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Alamgir

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Alamgir (Urdu: عالمگیر) is a famous Pakistani pop singer of the 1970s, who is in fact one of the pioneers of the Urdu pop music in Pakistan.
Alamgir was born in 1954 to Bengali parents in East Pakistan, which is now Bangladesh. He studied in P.A.F. Shaheen School, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He left home at the age of 16, in search of his destiny. He brought with him his guitar and an extra shirt and a small tape recorder. He did not know anyone in Karachi and desperately was in search of a job. He worked in Karachi, playing guitar, at a small cafe in Tariq Road area called the “Cafe D Khan”. The cafe was famous for its intellectual gatherings and that is where he was spotted. His remuneration was a free meal at the hotel. Someone from the audience in the hotel liked his Guitar playing and told him about the programme at the TV station called Ferozan where Khushbakht Aliya was conducting a show for the youth. He gave his audition, Khushbakht liked his Guitar playing but she had already selected someone else. It just so happened that Sohail Rana, the music director was in the next studio and asked someone to call Alamgir to his car outside the TV station. He said, he liked his (Alamgir’s) playing and asked if he would like to perform for children. This is how he entered in the formal world of Music.

He started singing on the Pakistani Television at the beginning of the 1970’s when the people in Pakistan were not familiar with the modern Urdu music and when western music was generally considered as modern music in Pakistan.

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