Haroon Bacha "Sher Alam Shinwari
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.
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