The 45th death anniversary of legendary classical singer Ustad Amanat Ali Khan is being observed today (Sep 17). The Chand Meri Zameen singer was born in 1922 in Hoshiarpur, now in Indian Punjab. He was the grandson of Ali Baksh Jarnail, who was the founder of the Patiala Gharana.
However, after the creation of Pakistan, Khan’s family migrated to Lahore. Following in their tracks, Ustad Amanat learnt the art of music from his elders. According to them, the late artist was always interested in classical, ghazal singing. His son Asad Amanat Ali Khan was also a great classical singer but died in 2007 due to a heart attack, while Shafqat and Hamid are still among the top singers of Pakistan.
During the peak of his popularity on the radio and TV, Amanat performed in various countries around the world. He released many ghazals, including Insha Ji Utho Ab Kuch Karo, Honton Pe Kabhi Unke Mera Naam, Mora Jiya Na Lagay, Kab Aogay, Yah Na Thi Humari Qismat, Yeh Arzoo Thi Tujhe Gul and many others, which are still remembered by fans.
He was also given the Pride of Performance award by the government of Pakistan due to his excellent music services. The star died on September 18 1974, aged 52. Nonetheless, his family is doing a great job at carrying on his legacy.
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