Ghulam Ali (singer)
Ghulam Ali in Chennai
|Native name||استاد غلام علی|
5 December 1940 |
Kaleki, Sialkot District
Ustad Ghulam Ali (born 5 December 1940) is a Pakistani ghazal singer of the Patiala gharana . He is not to be confused with the Indian singer Bade Ghulam Ali Khan (of whom he was a disciple) or Chhote Ghulam Ali, who is another Pakistani singer in the "Qawwal Bachon ka Gharana".
Ghulam Ali is considered as one of the best ghazal singers of his era. His style and variations in singing Ghazals has been noted as unique, as he blended Hindustani classical music with ghazals, unlike any other Ghazal singer. Highly popular in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, as well as amongst South Asian diaspora in the USA, the UK and the Middle Eastern Countries. Many of his hit ghazals have been used in Bollywood movies. His famous ghazals are Chupke Chupke Raat Din, Kal Chaudhvin Ki Raat Thi, Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, Kiya Hai Pyar Jisé, May Nazar Sé Pee Rahahoon, Mastana Peeyé, Yé dil yé pagal dil, Apni Dhoon Mein,"Ham ko kis k gham ne mara", His recent album "Hasratein" was nominated in the Best Ghazal Album category at Gima 2014.
Recently due to protest by Shiv Sena at Mumbai his concert was cancelled.after this he got invitation from Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee and U.P CM Akhilesh Yadav. After this cancellation he performed at Lucknow. And in Trivandrum, and Kozhikode, Kerala.
In a news reported recently Ghulam Ali has said that he won't perform in India in the future. He said that he does not want to be used for political mileage.
Early life and background
Ali was born in the village of Kalekay in the Tehsil Pasrur Sialkot District of Punjab, in 1940 in British India now Pakistan. He belongs to a musical family, his father was a vocalist and a sarangi player who initiated Ghulam Ali to music from his childhood.
Ali's father named him after Bade Ghulam Ali. At age 15, he became a student of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, a master of the Patiala Gharana of Hindustani music. Due to the busy schedule of Bade Ghulam Ali, he was trained mainly by Bade Ghulam Ali Khan's three brothers, Barqat Ali Khan, Mubarak Ali Khan, and Amanat Ali Khan, in Lahore.
His name 'Ghulam' was given by his father, a great fan of Bade Ghulam Ali Khansaab. He used to live in Lahore. He had always been listening to Khansaab since childhood.
Ghulam Ali encountered Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khansaab, an unparalled legend of classical music for the first time when he was in early teens. When Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khansaab had come to Kabul, Ghulam Ali's father requested the Ustad to take his son as a disciple. But the maestro insisted that since he was hardly in town, regular training wouldn't be possible. But after repeated requests from Ghulam Ali's father, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khansaab asked the young Ghulam Ali to sing something. It wasn't easy to sing before him. He mustered the courage to sing the Thumri "Saiyyan Bolo Tanik Mose Rahiyo Na Jaye..". After he finished, Ustad hugged him and made him his disciple.
Ghulam Ali started singing for Radio Lahore in 1960. Along with singing ghazals, Ghulam Ali composes music for his bhajan. His compositions are raga-based and sometimes include a scientific mixture of ragas. He is known for blending gharana-gaayaki into ghazal and this gives his singing the capability to touch hearts. He beautifully sings Punjabi songs too. Most of his Punjabi songs have been extremely popular. Though from Pakistan, Ghulam Ali remains as popular in India as in Pakistan.
He entered Hindi cinema with a Hindi film song Chupke Chupke Raat Din in B. R. Chopra's film, Nikaah (1982). Other popular ghazals include Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa and Awaargi. He always selected the ghazals of famous poets. One of his ghazal 'Hum ko kis ke gham ne mara' written by Masroor Anwar was a top hit.
On being questioned about Pakistani pop groups, Ghulam Ali replied, "Frankly, I am really bewildered at their style of singing. How can you sing a song by running and jumping around the stage? The stage is meant for performing not for acrobatics."
Ali has also sung some beautiful Nepali ghazals like Kina kina timro tasveer, Gajalu tee thula thula aankha, Lolaaeka tee thula and Ke chha ra diun in Nepali language with Narayan Gopal, a well known Nepali singer, and composer Deepak Jangam.Those songs were written by King Mahendra of Nepal These songs were compiled in an album entitled Narayan Gopal, Ghulam Ali Ra Ma, and are popular among Nepali music lovers to this day.
