LAHORE: Singer, drummer and founder of Overload music band Farhad Humayun passed away in Lahore. He was 42.

The exact reason for his death could not be known; however, it was learnt that he had a brain tumour and had already undergone two major surgeries.

He was laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon at the Mian Mir Graveyard.

He was the son of theatre and TV actor and academic Navid Shahzad, a recipient of the Pride of Performance Award.

The news of his death came as a big shock for the music buffs, especially youths, and many of his ardent admirers.

Farhad is survived by his mother, Navid Shahzad, and sisters Sarah Shahzad and Reema Bukhari.

He founded the Overload in 2003 and started his career as an underground musician while formed two bands, Co-Ven and Mindriot, in which he played drums. He won numerous awards and accolades for both his audio and video work and owned the Riot Studios, the famous recording studio and a gig venue in Lahore.

Farhad Humayun was born in Jersey in the English Channel at the Jersey International Hospital to Navid Shahzad and Shahzad Humayun. His mother is a legendary TV, theatre and film actress and the foremost Pakistani scholar and academic. His father was an automobile businessman and Pakistan’s award winning cricket commentator throughout the 1970s till the early 2000s.

Farhad grew up in the Gulberg area of Lahore and studied at the Aitchison College till secondary school. He went to the National College of Arts where he did his Bachelors in Fine Arts (Painting) in 2000. He also studied audio engineering at the recording workshop in Ladbroke Grove, London.

Farhad jammed with major Pakistani rock musicians and singers such as Meesha Shafi, Atif Aslam, Ali Zafar, Noori and Fuzon and had collaborations with many others. He had also collaborations with drummer Pappu Saeen while another drummer Nasir Saeen was always a part of Overload. He made the traditional Punjabi drum a part of regular music.

His famous songs included Mur Ke Dekho, Nimmi Nimmi, Ankahi and Ho Janay Dou and Lahore.

Published in Dawn, June 9th, 2021

Opinion

Casualties of war
17 Sep 2021

Casualties of war

As we ruminate over the consequences of America making a mockery of international law, it is equally important to take an inward
Love of wealth
17 Sep 2021

Love of wealth

Those obsessed with wealth are likely to be involved in corrupt practices.
Pro-rich growth
Updated 17 Sep 2021

Pro-rich growth

An intellectually honest prognosis of our political economy for the working class makes for grim reading.

Editorial

TTP amnesty?
Updated 17 Sep 2021

TTP amnesty?

An amnesty should be for some individuals, not the entire outfit.
17 Sep 2021

Media regulation

THE needless controversy over media regulation may finally be heading for a resolution. In a meeting with ...
17 Sep 2021

Refusing audit

THE continuous resistance put up by several public-sector organisations to submitting their accounts for audit by ...
Aid for Afghans
16 Sep 2021

Aid for Afghans

Humanitarian aid can resume even if the world decides to hold back on formal recognition of the regime for now.
16 Sep 2021

Wheat price

THE government’s decision to raise the wheat release price, or the rate at which provinces issue their grain ...
16 Sep 2021

Keeping the press out

ON Monday, the government yet again displayed its rising contempt for the freedom of press — this time in...