Fakir Juman Shah
Led by Fakir Juman Shah, the Shah Jo Raag Fakirs are continuing the over 250-year-old tradition of singing at Bhit Shah, the fakirs’ voices piercing the air at the shrine every single night. Each fakir, in fact, performs a different day of the week from sundown to sunrise, for life. Custodians of one of the greatest mystical traditions, the rhythmic kalams they recite in praise of the great mystic Shah Abdul Latif, accompanied by the unique five-stringed instrument, dhamboora, entrances one and all. Despite belonging to one of the remotest corners of Pakistan, the fakirs have visitors from the West and also travel abroad to showcase their unique work.
Brought up on a solid grounding of arts, culture, acting, singing and dancing, Meesha Shafi’s work encompasses all this and more — she holds a degree in art from the prestigious National College of Arts and also models. Indeed, her multifaceted personality and versatility add to her image. Shafi is currently the lead vocalist for the percussions-based fusion band Overload, where she is equally at ease setting her powerhouse vocals to Urdu, English and Punjabi poetry and prose.