Arif Lohar (Artist)

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Arif Lohar is a popular Punjabi Folk singer of Pakistan.His folk music is representative of traditional folk heritage of Pakistan. He is the son of famous Punjabi folk singer Alam Lohar.He also acted in few Pakistani films but not a successful actor in films . In 2005, he awarded Pride of Performance Award from Government of Pakistan[1]Arif Lohar  biography

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Personal
Name: Arif lohar
Nickname: Arif
In Urdu: عارف لوہار
Famous As: Artist
Nationality: Pakistan
Residence: Achh village in Punjab, Pakistan (near Lalamusa)
Religion: Islam
Profession: Folk Singer
Notable instruments: Chimta
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
weight: 80 kg
Website: http://www.internalmusic.co.uk/
Chest: 42 inches
Instruments: Chimta
Origin: Achh village in Punjab, Pakistan (near Lalamusa)
Shoe Size: 9
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Biceps: 16 inches
Album: 150
Songs: 3000
Born
Date: 1 September 1966
Place: Lalamusa
Family
Children: Ali Lohar
Parents: Alam Lohar
Siblings : Tariq Lohar, Arshad Mehmood Lohar, Kashif Mehmood Lohar ,Imran Mehmood Lohar,Irfan Mehmood Lohar
Relatives: Mehmood Lohar ,Imran Mehmood Lohar,Irfan Mehmood Lohar


Details

Pakistani Punjab folk singer Arif Lohar is one of the leading talents in the folk music scene. The son of veteran folk singer Alam Lohar, Arif found himself pursing a music career from an young age, establishing himself as one of the top Punjabi singers and performing all over the world.

Famous Works

Arif Lohar

Arif Lohar

Lohar has recorded numerous singles and albums throughout his career, earning him a significant fan base across the region. He has been widely praised by critics and music fans alike. Some of Lohar’s most famous works include ‘Punjab Bolda’, from the 2013 Punjabi film of the same name; the title track for the Bollywood blockbuster ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, which went on to earn over $16 million at the box-office, and the internet hit ‘Alif Allah’ which was recorded at Coke Studio and gained over 34 million views on YouTube, becoming one of the most viewed songs in Pakistan.

List of Albums and Songs

Arif Lohar Singing

Arif Lohar Singing

Having amassed a discography with over 150 albums and 3,000 songs, Lohar was formally recognized by the Government of Pakistan with the Pride of Performance Award in 2005. Lohar has also become a hit with the international community, having performed over 50 tours abroad, including high profile shows in the UK and USA, as well as at the 2004 Asian Games opening ceremony in China, to an audience over almost 1 million people. [2] Arif Lohar About

Profile

Arif Lohar at coke studio

Arif Lohar at coke studio

Arif Lohar is a Pakistani folk singer. He usually sings with native musical instrument resembling tongs (called a 'chimta'). His folk music is representative of traditional folk heritage of the Punjab. He is the son of folk singer Alam Lohar.

Born

Born in a small village called Aach Goch in Gujrat District, Punjab, Pakistan , Lohar started singing to explore the folk singing of Punjab, and to keep the tradition of his father alive.

Awarded Pride

Arif Lohar

Arif Lohar

In 2005, he was awarded Pride of Performance Award from Government of Pakistan-the highest civil award in Pakistan. Son of Alam Lohar (another icon of Punjabi music) he started his singing career at an early age. To-date he has more than 150 albums to his credit and has recorded more than 3000 mostly Punjabi language songs. He is without doubt the number one living Punjabi Folk Singer in Pakistan. Worldwide he is among the Top Five Punjabi Folk and Pop Singers. In 2006 he made headlines in the Punjabi music world by his super hit album '21st Century Jugni', music produced, arranged and mastered by Mukhtar Sahota in Wolverhampton, UK, and was released by Internalmusic UK. Recently in June 2010 COKE STUDIO released his album Jugni COKE STUDIO which became a smash hit in Pakistan and over the Punjabi music world. Arif Lohar has made more than 50 foreign tours around the world during the last 20 years including UK, USA and UAE. Further to this he is the only south Asian artist to perform in North Korea as part of a international delegation of peace and goodwill, performing in front of the present president. In 2004 he performed in China for the opening of the Asian Games which had a crowd of close to 1 million in the open square, and was greatly appreciated by the local people: even though they do not understand: but feel his great performing style and great voice. Arif Lohar in the past has played lead roles in Punjabi movies also. He performed at the Wembly Arena London September 2010 to help the flood victims of Pakistan to an expected crowd of 25000 plus. Currently his career is at the peak in the Punjabi music world. He appeared in Pakistani film Jugni Nach De Aye, singing and producing three songs for the soundtrack. In 2010 Arif Lohar participated in Coke-Studio(Pakistan live session programe by Rohail Hayat). In Coke-Studio season 3, Arif Lohar performed "Alif Allah Chambay Dey Booti/Jugni" with upcoming music star Meesha Shafi. The song became a massive hit in Pakistan and it is recognized as one of the greatest hits of Coke-Studio series. [3] Profile of Arif Lohar 

