Renowned Qawwal Ghulam Farid Sabri was remembered on his 24th death anniversary on Friday (today).
He was born in Kalyana, a village in the district of Rohtak in East Punjab, India in 1930. He started to take initial lessons of qawwali singing from his father Inayat Sabri at the age of 6. He made his first public performance at the Urs of Sufi saint Mubarik Shah in a crowd of thousands in 1946 in in Kalyana. He was the grandson of Mehboob Baksh Ranji who was claimed to the ruler of Music.
After the partition, his family migrated from India and settled down in Karachi. Teaming up with his brother Maqbool Ahmed Sabri, the duo came to be known as the Sabri Brothers and earned much praised for their singing.
Their first recording, released in 1958, was a popular hit called Mera Koi Nahin Hai Tere Siwa. Bhardo Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad, Sarela Makan Se Talab Hui, Taajdar-e-Haram, Saqiya Aur Pila, are some of their most acclaimed qawwalis.
Ghulam Farid Sabri, died on April 5, 1994 in Karachi, after suffering a heart attack. More than 40,000 people attended his funeral prayer.