One of his memorable concerts was at the Taj Mahal. On being asked about the future of ghazal singers, he said he enjoyed popular ghazal singer Adithya Srinivasan's ghazals, who performed the opening act at his concert in 2012 at Bangalore. Recently, in February 2013, the maestro became the first person to receive the Bade ghulam ali khan award. Commenting on this, he said," I am indebted to the indian government for giving me this award. For me, it is the greatest award I have received because it is named after my guru." He also got the first Swaralaya Global Legend Award, 2016 at Trivandrum, Kerala, India.
- Aah ko chahiye ek umr asar hone tak (Poet: The Great Mirza Ghalib)
- Ae husn-ae lala faam
- Ae husn-e-beparwah tujhe shola kahoon ya shabnam kahoon (Poet: Bashir Badr)
- Apni Dhun Mein Rehta Hun Mai Bhi Tere Jaisa Hun (Poet: Nasir Kazmi)
- Apni Tasveer Ko Aankhon Se
- Arz-e-gham say bhi faida tou nahain (Poet: Raees Warsi)
- Shaki Sharab La
- Baharon ko Chaman
- Barsan Lagi Sawan Bundiya Raja (Poet: Traditional)
- Bata do tum humein bedaad karna (Poet: Riaz Khairabadi)
- Bechain bahut phir na ghabrayen huyen rehna (Poet: Munir Niazi)
- Chamakte Chand Ko Tuta Hua Tara Bana Dala
- Chhup Chhupa Ke Piyo
- Chupke Chupke Raat Din (Poet: Hasrat Mohani)
- Dard-e-dil dard aashna jaane (Poet: Bahadur Shah Zafar)
- Dareeche Be-sada Koi Nahin Hai (Poet: Sabir Zafar)
- Dil Buk Buk Ahro
- Dil Jala Ke Mera Muskuraate Hain Woh
- Dil dhadakne ka sabab ( Poet: Nasir Kazmi )
- Dil Mein Ek Leher Si Uthi Hai Abhi (Poet: Nasir Kazmi)
- Fasle Aise Bhi Honge (Poet: Adeem Hashmi)
- Gajalu Ti Thula Thula Aankha" (Poet: Mahendra of Nepal)
- Hadaff-e-Gham na kiya sing-e-mallamat nay mujhay (Poet: Raees Warsi)
- Hum Tere Shahar Mein Aaye Hain
- Hum To Kitno Ko Mehzabeen Kehte Hain
- Humko Kiske Gham Ne Mara' ( Poet: Masroor Anwar )
- Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa (Akbar Allahabadi)
- Itni muddat baad mile ho (Poet: Mohsin Naqvi)
- Jin ke honton pe hansi
- Kabhi aah labh pe nikal gayee (Poet: Rashid Kamil)
- Kabhi neki mein mujhe
- Kachhi Deewar Hoon Thokar Na Lagana
- Kaisi Chali Hai Abke Hawa
- Kal Chaudhvin Ki Raat Thi (Ibn-e-Insha)
- Kal Raat Bazm mein jo mila
- Kehte Hai Mujhse Ishq Ka Afsana Chahiye (Qamar Jalalabadi)
- Khuli Jo Aankh (Poet: Farhat Shehzad)
- Khushboo Gunche Talash Karti Hain
- Khushboo Jaise Log Mile
- Ki Pucchde Ho Haal
- Kina Kina Timro Tasveer
- Kiya Hai Pyaar Jise (Poet: Qateel Shifai)
- koi humnafas nahi hai
- Main Nazar Se Pee Raha Hoon
- c (Poet: Qamar Jalalvi)
- Mehfil Mein Baar Baar (Agha Bismil)
- Mera Kya Tha Tere Hisaab Mein
- Mere shoq da nai aitbar tenu
- Niyat-e-shauq bhar na jayen kahin (Poet: Nasir Kazmi)
- Ni Chambe Diye Bandh
- Patta Patta Boota Boota (Poet: Meer Taqi Meer)
- Paara Paara Huan Pairaahan-e-jaan (Poet: Syed Razid-e-Ramzi)
- Phir Sawan Rut Ki Pawan Chali Tum Yaad Aaye (Poet: Nasir Kazmi)
- Rabba Mere Haal Da
- Ranj Ki Jab Guftagu Hone Lagi (Poet: Daag Dehlavi)
- Roya Karenge Aap Bhi (Poet: Momin Khan Momin)
- Shauq Har Rang Raqeeb E Sar O Samaan Nikla (Poet: The Great Mirza Ghalib)
- Tak Patri Waaleya Lekh Mere
