28th death anniversary of the legendary Qawwal Ghulam Farid Sabri was observed on Tuesday.
Born in Indian Punjab, in 1930 and migrated to Karachi after Partition. He began training in Qawwali under his father Inayat Sabri, who was also a renowned musician.
The qawwal was just 16 when he delivered his first performance, at the urs of Mubarak Shah in Kalyana, India. After relocating to Karachi, Ghulam Farid and his brother Maqbool got together and soon came to be known as the acclaimed Sabri brothers who introduced a new, raw side of qawwali in Pakistan.
Their careers took off soon after Ghulam Farid released his 1958 qawwali Mera Koi Nahin Hai Tere Siwa. Thereafter, the duo delivered success after success, with qawwalis such as Sarela Makan Se Talab Hui, Bhardo Jholi Meri, Saqia aur Pila and Tajdar-e-Haram, amongst many others.
Ghulam Farid Sabri passed away from a heart attack on April 5, 1994.