Shafqat Ali Khan

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Shafqat Ali Khan
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Shafqat Ali Khan in 2009
Born17 June 1972
Occupationclassical music singer
Years active1979– present
RelativesSharafat Ali Khan (brother)
AwardsPride of Performance Award (2009)
Ambassador for Peace Award by Universal Peace Federation Washington (2018)

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] In 2018, Shafqat Ali Khan has been selected as ambassador for peace by Universal Peace Federation held in Washington, D.C.[6][7] In his message, Shafqat thanks to his fans and said that he has displayed the country's soft image and message of peace in the world through his music.[8][9]


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] Shafqat ali khan has many students all over India and Pakistan. Shafqat Ali Khan has two sons, Faizan Ali Khan and Nadir Ali Khan, they are singing with their father in concerts these days.


  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 December 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2018
  3. ^ a b c d Nabeel Anwar Dhakku (31 December 2014). "Living legend wants state to preserve classical music". Pakistan: Dawn. 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
  6. ^ "Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan Deployed As Ambassador of Peace – Abb Takk News".
  7. ^ "Ustad Shafqat ali Khan Selected As Ambassador Of Peace – Abb Takk News".
  8. ^ "Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan deployed as Ambassador of Peace | Pakistan Today".
  9. ^ "Ustad Shafqat Ali selected ambassador for peace". The Frontier Post. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2021.