Pakistan is that country on this planet which is blessed with all the natural resources and here the people are very talented, hard working, hospitable and energetic. In this scenario if we talk about music then Pakistan is considered the home of music because it has produced lots of legendary musicians who are not only popular within the country but are equally recognized and appreciated internationally as well. Even India has also gotten services from these Legendary Pakistani singers due to their melodious voices. There are lots of Pakistani singers who got huge recognition and popularity in India like Adnan Sami, Atif Aslam, Ali Zafar and lots more in the past as well like Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Mehdi Hassan etc. In this special created article we will talk about top ten greatest Pakistani Male Singers of all time who are also heart favorite in India as well. Let’s have a look at the following list.
1-Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
The Legend Pakistani Classical Singer Bade Ghulam Ali Khan is the most prominent name in music both in Pakistan and India. He was among one of few people who don’t believe in the partitions because he thought that partitions and boundaries can’t stop any artist from being popular because music is the universal language. Born on 02 April 1902 in Kasur, Punjab (British India) Ustaad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan received training in singing from the very early age where he got expertise in Sarangi. This brightening star of Patiala Gharana died in 1968 by leaving his fans alone.
2-Amanat Ali Khan
The grandson of Ali Bakhsh Jarnail (Founder of Patiala Gharana) Amanat Ali Khan is one of the most prominent names in the field of Classical music and Ghazal Singing and is surely the pride of Pakistan. This Legendary singer was born in 1922 in Hoshiarpur, Punjab (British India) and after the partitions he settled in Pakistan and continued singing. He got huge respect and popularity not only in Pakistan but in India and throughout South Asia too. He was died on 17 September 1974 (Lahore, Pakistan) but still is the heart favorite of millions of people across the world today.
3-Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Born on 13 October 1948 in Faisalabad, Punjab (Pakistan), Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is the most famous and renowned name in the world of music. He is known as Shahenshah-e-Qawwali (The King of Kings of Qawwali). Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has a deep background in music because his grandparents and parents all were associated with this field. His parents wanted to become Nusrat as a doctor because Qawwali had very low social status at that time but due to his talent and God gifted abilities he convinced his father. This Legendary person died on 16 August 1997 in London (United Kingdom).
4-Mehdi Hassan Khan
The King of Ghazal, Mehdi Hassan Khan is one of most renowned and popular name in the world of music especially in Ghazal singing. Born on 18 July 1927 in Luna, Rajasthan (British India) Mehdi Hassan had the musical background where he received training from his father and uncle. At the beginning when he grew up he has to face some financial crisis as well but due to his deep love with music nothing stopped him from becoming the legendary singer. Now he is not with us but still his husky and melodious voice is in the minds of every person who love Ghazal and music.
5-Salamat Ali Khan
The foremost Classical singer from the Punjab, Ustaad Salamat Ali Khan comes at number five in out countdown. Salamat Ali Khan and Nazakat Ali Khan were actually two brothers who together gave stirring duet when we talk about Indian Music. After the death of his brother Nazakat Ali, he continued to his career and became the music icon especially in Khayal singing he is considered as one of the greatest and legendary vocalist of 20th century. His glorious career that spanned over six decades came to an end on 11th July 2001.
6-Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
If we talk about those Pakistani Legendary Singers who became popular in India then Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is one of those. He is renowned name both in Lollywood and Bollywood as a playback singer. Besides that expertise in Qawwali, Rahat also sings light music and Ghazal which are very popular and heart favorite not locally but everywhere across the world where people understand and love music. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has also worked in Hollywood and got positive response from the audience.
Ustaad Ghulam Ali is one of those legendary Ghazal singers who still alive and is the most prominent name in the world of music especially in Ghazal. He was born on 5 December 1940 in Kaleki, Sialkot district (Pakistan) that became the part of Pakistan after partition. This brightening star of Patiala Gharana has a unique style in singing as he blended Classical Hindustani music with Ghazal. He has sung many Ghazals in his career and most of them are heart favorite of Ghazal lovers like “Chupke Chupke”, Apni Tasveer Ko Seene Se” etc.
8-Shafqat Amanat Ali
The son of Ustaad Amanat Ali Khan, Shafqat Amanat Ali is one of the most renowned names in classical singing. He is the former lead vocalist of Fuzon which was Pakistan’s rock band. Due to his work in the field of music he was awarded Pride of Performance award from the government of Pakistan on 14 August 2007. After leaving the Fuzon band he focused on his Solo career where he gifted the world Sufi and folk music. This legendary music Superstar is equally popular in India as in Pakistan and across the world.
Known as Traditional Punjabi folk singer, Arif Lohar sings by tong like instrument which is locally called Chimta. Having the sweet melodious voice, Arif Lohar started singing from his early age of life with his father Alam Lohar and his brothers. In his entire career Arif Lohar has played near about fifty foreign tours during the last twenty years in which USA, UK and UAE are also included. In the Asian games which were held in 2004 in China, he performed in front of one million crowds that show his international popularity and respect.
10-Shafqat Ali Khan
Shafqat Ali Khan is known as master in the Khyal tradition of Indian Classical music who started to perform from his very early age of seven years old. Shafqat Ali Khan is the youngest son of Ustaad Salamat Ali Khan and belongs to that family of Musicians that has history of more than 500 years in Music. In this way he has music that is running through his veins. Due to his soulful voice and unique style of singing he received lots of appreciation and fame from the people not only in Pakistan but in India and across the world. His some songs have been included in Bollywood films.