Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi on Coke Studio

In Attaullah Khan Essakhelvi’s household in Mianwali Punjab, music was a form of entertainment that was not just looked down upon, it was also strictly forbidden. Essakhelvi recalls that his father used to own a radio set that he would turn on just to listen to the news and then quickly lock up lest someone dared listen to a tune. Little did he know that his own son would grow up to become one of the most popular Pakistani folk singers.