Arif Lohar a singer promoting humanity and Sufism.
Arif Lohar is an icon of Punjabi folk music. He considers hard work as the core of success Popular folk singer Muhammad Arif Lohar usually sings with the help of a native musical instrument resembling tongs (Chimta). His music reflects the traditional folk heritage of Pakistan and is quite representative of Punjabi traditions and also Sufism.
Born in Lala Musa, Muhammad Arif Lohar is son of one of the greatest folk singers Muhammad Alaam Lohar. His music includes diverse techniques ranging from Central Asian Folk Music to South Asia, Persian, Turkish and even modern American music.
He has promoted Pakistani folk culture in America, Europe, South Asia, Central Asia and Middle East. He entered this field to uphold the tradition of his father who brought happiness and joy through his music to millions of people living in Pakistan and India.
The birth of Jugni began with Muhammad Alaam Lohar and is still being sung today by different newcomers, as well as by Arif Lohar. Following is an interview Eyecandy had with him:
Why did you join the field of singing?
To uphold the tradition of my father.
What kind of individuals appeals to you the most?
True and sincere people.
Is singing an inborn talent or can anyone learn it?
I believe singing is an inborn talent and one can learn it only through inner inspiration.
Which is your most memorable performance?
My most memorable performance was in New York where over 700,000 people attended a parade.
What should be done to groom talent in the absence of talent-promoting institutes?
Newcomers should work hard.
What is your biggest achievement in life?
It is the biggest honour for me that people recognise me everywhere in Pakistan.
What do you feel about your current place in showbiz?
I thank Allah Almighty for all my success.
Who inspired you?
I am very much inspired by Sufis and that is why I love to sing folk and Sufi songs.
Does your profession disturb your family life?
Yes, at times it really disturbs my family life. I cannot attend family functions and gatherings. But now as lots of time has passed, my family have become used to it. Moreover, my father was also a singer and they are used to accepting the fact that a musician has many commitments to keep.
How do you foresee the future of singers in Pakistan?
I think a genuine artiste who works hard will survive.
How do your family and friends react when you meet them after a long time?
They always meet me in a nice and courteous manner.
What does life mean to you?
I believe being sensitive to humanity is the true spirit life.
Do you enjoy social gatherings?
Yes, I do like social gatherings.
Is there anything you want to change in your life?
Nothing, I am satisfied with my life.
Are you a fashion freak?
No, I am not. I like traditional lifestyle.
If you are given a chance, what would you like to be reborn as?
I do not believe in this concept.
Anything you hate?
I always try to promote harmony and never hate anyone.
How would you describe yourself?
I am a simple human being.
Any message to your fans?
One should not try to expose others wrongdoings.
What would you suggest to youngsters who want to follow you?
They should work hard to be successful. Everyone should promote truth and harmony and avoid hurting others.