakistani television shows.
Documentary on his life
In 2017, a Canadian company with the help of his son Mohsin Shaukat Ali, produced a one hour long documentary to commemorate his contributions to the Pakistani music industry. This documentary shows the struggles Shaukat Ali faced throughout his career and also includes some of his past performances as well as interviews with many singers including Lata Mangeshkar. It documents his journey from a young aspiring singer who later becomes a popular folk singer of Pakistan.
- "Saif-ul-Malook--Awwal Hamd Sana-e-Elahi", sung by Shaukat Ali, lyrics by Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, music by Wajahat Attre, film Chan Varyam (1981)
- "Sathio Mujahido, Jaag Uthha Hai Sara Watan", a 'Qaumi Naghma' song, sung by Shaukat Ali, Masood Rana, lyrics by Himayat Ali Shair, music by Khalil Ahmed, film Mujahid (1965)
- "Mein Puttar Pakistan Da", sung by Shaukat Ali, Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Naheed Akhtar, lyrics by Hazin Qadri and music by Wajahat Attre, film Athra Puttar (1981)
- "Nabi Dey Asseen Ghulam", sung by Shaukat Ali, lyrics by Sahil Siddiqi, music by Salim Iqbal, film Behram Daku (1980)
- "Ae Tay Wailea Aap Dessay Ga, Kaun Maarda Ae Maidan Pei Nay Hullay", sung by Alam Lohar, Shaukat Ali, lyrics by Nasim Fazal and music by Master Inayat Hussain, film Maula Jat (1979)
- "Mein Walait Kahnu Aa Gaya", sung by Shaukat Ali, lyrics by Taslim Fazli, music by M Ashraf, film Playboy (1978)
- "Lal Meri Patt Rakhio Bala, Jhoolay Lalan Dey", a traditional folk song, sung by Noor Jehan, Shaukat Ali, Masood Rana, Ahmed Rushdi, Ghulam Ali, Pervez Mehdi, music by Nashad, film Parchhaen (1974)
- "Har Dam Yahi Mere Lab Pe Sada Hai, Murshid Mera Nadir Ali Shah Hai", a devotional sufi song or Qawwali sung by Shaukat Ali (1975)
- "Tu Wi Haq Da Wali", a devotional Sufi song or Qawwali sung by Shaukat Ali (1975)
- "Saaday Yaar Nay Banh Laiy Sehray", sung by Shaukat Ali, Inayat Hussain Bhatti, lyrics by Khawaja Pervez, music by Ustad Tafu, film Charhda Suraj (1982)
- "Teri Meri Aey Azlaan Di Yaari", a bhangra song sung by Shaukat Ali and Mehnaz Begum, lyrics by Saeed Gillani, music by Kamal Ahmad, film Angara (1985)
Shaukat Ali's folk song hits include "Kyun Door Door Reindey Au", "Kaddi Te Hass Bol Vey", "Jab Bahaar Aaii Tau Sehra Ki Taraf Chal Para", and many Punjabi folk songs including "Chhalla", "Jagga", "Kanwan, Maan Jannat Da Parchaavan". The Sufi poems "Saif ul Maluk" and "Heer Waris Shah" were beautifully recited by Shaukat Ali and recorded on CDs which are widely available worldwide.
Awards and recognition
- Cesare Baccheschi (21 July 2013). "Musical heritage: Shaukat Ali honoured with Pride of Punjab award". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 19 June 2018.
- Adnan Lodhi (1 July 2017). "Folk singer Shaukat Ali's music immortalized in new documentary". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 19 June 2018.
- Amjad Parvez (6 October 2017). "Shaukat Ali the indisputable Punjabi folk singer". Daily Times (newspaper). Retrieved 11 July 2019.
- "Western culture 'affecting' Indians, Pakistanis". The. Chandigarh, India: Tribune News Service. 12 December 2004. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- Chan Varyam - Saif Ul Malook 2 - Shaukat Ali, mp3tunes website, Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- "Soundtrack of the film Maula Jat (1979)". IMDb. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- "Shaukat Ali soundtrack". IMDb. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- Shaukat Ali folk songs on Academy of Punjab in North America website (APNA), Retrieved 16 November 2017.