Shaukat Ali was born in Malikwal, Punjab into a family of musicians. He received his musical training from his elder brother, Enayat Ali. He sang for the first time onstage when he was a student in 1960s at Government College, Lahore.
He began his career as a professional singer by participating in radio programmes. Gradually, he became popular among the people of Punjab. He is well-known for his high-pitched renditions of folk and national songs. He is also a poet who has written the lyrics to a number of his songs. Both urban and rural dwellers alike appreciate his tappas and his dastans of Mirza Sahiban, Saif-ul-Maluk and Heer Ranjha for their emotional depth. He also sings ghazals (a light classical form) with equal ease.
When television was introduced, Shaukat Ali quickly became popular. He has travelled widely as a cultural ambassador of Pakistan and received numerous awards.
Since 1970 he concentrated on singing ghazals and Punjabi folk songs. He gave a live performance at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, and has been awarded the highest Pakistani civilian Presidential award.
Sang songs like Challa, Kadi te has bol ve, etc.
Videos of Shaukat Ali’s:
KADI TE HAAS BOL – SHOUKAT ALI