Shafqat Amanat Ali
Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan
شفقت امانت علی خان
|Born||26 February 1965|
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Years active||2000 – present|
Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan (Urdu: شفقت امانت علی خان), (born 26 February 1965) is a Pakistani pop and classical singer, songwriter and composer belonging to the Patiala Gharana tradition of music. He was the lead vocalist of the Pakistani pop rock band Fuzön until 2006 and is a prominent playback singer in the Indian film industry. Ali was awarded the highest national literary award of Pakistan, the Presidential Pride of Performance on 23 March 2008 for his contributions to the arts. In July 2020, he was included on the New York Press News Agency's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Asia/UK/EU.
Early life and background
Shafqat Amanat Ali was born into a Punjabi Muslim family in Lahore, Pakistan to noted classical singer, Ustad Amanat Ali Khan and his wife Almas Amanat Ali Khan, on 26 February 1965, making him the seventh generation of the Patiala Gharana, founded in the mid-late 19th century by his great grandfather, Ali Baksh 'Jarnail' Khan. He is one of seven siblings, the youngest brother of prominent vocalist Asad Amanat Ali Khan, and nephew to Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan and Ustad Hamid Ali Khan.
Ali began training in classical music at the age of four and considers his grandmother his first teacher while listing his grandfather, Ustad Akhtar Hussain as his guru. Referring to his preliminary training with his grandmother, Ali narrates: "the discipline she inculcated in me and the way in which she passed on anecdotes of ragas led me to an understanding of each bandish." Ali completed his musical training primarily under the tutelage of his uncle, Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan, although he has stated that he learned music from his brothers, sisters, and aunts as well. Ali was only nine years old when he lost his father, but has mentioned that he considers him his greatest inspiration and influence in his musical journey and creative process, revealing in an interview: "I have always wanted to be like him, sing like him, look like him. He is my inspiration. It is a compliment for me if someone says that I sound like him."
Ali has described his upbringing as being fairly strict and recalls that he (along with his brothers and cousins) was expected to train rigorously and do riyaz (practice) for several hours a day even as a child. He notes: "Growing up, music was all around us day in and day out and every elder could correct us and guide us. The endless practice sessions seemed boring and tedious as a child. Each nuance had to be practiced again and again, till we could perfect it as per the standards of our elders. And they would then command us to practice some more. The practice had to be done sitting cross-legged on the floor and one’s legs would hurt. It was both emotionally and physically draining, but in hindsight this was a small price to pay for achieving perfection in our art." Similarly, in another interview, he stated: "we were constantly given feedback on our singing...which continued for seven to eight hours per day or basically anytime we were not in school. Everyone in the family knew music so anyone who would pass by and hear me doing riyaz would correct me if I was going wrong or attempting something difficult."
Exposed to numerous genres of music from a young age, Ali gravitated towards Sufi music fairly early on, drawn to its emphasis on humanism, spirituality, peace and tolerance. He recalls visiting and spending time in various dargahs as a child and being enthralled by qawwali and other forms of devotional music being sung by Sufi practitioners, noting that these early experiences with Sufi expression and philosophies helped shape his own approach to music later in life.
Ali attended Rang Mahal Mission High School and Sacred Heart High School in Lahore and earned his Bachelor's degree in 1988 from Government College University, Lahore (now known as GC University). He routinely took part in music competitions while in high school, and as a college student, performed regularly in music festivals and shows in Lahore and beyond, quickly establishing himself in the local music scene. Ali notes that listening to The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Doors, and Michael Jackson while in college was particularly impactful for him, helping him learn how to dissect rhythm and also look for commonalities across musical genres. He describes that "there was a sense of adventure [in] listening to these divergent sounds" and that "when I would hear these western songs, I would often do alap over [them] and incorporate classical improvisations [in]to these songs." Ali was the first person in his family to go to college and graduated with the Roll of Honour from the Music Society of Government College University, in addition to being the college colour-holder in music.
Ali has stated in various interviews that he is an admirer of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Pandit Jasraj, Ravi Shanker, Manna Dey, and Roshan Ara Begum, and lists Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle as his favourite playback singers.
