Qawwali is a popular form of "Sufi or spiritual chorus song" which takes the form of a melodic line of lyric sung by a lead and repeated by a chorus to the accompaniment of rhythmic clapping and drums with the hand-held harmonium.
Ghulam Farid Sabri was born in 1926 in Kalyana, Indian Punjab. His musical family belongs to the great singer Tan Sen from Akbar The Great's era (1556-1605). He learnt singing from his father and sang their first Qawwali
- Mera Koi Nahin Hai Teray Siva..
in 1958, which was presented in Urdu film Ishq-e-Habib in 1965. Half a dozen of his other Qawwalies were filmed in movies, like..
- Mohabbat Karnay Walo Ham, Mohabbat Kis Ko Kehtay Hayn.. (film Chand Suraj - 1970)
- Aaye Hayn Teray Dar Pep To Kuchh Lay Kay Jaen Gay.. (film Ilzam - 1972)
- Bhar Do Johli Meri Ya Muhammad (saw).. ( film Bin Badal Barsaat 1975)
- Teri Nazr-e-Karam Ka Sahara Milay.. (film Sachaii 1976)
- Tajdar-e-Haram, Ho Niga-e-Karam.. (film Sahaaray 1982)
- Aftab-e-Risalat.. (Indian film Sultan-e-Hind - 1977)
Ghulam Farid Sabri died on April 5, 1994 at Karachi. Amjad Fardi Sabri is his brother and Maqbool Sabri was his mate and brother.