Shafqat Amanat Ali

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Shafqat Amanat Ali
Shafqat Amanat Ali at Tri Nation Mega Festival
Shafqat Amanat Ali at Tri Nation Mega Festival
Background information
Born (1965-02-26) 26 February 1965 (age 56)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
GenresRock music, Sufi, playback singing, classical music
Years active2000–present
Associated actsFuzön, The Dewarists, Coke Studio

Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan (Urdu: شفقت امانت علی خان‎), (born 26 February 1965) is a Pakistani classical singer belonging to Patiala Gharana lineage.[1][2] He was the lead vocalist of the Pakistani rock band Fuzön until 2006.[3] He was awarded the President's Pride of Performance civil award on 23 March 2008.[4]

Early life and background[edit]

Shafqat Amanat Ali was born into a Punjabi Muslim family in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan to Ustad Amanat Ali Khan and his wife Almas Amanat Ali Khan, on 26 February 1965 making him the ninth generation of Patiala Gharana. He is the youngest brother of the late Asad Amanat Ali Khan. He received his bachelor's degree from Government College University, Lahore (now known as GC University). He received the roll of honour from the Music Society of Government College University, Lahore, which was led by Tariq Farani till 17 January 2021.[5]


"Aankhon Ke Saagar," "Khamaj," "Ankhiyan" and "Mitwa" are some of his most popular works. He also sang the songs "Phir Wohi Raastey" and "Allah Megh De" for a Pakistani film named Ramchand Pakistani.[6]

Shafqat was introduced to Bollywood by Shankar Mahadevan. One morning while driving to his studio, he heard Shafqat's hit song "Aankhon Ke Saagar" on the radio. He immediately called the radio jockey who was his friend and got Shafqat's contact number. Shafqat sang "Mitwa" composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy for the movie Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.[7] The song was listed in the top charts in India, helping propel Shafqat into stardom.[8] He was the voice behind the critically acclaimed song "Yeh Honsla" [sic] in the Bollywood film Dor. He sang background for the films Hello and Mumbai Cutting.[9][10] His songs "Mora Saiyaan" and "Tere Bina" were featured in Nagesh Kukunoor's Hyderabad Blues 2.

After leaving the band Fuzon in 2006, Shafqat concentrated on his solo career.[11] Based on folk and Sufi works, the album Tabeer was commissioned and released by Music Today in mid-September 2008.[12][13][14]

The first video of the premier song of the album, "Khairheyan De Naal", was aired on all channels in India and Pakistan.[15] He has fondly been nicknamed the "Rock star Ustad" by Saleem Merchant of the Saleem-Suleman duo.[16] He also appeared on the Rubaroo episode of Indian Idol 4.[17] He released his second solo album Kyun Dooriyan in 2010. It included a couple of songs — "Kaga Ja" and "Naal Naal" — which he had written during his time with Fuzon.[18]





  • "Imtehan Hai Imtehan" (2010)[23]
  • "Tu Hi Tu Hai" (2006)[24]

Coke Studio (Pakistan)[edit]

Season 2 (2009)[edit]

  • "Khamaaj"
  • "Aankhon Kay Sagar"
  • "Mahi Ve"
  • "Kuch Ajab Khail"

Season 10 (2017)[edit]

  • "National Anthem"
  • "Allah Hu Akbar"
  • "Bol"
  • "Maula Tera Noor"

The Dewarists[edit]

Season 2 (2012) Episode 1[edit]

Pakistani Drama Serial OST[edit]

Hindi/Urdu film soundtracks[edit]

Year Song Film Co-Singer Music Director
2017 "TBA" Azaadi[27] Solo Sahir Ali Bagga
"Tere Naal" Punjab Nahi Jaungi Solo Shani Arshad
2016 "Piya Dekhan Ko" "Mah e Mir" Solo Various
"Kuch Nahi" Tubelight Solo Pritam
2015 "Main Nai Jaana Pardes"[28] Tevar[29] Solo Sajid–Wajid
2014 "Bhugol" Filmistaan Shabab Shabri Arijit Datta
"Jeenay Chalay" Dukhtar Solo Sahir Ali Bagga, Peter Nashel
"Manchala" Hasee Toh Phasee Nupur Pant Vishal–Shekhar
2013 "Jera Vi" Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Solo Shani & Kami
"Tera Mera Naam" Akaash Vani Hitesh Sonik
2012 "Zindagi Se" Raaz 3D Jeet Gannguli
"Ya Maula" Maximum Amjad Nadeem
"Tu Hi Mera" Jannat 2 Pritam
"Jannat 2 (Mashup)" KK, Nikhil D'Souza, Javed Ali & Anupam Amod
"Darmiyaan" Jodi Breakers Clinton Cerejo Salim–Sulaiman
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
"Kyun Mein Jagoon" Patiala House Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
"Kyun Mein Jagoon" (Remix)
"Kyun Mein Jagoon" (Reprise)
2010 "Tere Naina" My Name Is Khan Solo Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
"Bin Tere" I Hate Luv Storys Sunidhi Chauhan Vishal-Shekhar
2008 "Carvaan" Hello Solo Sajid–Wajid
"Allah Megh De" Ramchand Pakistani Shubha Mudgal Debojyoti Mishra
"Phir Wahi Raaste" Solo
"Tarrin Paunda"
2006 "Yeh Honsla" Dor Salim Merchant Salim–Sulaiman
"Mitwa" Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Shankar Mahadevan, Caralisa Monteiro Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
"Mitwa" (Revisited)

Awards and honours[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Notes
Filmfare Awards
2012 Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer "Dildaara" – Ra.One Nominated [30]
"Bin Tere" – I Hate Luv Storys Nominated
IIFA Awards
2012 IIFA Award for Best Male Playback Singer "Bin Tere" – I Hate Luv Storys Nominated [31][32]
GiMA Awards
2012 GiMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer "Bin Tere" – I Hate Luv Storys Nominated [33]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
2012 Best Playback Singer – Male "Tere Naina" – My Name Is Khan Nominated
Global Indian Film Awards
2006 GIFA Best Male Playback Singer Award "Mitwa" – Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna Won [34]
Zee Cine Awards
2012 Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer – Male "Dildaara" – Ra.One Nominated [35][36]
2013 "Tu Hi Mera" – Jannat 2 Nominated
Pakistan Media Award
2011 Best Playback Singer – Male Nominated
The Musik Awards
2008 Most Wanted Male Won
2008 Pride of Performance Award [4] by the President of Pakistan Won


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  31. ^ "Nominations".
  32. ^ "I'm thrilled to be nominated for the IIFA Awards".
  33. ^ "GIMA Awards 2011 announced".
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