2002–2004: Career beginnings, work with Fuzön, and rise to prominence
After graduating from college, Ali moved to Karachi, Pakistan to work with various composers, producers and music arrangers to get his first music album off the ground. He describes this period of his life as a time of struggle and remembers sleeping many a night inside vocal booths and in the lobbies of various studios. Due to several issues, his initial album did not eventually receive a release by the record label he had been working with. During this period, he sang numerous jingles for TV commercials while simultaneously continuing to work on his own music, recalling in an interview: "I cannot forget my days of struggle in Karachi, I did everything that came my way, right from singing jingles to voiceovers and every other odd job related to singing."
It was during this time that Ali met his soon-to-be bandmates, and together they went on to form the pop rock band Fuzön. Ali describes that the name of the band was a reference to their unique brand of music that 'fused' together elements of modern soft rock with traditional Hindustani classical, Pakistani folk and Sufi music. Aankhon Ke Saagar was the first song to be composed and recorded for their debut album Saagar (2002, Virgin Records), followed by Khamaj (Mora Saiyaan), and both songs went on to become enormously popular in both Pakistan and neighbouring India. The songs Khamaj (Mora Saiyaan) and Teray Bina from Saagar were featured in the soundtrack of Nagesh Kukunoor's 2004 film, Hyderabad Blues 2. Saagar also made history by becoming the first studio album to be released by a band simultaneously in both India and Pakistan.
2006: Breakthrough in Bollywood and rising popularity
Ali was introduced to the Indian film industry by singer and music composer Shankar Mahadevan. One morning while driving to his studio, he heard Aankhon Ke Saagar on the radio and immediately called the radio jockey who was his friend, to get Ali's phone number. Ali eventually went on to sing the massively popular Sufi rock ballad Mitwa, composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy for the movie Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) starring Shah Rukh Khan. The song topped musical charts across India, helping propel Ali into stardom. The same year, he also sang the song Yeh Honsla (composed by Salim–Sulaiman) from the Hindi movie Dor. Ali gained significant recognition and critical acclaim for this song which he describes as "simple, uncomplicated and serene – a true prayer to the soul." Since his Bollywood debut with Mitwa, Ali has worked prolifically as a playback singer for Hindi movies, with Bin Tere, Phir Le Aaya Dil (Redux), Teri Jhuki Nazar, Dildaara, Darmiyaan, Kyun Main Jagoon, Tu Hi Mera, and Tere Naina being some of his most popular Indian (Hindi) movie songs.
2008–2011: Two solo albums and work in Coke Studio
After leaving the band Fuzön in 2006, Ali chose to concentrate on his solo career as a vocalist. Based on folk and Sufi works, his debut solo album Tabeer was commissioned by the Music Today label and released in September 2008. The video of the premiere song of the album, Khaireyan De Naal, was aired on all music channels in India and Pakistan. Ali composed and sang a modified version of this song for the Bollywood movie Tevar in 2015. In 2008, Ali sang the songs Phir Wohi Raastey and Allah Megh De for the award-winning Pakistani film Ramchand Pakistani which highlighted the plight of cross-border prisoners in both India and Pakistan. Also in 2008, Ali wrote, composed and sang the song Paiman to raise awareness about maternal and neonatal health and wellbeing. The song and its music video were part of a USAID-funded health communication initiative called PAIMAN (Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns), with partner support from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs and Aga Khan University among others.
In 2009, Ali featured prominently in Season 2 of Coke Studio Pakistan, where he performed three of his songs — Khamaj, Aankhon Ke Saagar, and Ajab Khail — with variations in arrangement and orchestration, produced by Rohail Hyatt, the co-creator of Coke Studio. In the same season, he also sang the song Mahi Ve, where he collaborated with the Canadian Bhangra band Josh.
Ali released his second solo album Kyun Dooriyan in 2010, under the Music Today label. It included a couple of songs — Paharhi and Naal Naal — he had written and composed during his time with Fuzön, but revamped for the album. Kyun Dooriyan was a stylistic departure for Ali in that many of its songs had a distinct rock feel, compared to his previous album, Tabeer, which was significantly mellower in tone and thematically more spiritual.
In 2011, Ali appeared in Season 1 of Coke Studio India, where he sang four songs produced by Leslee Lewis, including modified renditions of Akhian (from Saagar) and Kya Haal Sunawan (from Kyun Dooriyan). The same year, he also wrote, composed and sang the song Yahaan, aimed at highlighting the natural beauty and diversity of the Gilgit-Baltistan region and promoting cultural tourism in the area.
