Jugni – A Song By Sohail Chaudhry

Jugni – Sohail Chaudhry

Jugni is a song performed by Sohail Chaudhry. Lyrics Asif Mam and Zahid Ali. Music by: Zain Khan, Ayaz Sonu. Directed by: Khurram Shahzad


Sohail Chaudhry is a Sydney based singer/song writer,music director and an actor.

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Jugni is an age-old narrative device used in Punjabi folk music and sung at Punjabi weddings in India, Pakistan, US, Canada, Australia, UK — the world over. The word literally means ‘Female Firefly’, in folk music it stands for the poet-writer who uses Jugni as a didactic observer to make incisive, often humorous, sometimes sad but always touching observations.

In spiritual poetry Jugni means the free spirit of life, or essence of life. Alam Lohar (Punjab, Pakistan) and, after Alam Lohar him secondly, the singer and humorist Asa Singh Mastana (Punjab, India) are credited mainly for popularizing this poetry, rooted as it is in centuries-old Sufi spiritual writings. From this treasure trove, Jugni (literally, firefly — female) is picked as a spiritual manifestation of what is learned from life — often painfully. This explains why she takes on several mono-anonymous names, such as when subsequently later on it was transformed by other singers as a female girl just like prefixes like Preeto.

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