Suhrab Faqir

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Sohrab Fakir (folk singer)
Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan
Died23 October 2009(2009-10-23) (aged 74–75)
Talpur Wada, near Thari Mirwah, Khairpur District, Sindh, Pakistan
OccupationFolk singer
Known forFolk music, Sufi music
AwardsPride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1999
Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Award
Sachal Sarmast Award

Sohrab Fakir Manganhar, also known as Sohrab Fakir, (Sindhi: سُهراب فقير صوفي, 1934 – 23 October 2009) was a Sufi-singer from Sindh, Pakistan.

Early life[edit]

He was born in 1936 in Talpur Wada village of Kot Diji town, in Khairpur District. His father, Hammal Faqir, was an expert of tabla and sarangi. Suhrab Faqir was king of Sufi-music in Sindh and was considered one of the greatest mystic singers of Pakistan.[1][2][3]

Suhrab Faqir was born in a musicians family which had migrated from Jaisalmer State of Rajasthan, British India.[1]


Suhrab Faqir started learning tabla from Ustad Khursheed Ali Khan and his singing career started in 1974, when he was asked by Ustad Manzoor Ali Khan to sing at the Urs celebration of Sakhi Allahyar near Tando Mohammad Khan.[1] He was introduced to the radio at Radio Pakistan Khairpur by the renowned Sindhi writer Tanveer Abbasi, where he recorded two songs of Ghamdal Faqir including the song, Galyan Prem Nagar Diyan which became very popular throughout Sindh.[1]

In the early 1980s, he formed a Sufi music group, Sung and became a disciple of Faqir Dur Mohammad Heesbani.[1]

He had toured Britain, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway and France where his artful singing was highly appreciated.[4][1] He sang with other singers as well such as Jamal Faqir .[5]

Popular songs[edit]

  • Ghund Khol Deedar Karao, Mein Aaya Mukh Waikhan[1]
  • Galyan Prem Nagar Diyan

Awards and recognition[edit]


Suhrab Faqir died of kidney disease on 23 October 2009 at Talpur Wada near Kot Diji, Sindh, Pakistan. He had been ill for a long time. Earlier in August 2006, he was also hospitalized due to chest pain and for diabetic complications.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Oh Surs & Ragas! Suhrab Faqir is dead". Dawn (newspaper). 24 October 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b Sohrab Fakir hospitalized Dawn (newspaper), Published 28 August 2006, Retrieved 16 August 2019
  3. ^ Top ten popular folk singers of Pakistan Pakistan 360 degrees website, Published 5 January 2012, Retrieved 16 August 2019
  4. ^ a b c "Maestroremembered: Suhrab Faqir: the last of Su'ng school of music". Dawn (newspaper). 1 November 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Jamal Faqir — the last of the Soung singers". Dawn (newspaper). 24 October 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2019.

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