Family

Arif Lohar with his Family

Arif Lohar with his Family

It’s a father & son story from Pakistan . The father, Alam Lohar, was born in a small Punjabi village of British india at the time, into a family of blacksmiths “Lohar” being the urdu translation.

Alam Lohar

Alam Lohar

Alam Lohar

Alam Lohar begun singing as a child, he recorded his first album at the age of 13, the young boy started touring villages & singing in local religious celebrations. Growing up, he developed a unique way of singing the Punjabi folk tale. Sufi kalaam & poetry were the essential part of his lyrics. Alam Lohar’s magnificent voice was enough, in a time technology was not needed in music, he used to sing non stop all night long & his strong voice reached his public without even using a microphone.

JUGNI

“JUGNI” the most popular Punjabi standard was created by Alam Lohar, his discography remains one of the most important in Hindo-Pakistani Punjabi folk music. Alam Lohar is considered as one of the most emblematic Pakistani artists of all times, he performed Punjabi music internationally & received many prestigious awards, he was the first to make Punjabi music popular outside of its home land.
  1. Alam Lohar was not only an exceptional performer, but a great musician & poet as well, he was one of the rare people to use the “Chimta” & develop it & also write his own song lyrics.
  2. Alam lohar’s hundred of songs constitute the majority of the classical Punjabi folk library, which still inspires all the Punjabi singers from both Pakistan & India nowadays.
  3. Alam Lohar’s sadly died in an accident in 1979, but his art is still living thanks to the great archive he left & thanks to his talented son, Arif Lohar, who continued what his father started.
  4. Arif Lohar is one of the top list Pakistani singers & one of best rated Punjabi folk singers at an international level.
  5. The father & son resemblance is incredible, the same physique, the same voice & the same talent. Arif Lohar plays the “Chimta” as his father did before him & sings Punjabi folk & sufi kalaam. He is perpetuating a family tradition & continuing his father’s journey
  6. Arif Lohar’s mission was to develop the Punjabi folk & bring it to another level. Technology & music fusion was the key to the renewal of the genre. 
  7. His live Coke studio album “JUGNI” released in 2010, was the consecration of many years of research & creation. It’s a career maturity album that took his music to an upper stage.
  8. Punjabi Folk, Sufi Kalaam, Chimta & great gift of God’s voices, that’s what made the Lohars one of the greatest artistic “lignées” in the history of Hindo-Pakistani music.[4]Arif Lohar   family

Career

Arif Lohar

Arif Lohar

In 2005, he was awarded Pride of Performance Award from Government of Pakistan-the highest civil award in Pakistan. Son of Alam Lohar (another icon of Punjabi music) he started his singing career at an early age. To-date he has more than 150 albums to his credit and has recorded more than 3000 mostly Punjabi language songs. In 2006 he made headlines in the Punjabi music world by his album 21st Century Jugni, music produced, arranged and mastered by Mukhtar Sahota in Wolverhampton, UK, and was released by Internalmusic UK. Recently in June 2010 COKE STUDIO released his album Jugni COKE STUDIO. Arif Lohar has made more than 50 foreign tours around the world during the last 20 years including UK, US and UAE. He is the only south Asian artist to perform in North Korea as part of an international delegation of peace and goodwill, performing in front of the present president. In 2004 he performed in China for the opening of the Asian Games which had a crowd of close to 1 million in the open square. Arif Lohar in the past has played lead roles in Punjabi movies also. He performed at the Wembley Arena London September 2010 to help the flood victims of Pakistan to an expected crowd of 25000 plus. He appeared in Pakistani film Jugni Nach De Aye, singing and producing three songs for the soundtrack. In 2010 Arif Lohar participated in Coke-Studio (Pakistan live session programme by Rohail Hayat). In Coke-Studio season 3, Arif Lohar performed "Alif Allah Chambay Dey Booti/Jugni" with upcoming musician Meesha Shafi.[5] Lohar profile

