Fankar is a Persian/Urdu word, which translates to a person having a lot of expertise in a certain form of art. This title is primarily used for people who have acquired a great degree of skills in performing arts like theatre,acting, film making, music, or other mainstream lifestyle activities. And yet, you will find that Fankaar is not a title that can be used as a prefix to names like most other titles like Mr and Mrs.

Master of Ceremonies introducing people as Fankar


If you go to a music performance in parts of Asia, especially in India and Pakistan, and to a certain extent in the Middle East, you will find the use of the title -Fankar. You will also find a peculiar observation – When an artist is introduced to as Fankar, the introduction is related to the art form in which he specializes in. And yet, you will find the name of the form of art not finding a mention anywhere in the introduction.


Ustad Zakir Hussain,
the famous tabla player from India recently got introduced as the “Famous Fankar from India”, in one of the functions where he performed. Quite obviously, the word
fankar was a degree of respect bestowed upon Ustad Zakir Hussain. Yet, you will not find this title being summoned on every artist. Only those artists, who have achieved some degree of public acclaim or popularity in their stream of art, get introduced as Fankars.

The difference in Fankar and Kalakar as Fankar



Kalakar,
by Persian terminology means an artist. Conferring the title of Kalakar to an artist does not mean anything to his expertise. It simply means that he is an artist of the relevant art form. For example, Ustad Ghulam Ali, the famous Ghazal singer from Pakistan, is known as a Kalakar in the field of Ghazals. But in functions, you will hardly see him getting addressed as a Kalakar.You will find the master of the function addressing him as a Fankar.

The difference in Fankar and Kalakar as Fankar



Kalakar,
by Persian terminology means an artist. Conferring the title of Kalakar to an artist does not mean anything to his expertise. It simply means that he is an artist of the relevant art form. For example, Ustad Ghulam Ali, the famous Ghazal singer from Pakistan, is known as a Kalakar in the field of Ghazals. But in functions, you will hardly see him getting addressed as a Kalakar. You will find the master of the function addressing him as a Fankar.