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Ustad Amanat Ali Khan (1922 – 1974) was a Pakistani classical singer.
The late 1950s and early 1960s saw the rise of seraphic singer Ustad Amanat Ali Khan. The prestigious Patiala Gharana, the family that sworn to carry on the traditional and classical aura of Hindustani music, saw another immaculate and faultless singer adding more shine, prestige and prosperity to their name. Along with Ahmed Rushdi and Mehdi Hassan, he was a top singing icon of the Indian subcontinent.
He was honoured with the ‘Pride of Performance’ award by the government of Pakistan.
Early life and background
Amanat Ali Khan was born in Sham Chaurasi, Hoshiarpur, Punjab to Akhtar Husain Khan and the grandson of Ali Baksh Khan, the founder of ‘Patiala Gharana’. Along with Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, the young Amanat Ali started singing for gatherings (‘mehfils’) and at an early age he became a recognised singer in the court of the Patiala king.
Soon after independence he came to Pakistan where he continued his singing, which made him popular not only in Pakistan but in the entire South Asia.
His concerts on Radio Lahore became quite popular and he toured the whole South Asia becoming the representative of Patiala gharana in Pakistan.
His memorable songs include “Aa Mere Pyaar Ki Khushboo”, “Yeh Arzoo Thi”, “Mausam Badla”, “Yeh Na Thi Hamari Qismat” and “Kab Aao Ge”.
Ustad Amanat Ali died at aged 52 years in Lahore in September 1974. His eldest son Ustad Ustad Asad Amanat Ali Khan inherited his father’s beautiful voice and talent. After a very successful music career, and contributing unforgettable treasure to ghazal singing, he died of heart attack on April 8, 2007, in London.
Since most of the newer singers like Shafqat Amanat Ali and Rustam Fateh Ali have changed away from classical Patiala style singing, this leaves Amanat’s youngest brother Hamid Ali Khan, as the last of the Patiala legends.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanat_Ali_Khan )
Edited by IMC-OnAir on 12 Oct 2009, 23:35
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