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Folk Music of Pakistan

Various Artists
Folk Music of Pakistan

Pakistan was created by the partition of British India in 1947; Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan, gained independence in 1971. This 1951 recording presents selections from both present-day countries and documents songs for many occasions — marriage, harvest festivals, village fairs, and courtship. There are a river boatmen’s song from the east and several songs and dances from the northwest, as well as Sindh and Punjab. The music features instruments typical to the Subcontinent, such as the sitar, tabla drums, and bansri, a type of flute. Liner notes include a brief history of Pakistani music, a description of the songs and instruments, and some translated lyrics.

Note: Some names and spellings referenced in the song titles have changed since these recordings were made. Sind province is now known as Sindh, the Northwest Frontier Province is now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the language Pushtu is now more commonly spelled Pashto.

Track Listing

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"Dholak Geet" - Folk song from Punjabi region Munawar Sultana and Iqbal Bano 3:44
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102
"Mahiya" - Love song from Punjabi region Ali Bakhsh Zahoor and Munawar Sultana 3:37
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103
"Bhatiali" - River Boatmen song from East Pakistan Abdul Halim Chowdhry 3:24
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104
Frontier Melody - Folk tune from Sarhad n/a 2:15
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105
Folk Dance - Folk dance from Sind region n/a 4:05
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106
"Kohiyari" - Instrumental tune from Sind region Ali Mohammed 4:43
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201
"Dholak Geet" - Folk song from Punjabi region Munawar Sultana and Iqbal Bano 3:54
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202
"Tangtakore" - Story Song from the Northwest Frontier District n/a 4:05
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203
Pushtu Love Song - Love Song from the Northwest Frontier Province n/a 4:17
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204
"Bhawaiya" - Bengali Farmers' Work Song Mumtaz Ali Khan 3:53
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205
Folk Tune n/a 2:15
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206
Khatak Dance: Dance music from the Katak people in the Frontier Province n/a 2:07
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Khatak Dance: Dance music from the Katak people in the Frontier Province n/a 1:04
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