Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi
|Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi|
|Birth name||Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi|
|Born||August 19, 1951
|Genres||Seraiki Music Punjabi Music|
|Occupations||Seraiki, Jhummar, Punjabi|
|Years active||1971 -|
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Attaullah Khan Niazi Esakhelvi (surname also transliterated as Esa Khailvi) also known as 'lala' (which means elder brother in Punjabi) 'is a Pakistani Pride of Performance award-winning musician from Isakhel, Mianwali, Punjab. He is traditionally considered a Seraiki artist, but he also has some of his music albums are in either Punjabi or Urdu. By 2006, Attaullah had released 406 music albums as per his official website http://esakhailvis.com
Attaullah's hits include Qameez Teri Kaali, Ither Zindagi ka Janaza,Raatan, We Bol Sanwal, Ishq Main Hum Tumain Kya Batayain, Theva Mundri tha Theva, Woh Bahar Ka Zamana and Mahi Wasey Mera. Also Aaaj Kala Choda Pa and Raatan.
Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi was born on August 19, 1951 in Essa Khail, Mianwali. district of Punjab, Pakistan. He was named Attaullah Khan Niazi, He is from panjabi traid. Attaullah developed an interest in music as a child, but music was strictly forbidden in his home. Despite the restriction on music in his home, Attaullah secretly sought to learn more about music. His school teacher taught him Mohammed Rafi and Mukesh songs and told him never to stop singing. Attaullah tried to explain his passion for music to his parents and tried to convince them to let him sing, but they forbade him to continue singing. Disillusioned, Attaullah left home when he was eighteen years old. He traveled extensively within Pakistan and supported himself by working from Mianwali.The Mianwalian's( people of Mianwali) love this person because of his voice.In his home town Esakhel people put their hotels' names after his name because they think he is such a great singer and proud of Mianwali & PAKISTAN.
Attaullah continued his musical training after leaving his parents' home, and often recorded himself on cassette tapes that he later distributed.
Attaullah was invited by a company in Faisalabad to record folk songs in their studio, and he recorded four albums at one time. The albums were released at the end of 1977 and became national bestsellers.
In 1980, Attaullah performed in the United Kingdom for the first time. This was also his first concert abroad. Attaullah's albums were eventually released in the United Kingdom under various labels, including Hi-tech, OSA and Moviebox.
He has recorded more than 40000 songs in seven languages.He received lifetime achievement award from the British queen (ELIZABETH II). He had his name registered in Guinness Book of World Records in 1994 for highest number of audio albums released.
Popularity in India
Attaullah Khan (as he is commonly known in India) became famous in India after his lyrics were used in the Bollywood movie Bewafa Sanam. Sonu Nigam, Anuradha Paudwal, Udit Narayan, Noa, Dianna Agron and Paul Simon sang his songs.
Attaullah relocated to Lahore after becoming a professional musician in Punjabi, Urdu and English. He has been married five times and has three children.
After spending many years in Lahore he moved back to Isakhel.
Television and films
Ataullah Khan performed Ni Oothan Waale and Pyar Naal Na Sahi on Coke Studio's fourth season. Esakhelvi's Pyaar Nal Na Sahi was previously covered by Noor Jehan for a Punjabi film starring Sultan Rahi.
Ataullah Khan has also starred in Punjabi movies. His most famous one is Dil Lagi, where he played the role of Sultan Rahi's younger brother. The movie's soundtrack also included Esakhelvi's song Dil Lagaya tha Dil Lagi Ke Liyay.
Attaullah has his own band which travels with him. Members of the band includes:-:
The musicians in Attaullah's band have performed with him since the 1970s. Ataullah and his band have performed together in Pakistan, United States of America, Japan, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, India, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand.
- Attaullah Khan songs
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- Abdullah, Rana. "Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi – A Pakistani Legend life History". The News Track. Retrieved May 6, 2013.