Shafqat Amanat Ali

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Shafqat Amanat Ali
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Shafqat Amanat Ali at Tri Nation Mega Festival
Background information
Born (1965-02-26) 26 February 1965 (age 54)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Genres Rock music, Sufi, playback singing, Classical Music
Instruments Vocals
Years active2000-present
Associated acts Fuzön, The Dewarists, Coke StudioBasit Ali SHah Banoori

Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan (Urdu : شفقت امانت علی خان ), (born 26 February 1965) is a Pakistani classical singer belonging to Patiala Gharana lineage. [1] [2] He was the lead vocalist of the Pakistani rock band Fuzön until 2006. [3] He was awarded the President's Pride of Performance civil award on 23 March 2008. [4]

Pakistan federal parliamentary constitutional republic in South Asia

Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world’s sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 212,742,631 people. In area, it is the 33rd-largest country, spanning 881,913 square kilometres. Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre (650-mile) coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China in the northeast. It is separated narrowly from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor in the northwest, and also shares a maritime border with Oman.

The President's Award for Pride of Performance is one of the awards conferred by the Government of Pakistan on Pakistani civilians in recognition of distinguished meritorious work in the fields of literature, arts, sports, medicine, and science. It has no particular official standing in the Pakistani civil decorations hierarchy.


Early life and background

Shafqat Amanat Ali was born into a Muslim family in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan to Ustad Amanat Ali Khan and his wife Almas Amanat Ali Khan, on 26 February 1965 making him the ninth generation of Patiala Gharana. He is the youngest brother of the late Asad Amanat Ali Khan. He received his bachelor's degree from Government College University, Lahore (now known as GC University). He received the roll of honour from the Music Society of Government College University, Lahore, which is led by Tariq Farani. [5]

Lahore Metropolitan area in Punjab, Pakistan

Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab. Lahore is the country's second-most populous city and is one of Pakistan's wealthiest cities, with an estimated GDP of $58.14 billion (PPP) as of 2015. Lahore is the largest city, and historic cultural centre of the Punjab region, and one of Pakistan's most socially liberal, progressive, and cosmopolitan cities.

Punjab, Pakistan Province in Pakistan

Punjab is Pakistan's most populous province, with an estimated population of 110,012,442 as of 2017. Forming the bulk of the transnational Punjab region, it is bordered by the Pakistani provinces of Sindh, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the enclave of Islamabad, and Azad Kashmir. It also shares borders with the Indian states of Punjab, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir. The capital is Lahore, a cultural, historical, economic and cosmopolitan centre of Pakistan where the country's cinema industry, and much of its fashion industry, are based.

Asad Amanat Ali Khan (Urdu: اسَد امانت علی خان ‎), (25 September 1955 – 8 April 2007) was a popular classical, semi-classical and ghazal singer from Pakistan. Hailing from Patiala Gharana, Asad was son of musician Ustad Amanat Ali Khan. Asad Amanat Ali Khan died relatively young of a heart attack on 8 April 2007 in London.


"Aankhon Ke Saagar," "Khamaj," "Ankhiyan" and "Mitwa" are some of his most popular works. He also sang the songs "Phir Wohi Raastey" and "Allah Megh De" for a Pakistani film named Ramchand Pakistani . [6]

"Mitwa" is a popular Hindi song from the 2006 Hindi film Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna directed by Karan Johar, starring Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta. The song is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, while the lyrics are penned by Javed Akhtar the song was sung by Pakistani folk singer Shafqat Amanat Ali. and the female singer Caralisa Monteiro sang and also penned the words "love will find a way".

<i>Ramchand Pakistani</i> 2008 film by Mehreen Jabbar

Ramchand Pakistani is an Urdu-language Pakistani drama film directed by Mehreen Jabbar and produced by Javed Jabbar. The film features Nandita Das, Rashid Farooqi, Syed Fazel Hussain, Maria Wasti and Noman Ijaz in lead roles. The film is based on a true story of a boy who inadvertently crosses the border between Pakistan and India and the following ordeal that his family has to go through. Ramchand Pakistani was also released in India.

Shafqat was introduced to Bollywood by Shankar Mahadevan. One morning while driving to his studio, he heard Shafqat's hit song "Aankhon Ke Saagar" on the radio. He immediately called the radio jockey who was his friend and got Shafqat's contact number. Shafqat sang "Mitwa" composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy for the movie Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna . [7] The song was listed in the top charts in India, helping propel Shafqat into stardom. [8] He was the voice behind the critically acclaimed song "Yeh Honsla" [sic] in the Bollywood film Dor . He sang background for the films Hello and Mumbai Cutting . [9] [10] His songs "Mora Saiyaan" and "Tere Bina" were featured in Nagesh Kukunoor's Hyderabad Blues 2 .

Shankar Mahadevan Indian music composer and singer

Shankar Mahadevan is an Indian singer and composer who is part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composing trio team for Indian films.

