Alam Lohar was a professionally Punjabi folk music singer, poet, and musician of Pakistan. His birth name was ‘Muhammad Alam Lohar.’ Alam Lohar was born on Tuesday, January 3, 1928, into a family of blacksmiths. His birthplace was Achh village near Kotla Arab Ali Khan town, Gujarat district, Punjab Province, British India. His hometown was Lala Musa in Gujarat district, Punjab, in Pakistan. The nationality of Alam Lohar was Pakistani. His zodiac sign was Capricorn, and his caste was Mughal Lohar.
His instrument was “Chimta.” He was the only singer in Pakistan who had ever used Chimta. He was famous for creating and popularising the musical term “
” in various versions (1930’s – 1979). Jugni is sung in India, Pakistan, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom during Punjabi weddings. He had started reading Sufiana Kalaam, a collection of Punjabi folk stories and poetry from his childhood. He had started singing at very young age. He participated as a young child in local gatherings showing vocal art in reading phrases of great poets. The audience were influenced with elements of joy, happiness, peace, and sadness by his singing. In 1970, he started attending festivals and gatherings regularly, and with his renditions, he became one of the most famous singers in South Asia. Also, he began to visit different countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Norway, and Germany to amuse the South Asian citizens.
Alam Lohar introduced a new form of singing the Punjabi Vaar, an epic tale that made him famous. He was recognized for his performance of Sufi poet “Waris Shah’s Heer” and songs like “Saif Ul Maluk.” Alam Lohar recorded many albums and recordings. His first album recorded at the age of 13, and he achieved 15 Gold Disc long plays (record sales) throughout his career. He worked in various long plays (LP) such as Jugni (1965), Saif Ul Maluk (1948), Bol Miiti de Bawa (1964), Qissa Yusuf Zulaykha (1961), and Dilwala Dukhra (1975). He created lyrics in Wajan Mariyan Bulaya (1977), Qissa Mirza Sahiban (1967), Qissa Hirni (1963), Maa Da Pyaar (1974), and so more.
He lived for 51 years and died on July 3, 1979. He died in a car accident. The place of his death was Sham Ki Bhattian, Punjab. He was laid rest in Lalamusa on Grand Truck Road in Pakistan. He has got many awards within his lifetime and was honored with the “Pride of Performance” award by the President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-Ul-Haq in Islamabad. In the memory of Alam Lohar, his son
along with his brothers made Alam Lohar’s Memorial Trust. The Government of Pakistan named one of the roads, starting from his village Aach signed as “Alam Lohar Road,” in memory of Alam Lohar