By: Waqas Jawaid Arain
Music, widely considered to be a universal form of communication has existed for as long as the human civilization in some shape and form.
“Ho Jamalo” is a Sindhi-language folk song and associated dance in Pakistan’s province of Sindh. The song has been sung as a tribute to local folk hero Jamalo Khoso Baloch, of middle 19th century.
A railway bridge over Indus River at Sukkur was built for trains but it was untested. It had no pillars in support at that point.
The Government made an announcement asking whoever test-drove a train across the bridge would be given a prize.
A prisoner in jail named Jamalo who was serving a death sentence, he agreed on a condition that if he succeeded he should be released from jail, to which the East India Company’s governor of Sindh agreed.
Jamal managed to cross the train over the bridge successfully and was freed from jail.
His wife composed “Ho Jamalo” on his return, a folk tune, and it has since become famous in Sindh region.
“O Munhinjo khatti ayo khair saan, HO Jamal HO
Jeko Sukkur waaro pul taan, HO Jamal HO.”
In modern times, the song has been repopularized and recorded by popular folk singer Abida Parveen in Sindhi, Shazia Khushk in the Urdu language and by Noor Jehan in Punjabi.
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