Habib Painter
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Habib Painter

Habib Painter or Habeeb Painter (1915 - 22 February 1987) was a noted Indian Qawwal and a folk singer.[1]

Early life

He was born and brought up in Aligarh.[] He started his profession as a home painter, hence he became "Habib Painter".[] Once Rais Mirza saw him singing Qawwali, he brought him to Delhi and introduced him as Qawwal.[]

Professional life

Habeeb Painter had a good voice as well good command over the language. He died and was buried in Aligarh.[] Habib Painter is considered as one of the legendary and most inspired artistes ever to have graced the Qawwali platform.[2] Habeeb not only sang qawwalis and about Kaba and sufiana songs. His songs were full of Krishna, satsanga, sidha, yoga, too.

He was a spiritual disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin and Amir Khusro [3]

Awards and honours

During the war between India and china, Indian artists contributed their voice to inspire the nation. And Habeeb, too, sang for the troops. The then Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru honoured him with the title "Bulbul-e-Hind" (Bulbul of India) [4]

Notable Qawwali songs

  • "Wo har zarre me hai"
  • "Nas nas bole nabee nabee"
  • "Bahuot Kathin hai dagar pan ghat ki"[5] (Lyrics: Amir Khusro)
  • "Fana Itna to ho jaaun"
  • "Baap ki naseehat beti ko"
  • "Wo sadaa chakkar me rehte haiN"
  • "Nhi malum nhi malun"
  • "Ghar ka bhedi lanka dhay"
  • "mai ab kuch keh nhi sakta"
  • "kare koi bhare koi"
  • " ye meri haqiqat hai"
  • "koshish na krna"
  • "poshida poshida"
  • "bura kisko manu"
  • "kitni zalim hai duniya"
  • "bharosa kis pe kijey ga"
  • "bhagwan isi mai milte hai"
  • "ranjid ranjida"
  • "dedar ho jaye"
  • "aaj tuna mai eysa jalungi"
  • "mai to anware nabi hu"


  1. ^ "Melody and imagery". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "In Praise of The Almighty Sufiana Qawwalis: 100 Years of Recorded Music In India (With Booklet Inside) (Audio CD)". Exotic India. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Habib Painter". Last.fm. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Melody and imagery". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Bazm-e-qawwali". Search.library.wisc.edu. Retrieved 2014.

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