Haroon Bacha

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Haroon Bacha, Sher Alam Shinwari
Published in Khyber.ORG on Friday, September 16 2005 (http://www.khyber.org)


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Haroon Bacha

Sher Alam Shinwari

Publishing Date: Friday, September 16 2005

Pashtoon is born with religion, poetry and music. His hard life always finds expressions in tappa. It is not only hard life, but his romance and even religion is channelized through saying or singing of tappa. Many singers have sung tappa in their own styles but when Haroon Bacha gave his voice to it, Pashto tappa touched new heights.

Haroon Bacha was born in July 20, 1972 in an otherwise religiously inclined village Panjpeer, District Swabi. He received his early education at Govt. High School Panjpeer till Middle Standard then did his Matric from Govt. High School No. 1 Peshawar, his F.Sc. and B.A. from Edwardes College in 1992 and took his Masters Degree in Social Work in 1994 from Department of Social Work, University of Peshawar and is presently his Ph. D. thesis from the same. Bacha had natural flair for singing. He used to take part in Naat Qirat and singing competitions during his school time. Govt. High School No.1 provided more chances to young Haroon Bacha to exhibit his hidden talent. But the music club of Edwardes College garnered him a real place in the world of Pashto Music. He learnt Tabla and Harmonium there. After receiving a tacit permission from his parents, Prof. Zia-ul-Qamar a famous TV artist took Haroom Bacha to PTV Peshawar Centre, where Shaukat Ali (Senior Producer) PTV introduced him on mini-screen to widen the range of his melodious voice. The famous song of Dr. Israr (Khalaq badal sho ka badal sholo wakhtoona Jenakai na razee godar ta) was altogether a new tune the ears of music lovers. His first volume (Da Rangoono Makhaam) came to market in 1996, which was followed by another (Ghunchakoona) which carried songs, ghazals and tappas. Haroon Bacha wanted to make his entry into the word of music as a serious singer. But soon he realized that he must sing for the common folk as well if he really wishes to have roots in their hearts. Bacha is appreciative of the new musical instruments but does not approve of blending it with the pure Pashto music. Though, intentionally, but being not sure of its so much popularity, Baccha sang Pashto tappas (Awal ba kala kala gham wo), which immediately struck a mass appeal and influenced not only those who knew Pashto, but even those who didn't know its meaning.

His style was imitated by many singers even by the neighbouring country in Urdu as well as in other languages.

Thus he universalized Pashto tappa to such an extent that the trend is still on and many more varieties of Pashto tappa in style as well as in subject matter are coming into market.

It is not only in Pashto folk singing that he made a debut but he has also set new trends in the singing of ghazals and poems. He believes that there is still room for new and genuine experiences in Pashto music.

His favorite singers Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan, Asha, Jaggit, Udhat Narain in Urdu, while Gulnaar Begum, Kishwar Sultan and Khiyal Muhammad remain a great source of inspiration for the budding singer.

He has been to USA, and Dubai and enthralled music lovers there. His active participation in PTV famous Pashto programms 'Yau Zali Bia' and 'Ghazalzar' is an ample proof of his inherent talent for Ghazal singing.

He recently received the regional award for the best light singer for the year 2001.He advises the young singers that they should first develop the sense of good poetry and then of quality of music so that they could really serve the suffering masses through music.

However, he regretted that due to lake of technical and other facilities, quality music is still a far- fetched idea. He likes to sing the poetry of Rahmat Shah Sail, Shamsul Qamar Andesh, Dr. Israr, Ghani Khan, Sahib Shah Sabir, Aziz Manirwaal, Munir Hamaza Khan Shinwari, Khushal Khan Khattak and even Rehman Baba. Because there is humanism, sobriety and a message of love in the poetry of these poets. His albums (Perkha pa Lambo, Ya Qurbaan, Walwaley, Nazar Maat, Churlakoona, Qadamoona, Tamashey & Lalazaar) have already brought a change in the taste of music lovers. Baccha says, he has informally learnt the delicacies of music from his music director Sahib Gul. Surprisingly enough Baccha does not want to make music his career, being a university qualified graduate he thinks he can better serve the Pashto music without owning it as his profession because commercialism robs one's art and talent. His new album 'Derman' will zoom in the market very soon.

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Haroon Bacha, Sher Alam Shinwari
Published in Khyber.ORG on Friday, September 16 2005 (http://www.khyber.org)