Pakistani singer Arif Lohar is bridging rifts through folk music
A new fixture on the Bollywood scene, with his unique sound, Lohar has taken the folk music tradition made popular by his celebrated father, Alam Lohar, and popularised it among a new generation in both nations.
Perhaps best known for the 2010 chart-topping single Jugni, which he sang with the Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi for Coke Studio, Lohar continues to charm music lovers.
"You cannot say that a certain style [of singing] belongs to a particular era," says the 50-year-old during a visit to India. "Over the centuries, the folk tradition has continued. I am blessed that I am instrumental in continuing this great tradition."
As for his frequent visits to India, he says: "I have got a lot of love from all generations in India and Pakistan and from people settled in other parts of the world. I get a lot of love and respect in India. That is one reason why I keep coming here regularly. Every moment here is yaadgar [memorable]."
Lohar, who grew up in Aach Gosh village in the Gujrat district of Punjab, attributes his success to his father.
"When he died in a road accident in 1979, I started going to villages across Pakistan to sing folk songs. My father was so popular that thousands used to converge in villages where he performed. I feel happy that I am able to continue the tradition started by him."
Published: December 29, 2014 04:00 AM