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Eighth death anniversary of Asad Amanat Ali Khan

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SLAMABAD (Web Desk) – The eighth death anniversary of renowned classical and Ghazal Singer Ustad Asad Amanat Ali Khan is being observed today (Wednesday).

The popular classical, semi-classical and ghazal singer died relatively young of a heart attack on April 8, 2007 in London and was laid to rest in Mominpura Graveyard, Lahore.

Hailing from famous Patiala family, Asad was born in Lahore on September 25, 1955 and was the son of famous musician Ustad Amanat Ali Khan.

He started his musical career performing “Thumri” and then went on to record some of his most popular numbers andGhazals.

He recorded his first song at the age of 10, which featured on his grandfather s debut album.

One of the songs that featured in almost every concert he performed, arguably his biggest hit, was “Insha Ji Utho”, originally sung by his father Amanat Ali Khan.

With heart-rending ghazals, such as Umraan Langyaan, Kal Chodwien Ki Raat and Ghar Wapas Jab Aao Ge, Asad has left behind an indelible legacy.

Over a span of 32 years (1975 to 2007), the singing maestro sang a multitude of songs for television, film and radio.

Government awarded him the Pride of Performance on March 23, 2007, some days before he breathed his last.

Asad had also been interested in academics and often said if not a singer, he would love to be a pilot.

Asad’s younger brother Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan is a also a well-known name in the Pakistani music scene.

Some of his superhit songs are listed below.

Awaz Who Jado sa (Saheli)

• Insha Ji Utho (Originally sung by his father)

• Ghar Wapis Jub ao gai tum

• Umraan langiyaan pabbaan paahr

• Pyaar Nahii Hai Sur Se Jisko

• Abhi Kalion Mein

• Diyaar Yaar Geya

• Doob Gai Sub

• Ghum Tera Hum Ne

• Jo Bhi Dil Ki

• Kal Chowdhwein Ki Raat

Zara zara dil meiN dard huaa

Apne haathoN kii lakiiroN meiN

• Piya dekhan ko tarseiN morey

• Kisi aur gham meiN itni khalish-e-nihaN nahiN hai (lyrics: Mustafa Zaidi)

• Ek lamha-e-wisal tha wapas na aa saka ( Poet: Raees Warsi )

• Youn bhi tou raas rooh ko tanhai aa gaaee ( Poet: Raees Warsi )

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