MITHI: Those who love music, particularly the immortal music of Rajisthan and Thar desert, for them today is the day to remember one of giants of the folk musicians of Sub-continent, Mai Bhagi, the cuckoo of Thar desert. Today is 30 th death anniversary of the great folk singer is being observed by all those who love music and great singers like Mai Bhagi. The cuckoo of Thar was born in a village near Diplo town of Tharparkar in early 1940s in the house of Wanhyun Fakir and Khadija Maganhar , who both were known singers of their area at that time.
Mai Bhagi, who was also lovingly called Bhagbhari (which means lucky or of good fortunes) started her singing career by singing with her parents when she was stiĺl a child in the marriage ceremonies and the festivals of Thar and lower Sindh. She got into prominence when she had performed in the fair of Marvi at the place of Bhalwa in 1968. And the following year she was introduced to Radio Pakistan Hyderabad and Pakistan Television, Karachi by the known producer late Shaikh Ghulam Hussain, the spouse of the great singing giant Abida Parveen .
At the age of 16 she was reportedly married to Hothi Fakir, who was also a singer of Islamkot town of Thar region . Her duets with another legendry Thari folk singer Ustad Murad Fakir in different languages including , Siraki, Marvari, Dhatki, Urdu, Sindhi and many regional languages of Sub-continent was liked in the length and breathd of the country for their immortal music and and enthralling voice. Her famous song in Dhatki ( Khari hoon neen ke neche tan hakli) I am standing beneath the Neem tree all alone” was liked even by those who did not know the language in which she had sung that folk song.
This great singer for her great services in the filed of music was awarded the many awards including Pride of Performance in 1981, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, best singer of Radio Pakistan , Qaldar Lal Shahbaz, Sachal Sarmast and dozens of other awards. Mai Bhagi died on July 7, 1986 on a day when she was scheduled to fly to Saudia Arabia to perform Hajj.
This great folk singer was laid to rest besides shrine of famous Sufi saint Raazi Shah near Naukot town. The known broadcaster and the station director of Radio Pakistan Hyderabad, Mr Naseer Mirza taling to this reporter payed glowing tribute to late singer and said that it was his honor to meet with her and record some her last interview a month before she breathed her last. ” She will be forgotten by all music lovers, who listed to her immortal and mesmerizing voice ” Mr Mirza added