A Diplomat Whose Language Is Song

Arif Lohar

Arif Lohar

Sometime it takes the efforts of a few highbrow arts organizations to bring cultures together through music. In the case of Arif Lohar, it also doesn’t hurt to have some help from Coke. A famous folk singer in Pakistan, Mr. Lohar is in the United States as part of Caravanserai, a tour bringing traditional Muslim performers to mainstream American audiences to share their artistic heritage and to challenge stereotypes. After stops throughout the Northeast and even Montana, the tour comes to Asia Society in Manhattan on Friday and Saturday. “The mission of Caravanserai is very beautiful,” Mr. Lohar said. “I feel that it is very necessary at this critical time. It allows us to gather people together, using art as a bridge, to extend our hand in friendship to Americans, and to share our love and our wish for peace.” Mr. Lohar sings Sufi music, a devotional style with centuries-old poetry that is layered with allegory, and performed with all the transcendent passion of a love epic. At home his performances can last six hours or more. His shows in the United States may be more conventionally structured but have still had their emotional moments. Last week in Helena, Mont., John Bohlinger, the bow-tied, septuagenarian lieutenant governor, danced onstage and grabbed a microphone to express his feelings. Advertisement

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“I don’t think there’s a person in the audience that understood a word of what you said,” Mr. Bohlinger told Mr. Lohar, as he recalled in a telephone interview this week. “But we understood in our heart what the message was. And the message was joy; the message was peace.”

Sufi Music and the Art of the Chimta

Coke Studio

Coke Studio

Mr. Lohar absorbed Sufi music and the art of the chimta, a long percussive instrument like a pair of tongs, from his father, Alam Lohar, also a renowned singer. But he is no rigid traditionalist. Over his career — which has included some 150 albums and dozens of films — he has, like the Pakistani musical patriarch Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan before him, dabbled with pop sounds, including Bollywood-style song-and-dance, rock guitars and electronic beats. After his father, who died when Mr. Lohar was 13, and Mr. Khan, who died in 1997, Mr. Lohar lists Michael Jackson as one of his biggest influences. Coke Studio That folk-meets-pop sensibility made Mr. Lohar perfect for “Coke Studio,” Pakistan’s most popular TV show, and gave him the biggest hit of his career. A slick performance showcase in the “MTV Unplugged” vein, “Coke Studio” featured Mr. Lohar two years ago in his signature song, “Alif Allah Chambey Di Booti,” with a rock rhythm section and guest vocals by Meesha Shafi, a young model and actress. Surrounded by Coke branding, the two praised what Mr. Lohar calls “the beautiful essence of Allah,” and the video got eight million views on YouTube. “Before I did ‘Coke Studio,’ the audiences who knew my music were those who had heard me in concert,” Mr. Lohar said by phone from Montana, speaking through an interpreter. “After that it reached a whole new generation. It reached teenagers, people who had never heard my music before. I felt lucky.” Caravanserai was put together as a multiyear project by the nonprofit group Arts Midwest, and began last fall with Pakistan as its first focus; next year it looks at Morocco. The shows in New York this weekend also intersect with one of Asia Society’s own series, Creative Voices of Muslim Asia. Both programs are supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.[6] Arif Deployment 

Early life

Born in Lala Mussa in Gujrat District, Punjab, Pakistan, Arif Lohar started singing to explore the folk singing of Punjab, and to keep the tradition of his father alive [7] Arif life

List of Songs

  1. Alif Allah (Jugni)
  2. Ek Pal
  3. Bol Mitti Diya Baawiya
  4. Sher Punjab Da
  5. Soniye
  6. Aakhian
  7. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
  8. Punjab Bolda
  9. Paar Langadey Veh
  10. Yaara Kaulu Yaar Gwanchan
  11. Koka Saat Rang Dah
  12. Sianyah
  13. Ik Din Pyaar Da
  14. Mirza
  15. Jugni
  16. Panj Dariyah
  17. The Legend
  18. Kamlee Yaar de Kamlee
  19. 21 Century Jugni (Mukhtar Sahota)

Lohar Charity

In 2004, Arif's eldest brother, Dr Arshad Mahmood Lohar, formed Alam Lohar Memorial Trust (ALMT) in honour of their father. An affiliate of the trust was a production studio called ALMTV Studios. The studio was designed to raise awareness for health campaigns in the UK, including the Stop Smoking, and Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies campaigns on behalf of the National Health Service. These campaigns targeted mainly Pakistani and other South Asian communities with health problems, and Arif performed concerts around the UK to promote them. In September 2010, Arif Lohar began actively campaigning to help victims of the 2010 Pakistan floods. He appeared on national television to help encourage local and international fundraising, and also performed at special concerts throughout Pakistan.[8]  Lohars Charity  Awards and Recognition Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 2005.