<i>Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna</i> 2006 film directed by Karan Johar

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, also abbreviated as KANK, is a 2006 Indian musical romantic drama film, directed by Karan Johar and produced under the Dharma Productions banner. Released on 11 August 2006 in India and North America, it stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Kirron Kher.

Bollywood Hindi language film industry

Hindi cinema, often known as Bollywood and formerly as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai. The term is a portmanteau of "Bombay" and "Hollywood". The industry is related to other regional industries, making up Indian Cinema – the world's largest by number of feature films produced.

After leaving the band Fuzon in 2006, Shafqat concentrated on his solo career. [11] Based on folk and Sufi works, the album Tabeer was commissioned and released by Music Today in mid-September 2008. [12] [13] [14]

Tabeer is the debut album by singer Shafqat Amanat Ali,launched in 2008.

The first video of the premier song of the album, "Khairheyan De Naal", was aired on all channels in India and Pakistan. [15] He has fondly been nicknamed the "Rock star Ustad" by Saleem Merchant of the Saleem-Suleman duo. [16] He also appeared on the Rubaroo episode of Indian Idol 4. [17] He released his second solo album Kyun Dooriyan in 2010. It included a couple of songs — "Kaga Ja" and "Naal Naal" — which he had written during his time with Fuzon. [18]





  • "Imtehan Hai Imtehan" (2010) [22]
  • "Tu Hi Tu Hai" (2006) [23]

Coke Studio (Pakistan)

Season 2 (2009)

  • "Khamaaj"
  • "Aankhon Kay Sagar"
  • "Ajab Khail"

Season 10 (2017)

Allah Huakbar Pakistan National Anthem

Season 10 (2017)

  • "National Anthem"
  • "Allah Hu Akbar"
  • "Bol"
  • "Maula Tera Noor"

The Dewarists

Season 2 (2012) Episode 1

Pakistani Drama Serial OST

Hindi/Urdu film soundtracks

YearSongFilmCo-SingerMusic Director
2017"TBA" Azaadi [26] Solo Sahir Ali Bagga
"Tere Naal" Punjab Nahi Jaungi Solo Shani Arshad
2016"Piya Dekhan Ko" "Mah e Mir" SoloVarious
"Kuch Nahi" Tubelight Solo Pritam
2015"Main Nai Jaana Pardes" [27] Tevar [28] Solo Sajid–Wajid
2014"Bhugol" Filmistaan Shabab ShabriArijit Datta
"Jeenay Chalay" Dukhtar Solo Sahir Ali Bagga, Peter Nashel
"Manchala" Hasee Toh Phasee Nupur Pant Vishal–Shekhar
2013"Jera Vi" Main Hoon Shahid Afridi SoloShani & Kami
"Tera Mera Naam" Akaash Vani Hitesh Sonik
2012"Zindagi Se" Raaz 3D Jeet Gannguli
"Ya Maula" Maximum Amjad Nadeem
"Tu Hi Mera" Jannat 2 Pritam
"Jannat 2 (Mashup)"KK, Nikhil D'Souza, Javed Ali & Anupam Amod
"Darmiyaan" Jodi Breakers Clinton Cerejo Salim–Sulaiman
2011"Dildaara (Stand by Me)" Ra.One Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Clinton Cerejo Vishal–Shekhar
"Chayee Hai Tanhayee" Love Breakups Zindagi Salim Merchant, Shruti Pathak Salim–Sulaiman
"Jaane Kyun" (Sufi version) Always Kabhi Kabhi Solo Pritam
"Kyun Mein Jagoon" Patiala House Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
"Kyun Mein Jagoon" (Remix)
"Kyun Mein Jagoon" (Reprise)
2010"Bin Tere" I Hate Luv Storys Sunidhi ChauhanVishal-Shekhar
2008"Carvaan" Hello Solo Sajid–Wajid
"Allah Megh De" Ramchand Pakistani Shubha Mudgal Debojyoti Mishra
"Phir Wahi Raaste"Solo
"Tarrin Paunda"
2006"Yeh Honsla" Dor Salim Merchant Salim–Sulaiman
"Mitwa" Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Shankar Mahadevan, Caralisa Monteiro Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
"Mitwa" (Revisited)

Awards and honours

YearNominee / workAwardResultNotes
Filmfare Awards
2012 Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer "Dildaara" – Ra.One Nominated [29]
"Bin Tere" – I Hate Luv Storys Nominated
IIFA Awards
2012 IIFA Award for Best Male Playback Singer "Bin Tere" – I Hate Luv Storys Nominated [30] [31]
GiMA Awards
2012 GiMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer "Bin Tere" – I Hate Luv Storys Nominated [32]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
2012Best Playback Singer – Male"Tere Naina" – My Name Is Khan Nominated
Global Indian Film Awards
2006 GIFA Best Male Playback Singer Award "Mitwa" – Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna Won [33]
Zee Cine Awards
2012 Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer – Male "Dildaara" – Ra.One Nominated [34] [35]
2013 "Tu Hi Mera" – Jannat 2 Nominated
Pakistan Media Award
2011Best Playback Singer – MaleNominated
The Musik Awards
2008Most Wanted MaleWon

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