More About Shafqat Amanat Ali
Shafqat has more recently sung for movies such as Jo Dikhte Ho (Kya Dilli Kya Lahore), Manchala (Hasee Toh Phasee), Allah Wariyan (Yaariyan), Teri Jhuki Nazar (Murder 3), Tu Hi Mera (Jannat 2), Phir Le Aaya Dil (Barfi), Zindagi Se Chura Ke (Raaz 3), Hello (Track – Caravan), the chartbusters Tum Mile Rock Version (Tum Mile), Tere Naina (My Name is Khan), Bin Tere (I Hate Luv Stories), Shukriya Zindagi for Nagesh Kukunur’s Aashayein, the chartbuster Kyun Main Jagoon for Patiala House, Chhayee Hai Tanhai for Love Breakups Zindagi, Dildara for RaOne, Poore Se Zara Sa Kam Hai from Mausam, Darmiyan from Jodi Breakers among many others.
First Solo Album – Tabeer
Shafqat Amanat Ali launched his debut solo album in 2008 after his superhit first album Sagar with Fuzon. The album Tabeer released by Music Today made it to all the leading charts (Music World, Planet M, Rhythm House, Crossword, Landmark etc) when it was launched with a 3-city event in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The 9-track album has received rave reviews across all media from critics and music lovers.
Second Solo Album – Kyun Dooriyan
Kyun Dooriyan, launched in March 2010 was on the charts for over 26 weeks. Featuring an exciting array of high-energy rock tracks and stunning romantic ballads, the lyrics spanning different languages, the haunting compositions and the striking sound canvass align together to complete the unique musical fabric in this album.
Third Solo Album – Muh Dikhai
Muh Dikhai is Shafqat Amanat Ali’s much-awaited album after the super success of his albums “Tabeer” and “Kyun Dooriyan”. The album released by Times Music in 2015 is a beautiful mélange of Shafqat’s inimitable and versatile style of fusing various genres to create timeless melodies and songs.
The album does not remain confined to any particular genre as it includes a couple of Sufi tracks by Hazrat Amir Khusrau and Professor Mohan Singh, a semi-classical track, a ghazal originally composed by his father late Ustad Amanat Ali Khan saheb and recreated by Shafqat in a unique style for the first time. The album has been a chart-buster and the ghazal “Dil Dharhaknay Ka Sabab Yaad Aaya” features legendary Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah in the video. Among other songs are also melodious love songs, which traverse all genres from Pop to rock and ballads.
Reality Show – ZEE TV ME’s Asia’s Singing Superstar
The Rockstar Ustad was the judge on the UAE based reality music show “Asia’s Singing Superstar” along with Shankar Mahadevan from India to mentor the contestants who participated in the show from India, Pakistan and UAE. The ZEE TV reality show which ran for 3 months from November 2015 to February 2016 rated as the Number 1 show of UAE as per official ratings and was aired across the world for 3 months including UAE, USA, UK and Pakistan. Shafqat is the face of the reality show from Pakistan for all upcoming seasons.
Shafqat has been breaking boundaries and setting new trends in music ever since he broke through the scene with his first album in 2002. The album which he had composed and written with the objective of ‘sugar-coating’ Classical music to make it more accessible and appealing for the youth worldwide, became an instant rage and has gone on to become one of the most iconic Indie collections ever. His genius at creating music, which is almost beautifully unpredictable every time makes, him an artiste who traverses genres, age groups and styles seemlessly. He is one of the rare musicians who is equally adept at singing as he is at composing and song writing. There is a certain classic feel to his music inspite of it being absolutely popular. His collaborations with legends in India, Pakistan and overseas have been most appreciated by music lovers, fans and critics across the globe be it for MTV Unplugged, Coke Studio Pakistan and India as well as other collaborative individual projects. His in-depth knowledge and prowess of Classical music and a simultaneous ease in merging it with any other style makes him hugely versatile and appealing to fans from disparate sections.
Shafqat Amanat Ali belongs to the Patiala Gharana of gayaki. Considered to be an offshoot of the Delhi Gharana, Patiala Gharana is one of the most eminent gharanas of vocal music. History often credits the famous duo Alliya-Phattu for establishing this gharana but the man responsible for this achievement is Miyan Kalluji who provided preliminary training to his son Ali Baksh Alliya (Alliya) and his friend Fateh Ali Khan (Phattu).
This illustrious tradition and legacy of khayal gayaki continued with General Ali Baksh’s son Ustad Akhtar Hussain Khan, who had three sons – Ustad Amanat Ali Khan (late), Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, and now their sons take the legacy forward. This gharana produced some of the finest music exponents of our times inclusind Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, Asad Amanat Ali and Shafqat Amanat Ali.
Shafqat’s list of awards includes the prestigious Pride of Performance presented to him by the President of Pakistan on 14th August, 2007, making him the 6th in line from his family to receive this honour. His other awards include the Lux Award for best debut for his album Saagar and Global Indian Film Awards for Best Playback Male for Mitwa.
- Filmfare - Mitwa (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna), Dildara (Ra One) and Bin Tere (I Hate Luv Storys)
- IIFA - Bin Tere (I Hate Luv Storys)
- GIMA – Bin Tere (I Hate Luv Storys)
- Big Star Entertainment Awards – Tere Naina (My Name Is Khan)
- Zee Cine Awards – Dildara (Ra One), Tu Hi Mera (Jannat 2)