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Ustad Amanat Ali Khan

amanatUstad Amanat Ali Khan (Urdu: استاد امانت علی خان; born 1932–1974) was a Pakistani classical/ghazal singer, from the Patiala gharana. He was honoured with the ‘Pride of Performance’ award by the government of Pakistan. He stands with great singing icons like Mehdi Hassan and Ahmed Rushdi. Amanat Ali Khan was born in Sham Chaurasi, Hoshiarpur, Punjab to Akhtar Husain Khan and the grandson of Ali Baksh Jarnail, the founder of ‘Patiala Gharana’. Along with his brother Ustad Bade 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. CareerSoon after independence he moved to Pakistan. His concerts on Radio Lahore became quite popular and he toured 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”, “Hoton Pay Kabhe”, “Insha Je Utho” and “Kab Aao Ge”. Personal lifeUstad Amanat Ali died at aged 52 years in Lahore on 17 September 1974. His son Ustad Asad Amanat Ali Khan inherited his father’s beautiful voice and talent. After a very successful music career, Asad Amanat Ali died of heart attack on April 8, 2007, in London. His eldest son Amjad Amanat Ali Khan also died very young. Since most of the newer singers like Shafqat Amanat Ali and Rahat Fateh Ali have moved away from classical Patiala style singing, this leaves Amanat’s brothers Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan and Hamid Ali Khan, as the last of the Patiala legends.

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