Ghulam Sarwar

Ghulam Sarwar (b. 1948) is a matka player from Gujranwala. He plays the matka, a percussion instrument which is a large clay pot which produces an energetic and lively sound when played. Even though his family used to be blacksmiths, he felt an inclination towards music, and taught himself how to play the matka at the age of eighteen.  Throughout his career, he has played at the Punjab Arts Council in Alhambra, and has also played at the haveli of Mian Yousaf Salahuddin. He has normally worked solo, and currently has no students, though he plans to teach his youngest son how to play the matka. His other children are currently working in a automobile workshop. He has been playing the matka for over 40 years and continues to perform professionally.


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