LAHORE-Punjab’s old rustic town previously known as Ajodhan was renamed as Pakpattan when Sufi saint Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Ganj Shakar entered the city with reciting his poetry based on universal message.

The city of Pakpattan since then proved to be land of opportunities giving Pakistan some of the biggest names in the field of music, Qawwali and politics.  This is the story of ‘Pakpattan boys’, musicians, Wahdat Remeez and his brother Husnain Javed who hails from Chak Opana of Pakpattan literary meaning light.

Speaking to The Nation Wahdat Rameez said that since childhood he used to visit Baba Farid’s shrine where round the clock musicians were buzy in singing Qawwali.

Wahdat Rameez said in 2005 he performed in All Punjab Music Competition organized by Masud Khaddarposh Trust. After that in 2007 Pakpattan boys went to Indian Punjab on a tour organized by private music organizers where they performed in Chandigarh, Ludhiana, and Amritsar. “ Rafi Peer Theatre took us to India to perform in Lahore-Amritsar Saanj Festival along with big giants of singing industry included Sain Zahoor and Hamid Ali Khan”, he said.  

The journey of the Pakpattan boys did not stop there. It goes beyond Punjab’s borders and performed in Virasat Festival held in 2013 at Vasant Vihar, Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand.

“My inspiration in singing Qawwali is purely based on Sufi poetry which has universal message of peace, harmony and love for all irrespective of caste, creed an faith”, Husnain Javed said.

Answering a query they answered that these days from concerts, and festivals they earn money. “A singer should be extra conscious while singing infront of millions of people because this would have impact directly on their minds.

We prefer singing a poetry which should not damage country’s culture. Cultural diplomacy is the term on which our neighbor country India emphasized much and on all of the foreign tours of Indian Premier he used to take culture groups of his country and introduce his culture before the world’s most modern capitals. Our country should also follow this trait”, they said. 

New singers could only be promoted when they would be given chances and the picture of cultural art centres in South Punjab is too bleak, Husnain Javed maintained. He said Multan Arts Council, DG Khan Arts Council doors are closed for the singers since many years, government should take notice and provide artists and musicians a place where they should exhibit their talent.

“I made a music academy named Rumi School of Arts for young musicians to encourage emerging talent of Punjab and from other provinces”, he said.  

Punjab Sufi poets included Baba Farid, Baba Bulleh Shah, Baba Ghulam Farid Mithan Kot, Waris Shah and others are the torchbearers for the humanity whose message we are spreading through our singing. Poetry of Shiv Kumar Batalvi and also some contemporary poets included Sabir Ali Sabir is worth readable and we often perform on the lyrical poetry of them.  Story of “Pakpattan Boys” inspiration for young musicians, who started journey from suburb town of Punjab and proved themselves on arena of music industry.