2012–2015: Third solo album and work in MTV Unplugged
In 2012, Ali performed six songs on MTV Unplugged India (Season 2), including reinterpreted versions of Aankhon Ke Saagar, Khamaj (Mora Saiyaan), and Yeh Honsla. He also wrote and performed a new song — Manmaniyan — in the same season, composed by noted film score composer Ranjit Barot, a long-time associate of A. R. Rahman.
Shafqat Amanat Ali's third solo album Muh Dikhai: Unveiling The Songs Of Eternal Love was released in March 2015 under the Times Music label and included several Punjabi songs. The album featured an assortment of sentimental ballads, pop, rock, and Sufi devotional songs. Ali did not focus on any specific genre for this album, choosing to experiment instead with orchestration and arrangements. The album featured a reimagined rendition of the popular ghazal Dil Dharhaknay Ka Sabab, originally composed by Ali's father, Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, and written by the well-known poet Nasir Kazmi, with veteran Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah featuring in the music video.
2017: Return to Coke Studio
In 2017, after a long hiatus from Coke Studio, Ali appeared again in Season 10 and performed several songs: Allahu Akbar (a traditional hamd written, composed and directed by Shuja Haider), and Maula Tera Noor and Bol (both composed by Shani Arshad). Ali sang Bol as a musical tribute to eminent Pakistani poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and received particular praise and critical acclaim for his dynamic vocal performance and versatility in Allahu Akbar. He also sang the national anthem of Pakistan in the same season, along with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ali Sethi, Aima Baig, Quartulain Balouch, Shuja Haider, Sahir Ali Bagga, and Ahmed Jehanzeb among others. All four songs were produced by Strings. Reflecting on the legacy of Coke Studio Pakistan and his own contributions to it, Ali remarked: "Coke Studio has played a big part in promoting Pakistani music globally. They’ve managed to bring our forte and our specialty to attention; these are the sounds that make Pakistani music different."
Musical philosophy and creative process
Ali believes that traditional classical music has an enduring appeal but that artistes need to present it in a simpler, more relatable way to popularise it with audiences today, claiming that "classical gayaki (singing) works with the modern audiences only when it is complemented with contemporary panache." In a 2020 interview, while referring to Khamaj (Mora Saiyaan), now a cult classic song, he asserted: "with Mora Saiyaan, set in raga Khamaj, I introduced the contemporary audience to a thumri…that my elders had been singing for generations. This is the beauty and timelessness of our classical music." Similarly, in other interviews, he has noted that "it was important to carry the rich heritage of our forefathers, but we also must improvise to connect with the younger generation of listeners," because "it is important to keep good music alive — it’s the soul of a civilisation."
In keeping with this, in all three of his solo albums, Ali consistently attempted to innovate and add a contemporary touch to traditional music in order to reposition it in the global music scene. While not deliberately trying to break convention, he sought to experiment stylistically with Hindustani classical ragas to make them more approachable and palatable for present-day audiences. Ali enjoys working with intersecting musical styles and blending elements of different genres together, contending that "music has no fixed rules" and that "one should not stick to one genre as a musician." Not surprisingly, infusing elements of classical ragas into his pop, soft rock and Sufi compositions is a distinct hallmark of Shafqat Amanat Ali's music, particularly salient in his solo albums. In an interview, he claimed: "blending eastern classical with western pop rock is what I love to do the most." He has also named some of his songs after the ragas they are based on.
Many of Ali's songs are noteworthy for prominent Sufi themes and imagery. Ali describes himself as being "inclined towards spirituality," stating in an interview that "one can draw from every religion and marry it with what one has learnt from one’s own religion to find a way to God. Being human, according to me, is spirituality. Someone who fights to bring peace and betterment to humanity is spiritual." Several of Ali's songs therefore revolve around Sufi themes of transformative spiritual love, mysticism, oneness of humankind, the quest for divine knowledge, and the anguish of separation from God (as the beloved). He also frequently uses or references the works of Sufi poets and philosophers such as Amir Khusrau, Bulleh Shah, and Khwaja Ghulam Farid in his own compositions.
Ali has lent his vocals to dozens of Pakistani drama (soap opera) soundtracks (known as OSTs) over the years, including the popular song Ik Sitam Aur Meri Jaan from Saiqa which he sang as a tribute to the legendary ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan. Continuing a tradition established by his father, Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, Ali has also sung numerous patriotic songs throughout his career which have been released regularly on the occasion of Pakistan's Independence Day, Resolution Day, and Defence Day.
