|Died||August 4, 1999 (aged 53)|
|Occupation||Playback singer of film songs|
Early life and career
He was born in Delhi in 1946 and started as a stage singer in the 1960s in Karachi, when he was a member of a famous singing group with two other artists, Masood Rana and Nadeem. Akhlaq Ahmad was the third generation of male playback singers in the Pakistan film industry. He struggled for many years, but gained some recognition in the 1970s as a playback singer. "Sona Na Chandi Na Koi Mahal" film song in film Bandish (1980), and "Sawan Aye Sawan Jaye" in film Chahat (1974), are his big hit film songs. Both of these film songs were composed by music director Robin Ghosh. His song tally is under one hundred songs. Famous Indian singer Sonu Nigam sang many songs of Akhlaq Ahmed as Sonu's voice closely resembles with Akhlaq's and released these songs in late 1990s.
Earlier Akhlaq Ahmed had first started singing for friends at gathering just for fun. Then he was a member of a famous singing group from Karachi with two other artists, film playback singer Masood Rana and film actor Nadeem. At first, he started singing as a stage singer in the 1960s. Akhlaq Ahmed debuted as a film singer in the 1973 film, Pazaib with music by Lal Mohammad Iqbal. He was unable to get a dominant place in the Pakistan film industry because when he started his singing career, at that time Ahmed Rushdi was the prominent playback singer in the Pakistani film industry. Despite that, he remained a somewhat successful singer in the late 1970s and 1980s due to his singing talent.
Akhlaq Ahmed spent the last few years of his life fighting the disease of blood cancer which was diagnosed back in 1985. His wife, an employee at Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) admitted him at a hospital in London. He died on 4 August 1999, at London.
Awards and recognition
- Nigar Award for Best Male Playback Singer – won this award 7 times in 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 and in 1990
- Sonya Rehman (19 February 2014). "Akhlaq Ahmed: A Voice of Pakistan". The Diplomat (newsmagazine Japan). Retrieved 17 September 2019.
- Shoaib Ahmed (5 August 2013). "Akhlaq Ahmed remembered". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 17 September 2019.
- Melodious vocalist Akhlaq Ahmed remembered on death anniversary Geo TV News website, Published 4 August 2013, Retrieved 17 September 2019
- Akhlaq Ahmed: The Pride Of Pakistan
- Akhlaq Ahmed on IMDb website
- Profile of Akhlaq Ahmed on Pakistan Film Magazine (pakmag.net) website - in Urdu language
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