Khalil Ahmed

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Khalil Ahmed
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Background information
Born (1936-11-03)November 3, 1936
Agra, British India
Origin Pakistan
Died 22 July 1997(1997-07-22) (aged 60)
Lahore, Pakistan
Genres Film music
Occupation(s) Composer, music director
Years active 1962–1990

Khalil Ahmed (March 3, 1936 – July 22, 1997) was a well-known Pakistani composer for films. He started his career with film Anchal in 1962 and remained one of the leading music directors in South Asia.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Khalil made his music debut with director Al-Hamid's film Aanchal, which was released on December 7, 1962. Starring: Shamim Ara, Darpan, Saba and Talish. The song "kisi chaman mei raho" (singer Ahmed Rushdi) became a smashing hit in South Asia and established Khalil's name as a reputed composer. He quickly became one of the stalwarts of Pakistani music. Khalil also used to be the host of the music program for children, which was telecast from the Lahore television station it was called " Hum Kaliyan Hum Tare" with co host Nayyara Noor, Tahira Syed etc. Additionally, he also showed a knack for tapping into the moods of the times.

Khalil always had his finger on the pulse of what the listeners wanted to hear on radio, television and in his films. He composed music for film Khamosh Raho (1964) and recorded a ghazal in Ahmed Rushdi's voice Mei nahi manta (lyrics Habib Jalib) which gained him country-wide fame. He also gave hit music of film Khilona (1967). The songs "Chand se chandni" and "Gul kahoon khushboo kahoon" both recorded in Ahmed Rushdi's voice were very popular. An accomplished composer for television and films, Khalil's many contributions to music have embedded themselves in the Pakistani psyche. Example:"Uss kay gham ko kya kaheye" (singer: Mehdi Hassan, the film Guriya, producer-director: Himayat Ali Shayer, the film could not be released). Khalil was a specialist in sad compositions and he became one of the top composers of 1960s after composing the songs of film Kaneez. Song "Jab rat dhali tum yaad aye" (singer Mala and Ahmed Rushdi) made him popular in mases. Khalil was one of Pakistan film industry's most versatile musicians. He was that one composer, who excels at all attributes. Khalil graced the Pakistani films with magical compositions and to this day remains an icon who suffused beauty and splendor in music.


Khalil died on July 22, 1997, in Lahore.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Khalil Ahmed Biography". Retrieved 22 September 2011.