Ali made an appearance on the "Rubaroo" episode of Indian Idol Season 4 in 2008. From October 2015 to January 2016, he served as a judge on Zee TV's Asia's Singing Superstar along with Shankar Mahadevan. He has also performed frequently on Virsa Heritage Revived — an entertainment and live music show that aired on PTV, hosted by Yousaf Salahuddin.
On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary in October 2018, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs commissioned and released a medley of Gandhi's favourite bhajan, Vaishnava Jana To, featuring 124 artistes from 124 countries. Ali represented Pakistan in the medley, paying homage to Gandhi, and stated: "this is a gesture of peace and the first step towards dialogue for peace. There are a lot of people...working for peace in both the countries because, at the end of the day, war doesn't do good to any country. I thought this is going to be a good way to melt [the] ice between both the countries." In 2019, on the occasion of Iqbal Day, Ali performed Allama Muhammad Iqbal's celebrated verse, Khudi Ka Sirr-e-Nihan, at the historic Lahore Fort in honour of the celebrated poet and philosopher.
In 2020, Ali was invited to serve on the Cultural, Heritage and Sports Advisory Board for the Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir by committee chairperson Shehryar Afridi. The advisory board was conceived as a creative alliance of media, music, and sports personalities with the aim of promoting Pakistan’s cultural heritage and legacy within the country and abroad.
Ali has sung in numerous languages including Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali and Gujarati and performs regularly in shows and concerts around the world. He has fondly been nicknamed the "Rockstar Ustad" by Salim Merchant of the Salim–Sulaiman duo.
- Saagar (2002)
- Tabeer (2008)
- Kyun Dooriyan (2010)
- Muh Dikhai (2015)
- Aa Do Kadiyan, 2004
- Tere Bagair Sajna, 2004
- Josh, 2007
- Yaad Toh Aayengay Hum Tum Ko, 2007
- Ram Rai (Guru Manyo Granth, album by Jagjit Singh), 2008
- Mujrai Khalq Mein (Noha recitation), 2008
- Jazba, 2009
- Lang Aaja, 2010
- Dil Hi To Hai (Dil Se), 2010
- Pakida (ARRK), 2010
- Yahaan, 2011
- Khudi Ka Sirr-e-Nihan (Adab E Khud Aa Gahi - Allama Iqbal Special), 2012
- Khird Kay Pass (Adab E Khud Aa Gahi - Allama Iqbal Special), 2012
- Dua (Global Sounds of Peace), 2013
- Dekho Kal Hamara Hai, 2014
- Muhafiz Aman Ke Hum Hain, 2015
- Ab Kaha Jao Gay (Dil Ka Mehram), 2015
- Mitti Diye Maayen, 2015
- Ye Matti Apnay Wattan Ki Hai, 2015
- Laagi Re Tose Lagi (Maestro's Studio Sessions), 2016
- Chhanan (Existential Sufi), 2017
- Kal Hii Ki Baat (Existential Sufi), 2017
- Samajh Na Aave, 2017
- Ae Watan Tera Bhala Ho, 2017
- Tu Salamat Watan, 2017
- Jashn-e-Azadi, 2017
- Official Anthem for Lahore Qalandars in Pakistan Super League Season II, 2017
- Jindadi, 2018
- Nain Mila, 2018
- Hain Ye Pasban, 2018
- Hamara Pakistan, 2018
- Sab Pakistani Miltay Hain, 2018
- Salam Ho Mere Watan Tujhe Salam, 2018
- Wardi, 2018
- Pehray Dekho Ya Ali, (Noha recitation), 2019
- Haye Haye Ay Lutiyan Vich Karbal De, (Noha recitation), 2019
- Fareyaad Mohammad Salay Aala, (Noha recitation), 2019
- Kya Hai Ali Ye Nutqay (Manqabat), 2019
- Kashmir song for Kashmir — "Youm e istehsal" 
