The fans of the most popular legendary classical/ghazal singer Ustad Amanat Ali Khan observed his 36th death anniversary on Saturday.
He was honoured with the ‘Pride of Performance’ award by the government of Pakistan. He stands with great singing icons like Mehdi Hassan and Ahmed Rushdi.
Amanat Ali Khan was born in 1932 in Sham Chaurasi, Hoshiarpur, Punjab to Akhtar Husain Khan and the grandson of Ali Baksh Khan, the founder of ‘Patiala Gharana’.
Along with Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, the young Amanat Ali started singing for gatherings (‘mehfils’) and at an early age he became a recognised singer in the court of the Patiala king.
Soon after independence he moved to Pakistan. His concerts on Radio Lahore became quite popular and he toured South Asia becoming the representative of Patiala gharana in Pakistan.
His memorable songs include “Aa Mere Pyaar Ki Khushboo”, “Yeh Arzoo Thi”, “Mausam Badla”, “Yeh Na Thi Hamari Qismat”, “Insha Je Utho” and “Kab Aao Ge”.
Amanat Ali died at aged 42 years in Lahore in September 1974. His eldest son Ustad Ustad Asad Amanat Ali Khan inherited his father’s beautiful voice and talent. After a very successful music career, Asad Amanat Ali died of heart attack on April 8, 2007, in London.
Since most of the newer singers like Shafqat Amanat Ali and Rustam Fateh Ali have moved away from classical Patiala style singing, this leaves Amanat’s brothers ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan and Hamid Ali Khan, as the last of the Patiala legends.