Background information Born 1680
, , Died 1757 (aged 77) , , Occupation(s) , Bulleh Shah (1680 – 1757) (: :بلہے شاہ, : ਬੁੱਲ੍ਹੇ ਸ਼ਾਹ}}), whose real name was Abdullah Shah , was a poet, a and .
A large amount of what is known about Bulleh Shah comes through legends, and is subjective; to the point that there isn’t even agreement among historians concerning his precise date and place of birth. Some "facts" about his life have been pieced together from his own writings. Other "facts" seem to have been passed down through oral traditions.
Bulleh Shah practiced the Sufi tradition of Punjabi poetry established by poets like (1538 – 1599), (1629 – 1691), and (1640 – 1724).
Bulleh Shah lived in the same period as the famous Sufi poet, (1689 – 1752). His lifespan also overlapped with the legendary Punjabi poet (1722 – 1798), of fame, and the famous Sindhi Sufi poet (1739 – 1829), better known by his pen-name, (“truth seeking leader of the intoxicated ones”). Amongst poets, Bulleh Shah lived 400 miles away from (1723 – 1810) of .
 Poetry Style
The verse form Bulleh Shah primarily employed is called the , a style of Punjabi, and poetry used not only by the Sufis of Sindh and Punjab, but also by gurus.
Bulleh Shah’s poetry and philosophy strongly criticizes religious orthodoxy of his day. At the time worldy corruption had been taken over as opposed to the true teachings of Islam.
 A Beacon of Peace
Bulleh Shah's time was marked with communal strife between Muslims and Sikhs. But in that age Baba Bulleh Shah was a beacon of hope and peace for the citizens of Punjab. While Bulleh Shah was in Pandoke, Muslims killed a young Sikh man who was riding through their village in retaliation for murder of some Muslims by Sikhs. Baba Bulleh Shah denounced the murder of an innocent Sikh and was censured by the mullas and muftis of Pandoke. Bulleh Shah maintained that violence was not the answer to violence.
Bulleh Shah also hailed Guru Tegh Bahadur as a ghazi (Islamic term for a religious warrior).
Bulleh Shah’s writings represent him as a humanist, someone providing solutions to the sociological problems of the world around him as he lives through it, describing the turbulence his motherland of Punjab is passing through, while concurrently searching for God. His poetry highlights his mystical spiritual voyage through the four stages of Sufism: Shariat (Path), Tariqat (Observance), Haqiqat (Truth) and Marfat (Union). The simplicity with which Bulleh Shah has been able to address the complex fundamental issues of life and humanity is a large part of his appeal. Thus, many people have put his kafis to music, from humble street-singers to renowned Sufi singers like the Waddali Brothers and Abida Parveen, from the synthesized techno qawwali remixes of UK-based Asian artists to the rock band Junoon.
Bulleh Shah’s popularity stretches uniformly across Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims, to the point that much of the written material about this Muslim thinker is from Hindu and Sikh authors.
 Modern Renditions
In the 1990s , Asia's biggest rock band from Pakistan, has also rendered such poems as (Ilmon Bas Kareen O Yaar) and Bullah Ki Jaana. Bulleh Shah's verses have also been adapted and used in film songs. In 2004, successfully performed the unlikely feat of turning the abstruse metaphysical poem into a Rock/Fusion song, which became hugely popular in and . Another version was performed by titled simply Bullah. Examples include the songs Chhayya Chhayya and Thayya Thayya in the movie . The , a Punjabi Sufi group from India, also released a version of Bullah Ki Jaana on their album Aa Mil Yaar...Call of the Beloved.
He died in 1757, and his tomb is located in , .