- Zindagi Hai Pakistan, 2020
- Shafqat with Shafqat (Lakh Jatan/Khamaj), (Sufiscore), 2020
- Lassi (Sufiscore), 2020
- Hey Daata, 2020
- Ghar Angan, 2020
- Dil Dharkey Levies Levies, 2020
- Jo Na Mil Sake (Sufiscore), 2020
- Main Kya Janu (Sufiscore), 2020
- Baal Ke Deeva Dua Kar Di (Noha recitation), 2020
- Maujzaa, 2021
- Celebrity Premier League (CPL) Anthem, 2021
- Mahi (with Overload), 2006
- Tu Hi Tu Hai (from the compilation album Zindagi by Zubeen Garg), 2007
- Paiman (PAIMAN Project), 2008
- Imtehan Hai Imtehan (with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan), 2010
- Aye Mere Watan Tez Qadam Ho (with Fariha Pervez), 2010
- Let Go (with Fink and Salim–Sulaiman, for The Dewarists), 2012
- Deedar (with Northern Lights), 2017
- Mader-e-Meherban (with Abida Parveen and Sajjad Ali), 2021
Season 2 (2009)
- Aankhon Kay Saagar
- Mahi Ve (with the band Josh)
- Ajab Khail
Season 10 (2017)
- National Anthem of Pakistan
- Allahu Akbar
- Maula Tera Noor
Coke Studio (India), 2011 (Season 1, Episode 6)
- Aay Hari He
- Kya Haal Sunawan
- Tere Bin Dil Laage Na
MTV Unplugged, 2012 (Season 2, Episode 2)
- Mora Saiyaan
- Aankhon Ke Saagar
- Yeh Honsla
- Kyun Main Jagoon
- Aavo Saiyon
Songs for Pakistani Drama Soundtracks (OSTs)
- Jaye Kahan Yeh Dil from Jaye Kahan Yeh Dil (2005)
- Theme song from Matti (2005)
- Theme song from Makan (2006)
- Teri Yaad Aayi from Khamoshiyan (2008)
- Ik Sitam Aur Meri Jaan from Saiqa (2009)
- Kaisi Hain Dooriyan from Kaisi Hain Dooriyan (2009)
- Ishq Gumshuda from Ishq Gumshuda (2010)
- Haath Se Haath from Aman (2010)
- Jiya Na Jaye from Jiya Na Jaye (2013)
- Alvida from Alvida (2015)
- Makhmal from Makhmal (2015)
- Alif Allah Aur Insaan from Alif Allah Aur Insaan (2017)
- Lakin from Lakin (2017)
- Kahaan Mil Sake from Dhund (2017)
- Dil-e-Majboor from Dil-e-Majboor (2017)
- Ishq Ramzan from Ishq Ramzan (2017)
- Gustakh Ishq from Gustakh Ishq (2017)
- Kaahay Lagi Lagan from Aik Mohabbat Kafi Hai (2018)
- Tere Jaane Ke Baad from Tere Jaane Ke Baad (2018)
- Bewafa from Bewafa (2019)
- Thora Sa Haq from Thora Sa Haq (2019)
- Tum Akhiyon Ka Noor from Main Agar Chup Hoon (2020)
- Benaam from Benaam (2021)
Songs for film soundtracks
|2019||"Jaan e Mann"||Kaaf Kangana||Beena Khan||Naveed Nashad|
|2018||"Do Naina"||Bhaiaji Superhit||Aakanksha Sharma||Amjad Nadeem|
|"Piya Samaye"||Mulk||Arshad Hussain||Anurag Saikia|
|"Bahon Mein Teri"||Na Band Na Baraati||Solo||Ayaz Sonu|
|"Milon Ke Faasle"||Ishqeria||Altamash Faridi||Rashid Khan|
|2017||"TBA"||Azaadi||Solo||Sahir Ali Bagga|
|"Yaad Na Aawein"||Yalghaar||Solo||Syed Ali Hafeez|
|"Tere Naal Naal"||Punjab Nahi Jaungi||Solo||Shani Arshad|
|"Jogi"||Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana||Solo||Arko Pravo Mukherjee|
|"Tu Ban Ja Gali Benaras Ki"||Solo||Rashid Khan|
|"Ghawre Pherar Gaan"||Michael||Timir Biswas||Indrajit Dey|
|"Dila Thora Thair"||Yaar Annmulle 2||Solo||Daljit Singh|
|2016||"Piya Dekhan Ko"||"Mah e Mir"||Solo||Various|
|"Sama Paye Gayian"||Main Teri Tu Mera||Solo||Gurcharan Singh|
|"Yaari Yaari"||Bachaana||Solo||Prasad Sashte; Ali Sher|
|"Bachaana Mashup"||Benny Dayal, Usman Qureshi, Komal Ghaznfar||Prasad Sashte; Ali Sher|
|"Kaddi Aa Mil Yaar"||Bathinda Express||Solo||Gurcharan Singh|
|2015||"Main Nai Jaana Pardes"||Tevar||Solo||Sajid–Wajid|