- Tamaam Umr Tera Intazaar Kiya (Poet: Hameez Hoshiarpuri)
- Tumhare Khat Mein Naya Ik Salaam (Poet: Daag Dehlavi)
- Ufri muhabat haye jawani, hijr ki rut
- Woh Kabhi Mil Jayen To (Poet: Akhtar Sheerani)
- Woh Jo Hum Mein Tum Mein Qarar Tha (Poet: Momin Khan Momin)
- Yeh Batein Jhooti Batein Hain
- Yeh Dil Yeh Pagal Dil (Poet: Mohsin Naqvi)
- Zakhm-e-Tanhai Mein Khusboo-e-Heena Kiski ThiDeat 15 November 2006 in pakistaan
- Zehaal-e-miskin mukun tagaphul (Poet: Amir Khusroo)
- Tere Shahar Mein - 1996
- Lamha Lamha - 1997
- Mahtab - 1997
- Madhosh - 1999
- Rabba Yaar Milade - 2000
- Passions - 2000
- Visaal - 2004
- Aabshaar - 2006
- Parchhaiyan - 2006
- Husn-E-Ghazal - 2007
- The Enchanter - 2010
- Anjuman Behtareen Ghazlen
- At His Very Best
- Ghazalain – Live at Islamabad
- Great Ghazals
- Geet Aur Ghazals
- Hungama Live in Concert Vol.1
- Haseen Lamhen
- Live in USA Vol 2 – Private Mehfil Series
- Live in USA Vol 1 – Private Mehfil Series
- Mast Nazren -Ecstatic Glances Live in London, 1984
- Narayan Gopal, Ghulam Ali Ra Ma (Nepali Ghazals)
- Once More
- Poems of Love
- Suraag – In Concert
- The Golden Moments – Patta Patta Boota Boota
- The Finest Recordings of Ghulam Ali
- The Golden Collection
- With Love
- Kalaam-E-Mohabbat (Ghazals written by Sant Darshan Singh Ji)
- Chupke Chupke – Live in Concert, England
- Rang Tarang vol 1,2
- Janay Walay
- Ghulam Ali – The Very Best
- Ghulam Ali – Mehfil – Collection From Live Concerts
- The Best of Ghulam Ali
- Lag Gaya Nain
- Awargi—Ghulam Ali – Vocal CDNF418/419 Live. Vol.3 & 4.
- Aadaab Ustad (Ghazals)
- Ghulam Ali Vol.1 and 2
- A Ghazal Treat – Ghulam Ali in Concert
- Ghulam Ali in Concert
- Awargi (Live) Vol 1 and 2
- Moods and Emotions
- Ek Ehsaas – A Confluence of the Finest Ghazal Voices
- Best of Ghulam Ali
- Greatest Hits Of
- The Golden Moments Ghulam Ali Vol.1
- A Live Concert
- The Best of Ghulam Ali
- Once More
- Ghulam Ali Live at India Gate – Swar Utsav 2001 – Songs of the Wandering Soul
- Ghalib – Ghazals – Ghulam Ali – Mehdi Hassan
- The Latest,the best"\
- Miraz-E-Ghazal, Ghulam Ali & Asha Bhosale
- "Pakistan Singer Ghulam Ali's Concert in Mumbai Cancelled After Shiv Sena Threat". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
- "Ghulam Ali Performs in Lucknow, Meets Akhilesh Yadav". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
- "Ghulam Ali doesn’t want to be used for political mileage; won’t perform in India". Zee News. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
- Ghulam Ali at the Internet Movie Database
- Ghulam Ali sings in praise of the Taj. The Times of India. 10 July 2007
- "Deccan Chronicle / Music : From the words of Ghalib ...". Deccan Chronicle. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- "Adithya Srinivasan Opening Act Ghulam Ali – Live in Concert / Music : Adithya Srinivasan Opening Act Ghulam Ali – Live in Concert". Imagine Events. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- Lyrics and English Translations of Compositions of Ghulam Ali
- Ghulam Ali
- List Of Ghulam Ali Ghazals & more
- Ghulam Ali Concert
- Ustad Ghulam Ali Live in Concert Windsor