Muhammad Yousuf (playback singer)

Muhammad Yousuf (Sindhi: استاد محمد يوسف) (January 20, 1940 – February 14, 1997) was a folk and playback singer of Pakistan.

Muhammad Yousuf
محمد يوسف
Birth name(1940-01-20)January 20, 1940
BornHyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
DiedFebruary 14, 1997(1997-02-14) (aged 57)
GenresKafi, Ghazal, Filmi Lyrics
  • Folk Singer
  • Playback Singer
  • music composer
Years active(1950-1997)


Muhammad Yousuf was born in Muhalla Din Ali Shah, Tiyoon Number Talau, Tando Tayeb Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan.[1] His father Laung Faqir Maganhar was a Dholak Nawaz (drum beater) and Sharnai (or Shahnai) player. His father used to play Dholak at Radio Pakistan Hyderabad.[citation needed] Yousuf attended Baar Sudhar School and Haji Seth Kamaluddin School Hyderabad. However, he was not interested in formal education and left school after passing five classes.[2] He joined the musical club of Bibo Khan. Afterwards, his father sent him to noted singer Manzoor Ali Khan at Tando Adam Khan. He studied with him for about thirteen years.[3]

In 1951, a competition of new singers was organized at Liaquat Medical College (Now Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences) Jamshoro. The Provincial Minister Ali Muhammad Rashidi was the chief guest of the event. Muhammad Yousuf not only participated in that competition but got first position and lot of appreciation and encouragement. Then, he started singing at Radio Pakistan Karachi. After the establishment of Radio Pakistan Hyderabad in 1955, he shifted from Karachi to his home town Hyderabad.[4]

Singing careerEdit

After early success at Radio Pakistan, he started singing in Sindhi films as a playback singer.[5] His first film as a playback singer was Shehro Feroz which was released on 18 October 1968 from Karachi.[citation needed] This film was directed by Shaikh Hassan and its music composer was Ghulam Ali. His first play back lyric "Rahat Milay Thi Dard Men, Man Piyar Tan Sadqay" made him very popular in film industry. He continued as a playback singer in almost all Sindhi films released in the 1970s and 1980s. As a playback singer, he sang with many famous singers such as Madam Noor Jahan, Abida Parveen, Runa laila and others.[6]

He sang the poetry of Shah Abdul Latif, Sachal Sarmast, Misri Shah and other Sufi poets of Sindh.[7] He also performed in England, Germany, Belgium, Russia and China. Muhammad Yousuf not only sang in Sindhi but also in Seraiki and Urdu languages.

Honors and awardsEdit

Muhammad Yousuf received two Pride of Performance awards, four Shah Latif Awards, Four Qalendar Shahaz Awards and three Sachal Awards.[8]


  1. ^ "سنڌي راڳ جو راڻُو استاد محمد يوسف". SindhSalamat. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
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  3. ^ "Tareekh e Pakistan - Birth of Yousaf, Folk Singer (لوک گلوکار محمد یوسف کی پیدائش) | Online History Of Pakistan". Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  4. ^ Jaffery, Aqeel Abbas; Ustad Muhammad Yousuf (In Urdu), Pakistan Chronicle, pp. 794, Fazeli Sons, Karachi, 2010.
  5. ^ صدارتي ايوارڊ يافتا راڳي استاد محمد يوسف جي وڇوڙي کي ايڪيهه سال گذري ويا, On Line Indus News, available at, retrieved on 2020-04-12.
  6. ^ Solangi, Wazir Farhad; ارڙهين ورسيءَ جي موقعي تي – سنڌي سنگيت جو سدا بهار آواز استاد محمد يوسف, Sindhi World Congress, 2015-02-14.
  7. ^ "نامور لوک گلوکار محمد یوسف کی20 ویںبرسی (آج) منائی جائے گی". UrduPoint. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  8. ^ Tunio, Aftab. "ناليواري ڳائڻي استاد محمد يوسف جي وڇوڙي کي 19 ورهيه گذري ويا". Retrieved 13 April 2020.