Shafqat Ali Khan

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Shafqat Ali Khan
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Shafqat Ali Khan in 2009
Born17 June 1972
NationalityPakistani
Occupationclassical music singer
Years active1979- present
AwardsPride of Performance Award in 2009

Shafqat Ali Khan (born 17 June 1972) is a classical singer of the khyal vocal genre, from Pakistan, belonging to the Sham Chaurasia gharana.[1][2]

The youngest son of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan,[2][3] Shafqat began performing from the age of seven, when he appeared at the Lahore Music Festival at Lahore, Pakistan in 1979.[4]

Shafqat Ali Khan is the custodian of a four hundred year legacy of classical music. A major Pakistani English language newspaper reportedly commented about him, "This line of musicians began with Mian Chand Ali Khan and Mian Suraj Ali Khan who used to quell the heart and soul of Mughal Emperor Akbar by singing for him."[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Describing a performance by Shafqat Ali Khan, The New York Times wrote, "exuberant complications, in which melodic gestures join hand-waving and synchronized finger-pointing to form an eloquent symbiosis."[1] Khan has received numerous awards including the Amir Khusro Award in 1986,[2] a Ghanda Award from New Delhi University in 1995 and a gold medal from Faisalabad University in 2004.[2]

Shafqat Ali Khan received the Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 2009.[3][5]

Career[edit]

Besides performing in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Shafqat Ali Khan has performed concerts throughout Europe and in the United States and Canada. His recording labels are HMV (UK), EMI (India), EMI (Pakistan), WaterLily Acoustics (USA), MegaSound (India) and Folk Heritage (Pakistan).[5][1]

Shafqat Ali Khan feels that since classical music is not commercial, all classical singers and other persons related to classical music can not earn enough to make a decent living for themselves. So they should be given additional monthly support income by the Pakistani government.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Interview with Shafqat Ali Khan by Ally Adnan The Friday Times (newspaper), Published 26 December 2014, Retrieved 26 November 2018
  2. ^ a b c d Tributes paid to the classical singers Daily Times (newspaper), published 19 Dec 2015, Retrieved 26 November 2018
  3. ^ a b c d Nabeel Anwar Dhakku (31 December 2014). "Living legend wants state to preserve classical music". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  4. ^ Profile of Shafqat Ali Khan Published Jan 2011, Retrieved 26 November 2018
  5. ^ a b Shafqat Ali Khan's music and music labels Retrieved 26 November 2018