Shaukat Ali

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Shaukat Ali, also known as Shaukat Ali Khan, is a folk singer from Pakistan.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

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).[3]

Since the late 1960s, he has performed ghazals and Punjabi folk songs.[3] 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.[3]

Shaukat Ali is known for singing Sufi poetry with great vigor and a wide vocal range, for example Heer Waris Shah and Saif ul Maluk.[3]

Shaukat Ali received the 'Voice of Punjab' award in 1976.[1] In July 2013, he was honored with the 'Pride of Punjab' award by the Pakistan Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PILAC).[1] 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.[2][3] 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.[3]

He is the father of Pakistani singers Imran Shaukat Ali, Ameer Shaukat Ali and Mohsin Shaukat Ali.[4][2]

Documentary on his life[edit]

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.[2]

Super-hit songs[edit]

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.[8]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Cesare Baccheschi (21 July 2013). "Musical heritage: Shaukat Ali honoured with Pride of Punjab award". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Adnan Lodhi (1 July 2017). "Folk singer Shaukat Ali's music immortalized in new documentary". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Amjad Parvez (6 October 2017). "Shaukat Ali the indisputable Punjabi folk singer". Daily Times (newspaper). Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Western culture 'affecting' Indians, Pakistanis". The. Chandigarh, India: Tribune News Service. 12 December 2004. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  5. ^ Chan Varyam - Saif Ul Malook 2 - Shaukat Ali, mp3tunes website, Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Soundtrack of the film Maula Jat (1979)". IMDb. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Shaukat Ali soundtrack". IMDb. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  8. ^ Shaukat Ali folk songs on Academy of Punjab in North America website (APNA), Retrieved 16 November 2017.

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