Ustad Amanat Ali Khan

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Noor Israr remembers the outstanding musical contribution of a legend

With his brother

Ustad Amanat Ali Khan died in the prime of his life when he was only forty two. His death occurred due to a medical inefficiency as doctors could not control the affects of his perforated appendix resulting in causing huge musical loss. He had already emerged as a very powerful voice in musical annals and was very well versed in classical musical genre and was gradually lending his deep voice to popular ghazals.

The musical numbers sung by Amanat Ali Khan are rated to be classics and are still hugely liked. He was given priceless compositions to sing by composers of Radio Pakistan Lahore and Pakistan Television also based in Lahore. His traditional training in classical music held him in good stead and he gave a specific nuance to his renditions. His voice was mature in content and suited his classical moorings.

He was amongst the pioneers of ghazal singing in Pakistan along with Farida Khanum, Iqbal Bano, Mehdi Hasan and Ejaz Hussain Hazravi. His was a separate school emphasising on conveying raag- based tunes in lighter and fluent tabla beats. The ghazal was transformed by its pioneers from an exclusive genre to a more popularly appreciable entity.

He was specifically devoted to ghazal singing and did not much sing for the popular film music. He also popularised Thumri singing by giving them a lighter touch. He was always accompanied by his younger brother as his singing partner as was the singing tradition of established singing houses. The cumulative effect of the duo was formidable and is still widely followed.

Amanat Ali Khan came to fore through two of his ghazals
Hoton pe kabhi unkay mera naam hee aaye written by Ada Jafri and his controlled rendition touched the heart chords of music lovers

Amanat Ali Khan came to fore through two of his ghazals Hoton pe kabhi unkay mera naam hee aaye written by Ada Jafri and his controlled rendition touched the heart chords of music lovers. The ghazal was unusually composed and despite it being rather intricate was sung very well by him.

His true colours came out when he rendered Yeh Arzoo thee tujhe gul ke rubaru karte, a ghazal penned by classical poet Mirza Haider Ali Aatish conveying the true essence of ghazal. Amanat Ali’s deep voice made this number into a very popular one. He exhibited control of notes so well that music lovers were widely enchanted.

TV presentation
Charismatic personality
His album

Another unmatched number was his rendition of Aa mere pyar ki khushboo that became hugely popular. Amanat Ali was successful in conveying the yearnings of the poetry in immaculate music language. His rendition of Mausam badla rut gadrayee became a rage.

The composition was very intricate and only a master could render it effectively. Amanat Ali also gave his voice to two very popular national songs, Chand meri zameen phool mera watan and Ae watan pyare watan and both numbers became part of his singing legend.

Amanat Ali was greatly assisted by his appearance on TV screen as it was recently introduced in Pakistan in 1964 and was full of trained composers and instrument players. TV station Lahore recorded him exclusively in a dedicated programme that is still viewed on YouTube and two of his numbers Kab aaogay tum aaogay and Mora jiya na laage were greatly liked by audiences.

TV also provided Amanat Ali Khan with an unusual farewell as before his untimely death he recorded famous ghazal of poet Ibne Insha, Insahji utho ab kooch karo that became his signature tune and is still considered an immortal composition. Vast audiences in Pakistan came to grief when his son Asad Amanat Ali rendered this ghazal after his death and the TV screen showed Amanat’s younger brother and music partner Ustad Fateh Ali Khan crying uncontrollably.

Noor Israr has a discerning taste in music and he is a trained singer

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