Badar Miandad

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Badar Miandad Khan
Pride of Performance
Birth name Badar Ali Khan
Also known as Badar Miandad Khan
Born 17 February 1960[1]
Pak Pattan, Pakistan
Died 2 March 2007(2007-03-02) (aged 47)[1]
Lahore, Pakistan
Genres Qawwali, Ghazal
Occupation(s) Qawwal
Instruments Harmonium
Years active 1974–2005[1]

Badar Miandad Khan (17 February 1962 – 2 March 2007), also known as Badar Ali Khan, was a Pakistani qawwali singer. He released several albums in Pakistan. Several albums were also released under UK and Indian labels.

Early life and career[edit]

Ustad Badar Miandad was born in 1960 in a noted family of qawwals in Pak Pattan. His father Ustad Miandad and grandfather Ustad Din Muhammad Qawwal were reputed qawwals in Punjabi language. He was a cousin and brother-in-law of the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.[1]

Badar Miandad started his qawwali career in 1975, and by the mid 1980s, he had earned some fame. He composed the music for Bollywood films, including Virod, starring Salman Khan.[1] He also composed the music for several Pakistani films, including Chupkay Chupkay, Lahoria, Ibrat, But Shikan (1994 film) and Jannat Ki Talash (1999 film) which won the Nigar Award for Best Film of 1999.[2][3]

Popular qawwalis[edit]

  • Awwal Hamd Sana-e-Ilahi Jo Maalik Har Har Da – Kalaam lyrics by the famous 19th century Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh (1830 – 1907)
  • Aimay Panj Wailay Marnan Ae Pheray, Maseeton Teinun Ki Labhna – Kalaam lyrics by another 18th century Sufi poet Bulleh Shah
  • Dam Dam Hussain Maula Hussain[1]
  • Jashan-e-Aamad-e-Rasool[1]
  • Tu Nahi Tay Tairiyan Yaadan Sahi[1]
  • Ganj Shakar, Walian Da Raja
  • Husan Walo Khuda Kay Liy Chordo, Aashiquon Ko Jalana Boorri Baat Hai
  • Banja Malang Ghaus Da

Like his famous cousin, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Badar Miandad Khan experimented with qawwali remix projects, in which traditional qawwali lyrics were performed to non-traditional instruments and contemporary beats. Working with producer/arranger/composer Suresh "Baba" Varma, Badar produced a best-selling qawwali fusion album, Good Karma 1.

Khan's Qawwali "Raataan Kaaliyaan / Black Night" was featured on famous American TV show Breaking Bad's Season 3 Episode 7.


Badar Miandad died on 2 March 2007 in Lahore due to a heart attack, after two years of cardiac trouble, complications from diabetes and blood pressure problems. A few months ago, he was also struck by paralysis. He had been bed-ridden for the last two years and had quit singing qawwali one year ago.[1]

His younger brother Sher Miandad who also is a well-known qawwali singer told newspaper reporters, after his death, that he had suffered a heart attack five years ago and then suffered another fatal heart attack again on 2 March 2007, when he died.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Qawwal Badar Miandad passes away". Dawn (newspaper). 3 March 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Jannat Ki Talash listed as Best Film of 1999 on website Retrieved 6 June 2018
  3. ^ Filmography of Badar Miandad on IMDb website Retrieved 6 June 2018

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