Arshad Mahmood is a renowned Pakistani actor, music composer and a singer. He is best known for his acting in a popular Pakistani drama serial, Aangan Tehra. In another drama serial Dhoop Kinare he played an important secondary role of ‘Baba’ which was of Dr Ahemr’s foster father. He also acted in another drama serial “Unkahi”. In 1970’s Arshad Mahmood participated in an important role and also participated in music composition of program ‘SUCH GUP’. The tenure of the acting career Arshad Mahmood had been appreciated by the widespread audience.
The music for many Ghazals sung by Nayyara Noor and Tina Sani was also composed by Arshad Mahmood. He also composed music for many Pakistani drama serials and plays such as Dhoop Kinare. He also supported Ali Haider from the beginning of his career on his first music album Jan-e-Jan Sun released by EMI Pakistan. The song included in ‘Dhoop Kinare’ called DOSTI EK MEHAK was part of this music album. The music for many national songs including the famous one ” Watan ki mitti gawah rehna” was also composed by Arshad Mehmood. Some of his recent works include his acting in Khamosh Pani in 2003. He took part in 50-50 which was a famous comedy skit play. Apart from all this he is a faculty member at National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, Pakistan. The professional career of Arshad Mahmood includes immense participation in the acting spectrum as well as in music composition side.
Fateh Ali Khan was born in the year 1935. He was and still is the most prominent singer of the genre Khayal in classical singing. After the death of Amanat Ali Khan and his later his son Asad Amanat, the Patiala gharana shrank down to a minimum number. The new singers such as Shafqat Amanat Ali are a little more into pop as compared to classical singing and so Fateh Ali Khan is the last important and prominent figure of Patiala gharana. The title of Baray got glued with Fateh Ali after many other singers with the same name started entering the musical industry.
Fateh Ali Khan was the younger brother of Amanat Ali Khan. He had the same powerful voice and practiced in the very same style and way as compared to all members of the gharana. Both the brothers were trained by their father the legend, Akhtar Hussain Khain. Akhtar himself was a very well known classical singer along with being one of the favorites of the Maharaja of Patiala. Fateh Ali Khan’s grandfather was one of the founders of the Patiala gharana. This led to a very nice training for him and his elder brother.
Fateh Ali Khan sang a lot with his brother Amanat Ali. At a very young age of 14 Fateh Ali Khan got his breakthrough. After this, there was no turning back and he climbed up the stair of success quicker than ever. In 1969 the president of Pakistan himself awarded both the brothers with Pride of Performance Medal.
Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan came from very popular classical music Patiala Gharana. Despite the strong roots and inclination of members towards classical singing, Shafqat chose pop singing as his major genre. He is majorly recognized as the lead singer in the former band Fuzon. Shafqat is Ustad Amanat Ali Khan’s son who is probably among the best ghazal and classical singers from South Asia.
Shafqat Amanat Ali was born in 1956 on 26th February in the city Lahore. He is the son of well renowned late Ustaad Amanat Ali. Shafqat did his bachelors degree from the GC University in Lahore. He also had the privilege of being on roll of honor. Like all other members of the Patiala Gharana, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan too started practicing and learning classical chords at a very early age of 4. His first classical teacher was his grandmother with whom he was very close. Shafqat’s style of singing is majorly influenced by Baray Fateh Ali and his father, Amanat Ali Khan.
Shafqat entered the music industry with a big bang with his band “Fuzon”. His first major hit was the song “Aankhon k Saagar” after which there were several songs that hit the charts like “Akhiyan” and “Mitwa”. Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan left the band after a few years and started his solo songs in the same year; 2006. Shafqat Amanat Ali was lucky to get a break in Bollywood soon after he started his career. Shankar Mahadevan introduced Shafqat to India.
Soon after his first song “Mitwa” for the Indian cinema that was included in the movie Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna He became a popular singer throughout the subcontinent. His song “Kheriyan de naal” is loved for its unique blend of western music and eastern lyrics.
Atif Aslam the charismatic singer made waves with his very first song “Aadat”. At that time he was the lead singer of the band “Jal”. Incidentally the band split up after the release and mega success of their very first song. Atif Aslam got phenomenal success and fame with the songs “Aadat and “Who Lamhey”. These songs were later featured in Indian movies making him more popular than ever in both Pakistan and India. With his good looks and style he soon became the heart throb of many. His first album was “Jal Pari” and second album “Doorie” were both hits across both sides of the border.
Atif Aslam’s voice can be defined as sensational, powerful and electrifying. Atif Aslam was never keen to be a singer. The encouraging response he got from his friends when he sang during his college days boosted his confidence and he started participating in competitions and winning them.
Atif Aslam has performed in many countries of the world. But he has been appreciated a lot by the Indians. He has sung for many Hindi films and all of his songs have been a mega hit. Atif has faced criticism from some corners in India but generally people like his songs. An Iranian director has also used Atif’s voice in a Hollywood movie “Man Push Cart”.
Atif was also seen as an actor in Shoaib Mansoor’s movie “Bol”. Atif has been nominated and has one a number of awards. He was also awarded “Tamgha-e- Imtiaz”; the highest civil award.
Nazia Hassan was a breath of fresh air on the music scene of Pakistan. She set a new trend which revolutionized the music industry of Indo Pak. She shot to fame with her very first song “Aap Jaisa Koi” for an Indian movie. The song literally took over the entire sub continent and earned her the first real pop singer title. Though a teenager, she had a certain grace and sang that provocative song without sounding vulgar. Her first album “Disco Deewane” featuring her brother Zoheb Hassan sold like hot cakes. The music of the album was composed by Biddu a UK based Indian composer. The same team produced “Boom Boom” the second album which made her the undisputed queen of the pop scene. Young Tarang and Hotline were two more record breaking albums produced by the same team. Nazia’s last album Camera Camera did not do well on the charts. Nazia also did some playback singing for Indian movies. In Pakistan Nazia hosted music shows; Music 89 hosted by the brother sister duo provided a platform for bands such as Jupiters and Vital Signs who later became a big name both locally and internationally. Music was just a hobby for Nazia, she spent the money earned from singing in helping the under privileged. She acquired a law degree from a University in UK and took a job in the United Nation’s Security Council.
Nazia worked for a number of charities; in India she was associated with the “Inner Wheel Club”. “BAN” a charitable organization fighting against drugs was established by the siblings. She also worked alongside her mother and other social workers. She not only established charities but also lectured in schools emphasizing the need for social awareness.
Nazia got married in 1995 to Mirza Ishtiaq Baig. Unfortunately the marriage did not work out well and the couple divorced in August 2004. Nazia was earlier diagnosed lung cancer which eventually took her life in 2004.
Nazia had class, beauty and a heart of gold; things which etch a person’s name in the minds and hearts of many. Nazia was posthumously awarded Pride of Performance Award by the Government of Pakistan.