|"Naina Baawre"||Munde Kamaal De||Solo||Farzan Faaiz|
|2014||"Bhugol"||Filmistaan||Shabab Shabri||Arijit Datta|
|"Jeenay Chaley"||Dukhtar||Solo||Sahir Ali Bagga, Peter Nashel|
|"Manchala"||Hasee Toh Phasee||Nupur Pant||Vishal–Shekhar|
|"Allah Waariyan"||Yaariyan||Solo||Arko Pravo Mukherjee|
|"Jo Dikhte Ho"||Kya Dilli Kya Lahore||Solo||Sandesh Shandilya|
|2013||"Jera Vi"||Main Hoon Shahid Afridi||Solo||Shani & Kami|
|"Tera Mera Naam"||Akaash Vani||Solo||Hitesh Sonik|
|"Ras Ke Bharey Tore Nain"||Satyagraha||Solo||Aadesh Shrivastava|
|"Teri Jhuki Nazar"||Murder 3||Solo||Pritam|
|2012||"Zindagi Se"||Raaz 3D||Solo||Jeet Gannguli|
|"Ya Maula"||Maximum||Solo||Amjad Nadeem|
|"Tu Hi Mera"||Jannat 2||Solo||Pritam|
|"Jannat 2 (Mashup)"||KK, Nikhil D'Souza, Javed Ali & Anupam Amod|
|"Darmiyaan"||Jodi Breakers||Clinton Cerejo||Salim–Sulaiman|
|"Phir Le Aaya Dil" (Redux)||Barfi!||Solo||Pritam|
|2011||"Dildaara (Stand by Me)"||Ra.One||Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Clinton Cerejo||Vishal–Shekhar|
|"Chayee Hai Tanhayee"||Love Breakups Zindagi||Salim Merchant, Shruti Pathak||Salim–Sulaiman|
|"Jaane Kyun" (Sufi version)||Always Kabhi Kabhi||Solo||Pritam|
|"Tere Bin Mera Jeevan"||Love Possible||Solo||Afsar Sajid|
|"Kyun Main Jagoon"||Patiala House||Solo||Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy|
|"Kyun Main Jagoon" (Remix)|
|"Kyun Main Jagoon" (Unplugged)|
|"Poore Se Zara Sa Kam Hai"
|2010||"Tere Naina"||My Name Is Khan||Solo||Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy|
|"Bin Tere"||I Hate Luv Storys||Sunidhi Chauhan||Vishal-Shekhar|
|"Shukriya Zindagi" (sad)|
|2009||"Tum Mile - Rock"||Tum Mile||Solo||Pritam|
|"Allah Megh De"||Ramchand Pakistani||Shubha Mudgal||Debojyoti Mishra|
|"Phir Wahi Raaste"||Solo|
|"Tishna Tishna Dil"||Zindagi Tere Naam||Sunidhi Chauhan||Sajid–Wajid|
|"Allah Ke Nur"||Chaturanga||Solo||Debojyoti Mishra|
|"Moula Tere Bina"|
|2006||"Yeh Honsla"||Dor||Salim Merchant||Salim–Sulaiman|
|"Yeh Honsla" (Sad version)||Solo|
|"Mitwa"||Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna||Shankar Mahadevan, Caralisa Monteiro||Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy|
Awards and honours
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result||Notes|
|2012||Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer||"Dildaara" – Ra.One||Nominated|||
|"Bin Tere" – I Hate Luv Storys||Nominated|
|2012||IIFA Award for Best Male Playback Singer||"Bin Tere" – I Hate Luv Storys||Nominated|||
|2012||GiMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer||"Bin Tere" – I Hate Luv Storys||Nominated|||
|BIG Star Entertainment Awards|
|2012||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Tere Naina" – My Name Is Khan||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards|
|2012||Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer – Male||"Dildaara" – Ra.One||Nominated|||
|2013||"Tu Hi Mera" – Jannat 2||Nominated|
|Pakistan Media Award|
|2011||Best Playback Singer – Male||Nominated|
|The Musik Awards|
|2008||Most Wanted Male||Won|
|Pride of Performance Award|
|2008||Pride of Performance Award ||by the President of Pakistan||Won|
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- Ali Baksh Jarnail
- Akhtar Hussain
- Amanat Ali Khan
- Bade Fateh Ali Khan
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