Asad Amanat Ali Khan
Asad Amanat Ali Khan
|Birth name||Asad Amanat Ali Khan|
|Born||25 September 1955|
|Died||8 April 2007 (aged 51)|
|Genres||Ghazal, Classical music|
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.
Early life and background
Asad Amanat Ali Khan was born in Lahore, Pakistan. His great-grandfather, Ali Baksh Khan, was the founder of Patiala Gharana. His grandfather, Akhtar Hussain, was a musician. Amanat Ali Khan, Asad's father, died in 1974. Asad was only 19 years old when his father died. His uncle Bade Fateh Ali Khan taught him music and trained him as if he was his own son. Bade Fateh Ali Khan also encouraged him to become a singing duo with his youngest brother Hamid Ali Khan.
When he was 10 years old Asad recorded his first song, which featured on his grandfather's debut album. He had also been interested in academics and often said if not a singer, he would love to be a pilot. He joined a private institution however and began singing professionally after completing his F.A. He started his musical career performing "Thumri". One of the songs that featured in almost every concert he performed was "Insha Ji Utho" (Originally sung by his father).
Asad worked for Pakistan Television for several years. Nisar Bazmi, composer and PTV producer, who died one week before him, gave him his first break, introducing the artist to the world on television.
Asad also sang as a member of the very successful singing duo with his youngest uncle Hamid Ali Khan in the late 1970s and 1980s. Other than music and the family name, Asad inherited from his father a passion to act in films. But the affair was cut short after an unsuccessful attempt.
He had visited London in January 2007 and was receiving treatment for a condition known as Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He returned to Pakistan during his treatment to receive the President's award of Pride of Performance. However, after receiving the award, he had left Pakistan on 3 April 2007 for medical consultation, and while in England, on 8 April 2007, he died in Cassiobury Park in London whilst enjoying an outing with the family.
Some of his superhit songs are listed below.
- Awaz Who Jado sa (Saheli)
- Insha Ji Utho (Originally sung by his father)
- Ghar Wapis Jub ao gai tum
- Umraan langiyaan pabbaan paahr
- Pyaar Nahii Hai Sur Se Jisko
- Abhi Kalion Mein
- Diyaar Yaar Geya
- Doob Gai Sub
- Ghum Tera Hum Ne
- Jo Bhi Dil Ki
- Kal Chowdhwein Ki Raat
- Zara zara dil meiN dard huaa
- Apne haathoN kii lakiiroN meiN
- Piya dekhan ko tarseiN morey
- Hum Pyar Ke Deewane (Film – Naqshe Qadam)
- Kisi aur gham meiN itni khalish-e-nihaN nahiN hai (lyrics: Mustafa Zaidi)
- Ek lamha-e-wisal tha wapas na aa saka ( Poet: Raees Warsi )
- Youn bhi tou raas rooh ko tanhai aa gaaee ( Poet: Raees Warsi )
- Boht mushkil palat kr dekhna tha (Poet: Faisal Hanif)
- Hasti meri mera nizam (Poet: Muhammad Iqbal)
- Kachi jai tand teri yaari c
- Main nay kaha aayey (duet with Irum Hassan)
- Ankhain ghazal hain ap ki (lolly wood song)
- Asad Amanat Ali Khan dies of heart attack Dawn (newspaper), Published 9 April 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2017
- Bade Fateh Ali Khan: The true ustad – Part III Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine The Friday Times (newspaper), Published 22 March 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2017
- Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan on BBC Music website Retrieved 15 December 2017
- The cursed song Dawn (newspaper), Published 1 November 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2017
- "Pakistani celebrity dies in Watford park". Watford Observer. Retrieved 13 October 2020.