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Ustad Amanat Ali Khan
Classical Singer from Patiala Gharana born 1932 Died 1974
Although two decades have passed since his demise, the captivating melodies of classical vocalist Ustad Amanat Ali Khan are still fresh and fragrant. His recordings are appreciated by listeners of all ages. Amanat Ali was tutored under the keen eye of his father, Ustad Akhtar Ali Khan, a noted musician of the Patiala gharana. Amanat Ali was a master of three musical forms: the raga, the thumri, and the ghazal.
Classical music was at its peak when Amanat Ali and his younger brother, Fateh Ali, began their career. Amanat Ali was immediately noticed for his remarkable talent. He created a unique and innovative style of performing music which helped those not initiated in this art to understand and appreciate traditional music. He simplified the structures of ragas, sang thumris more softly and smoothly than any of his contemporaries, and innovated a novel style of ghazal singing during the last days of his life. His death proved to be an irreplaceable loss to the music of the subcontinent. In recognition of his remarkable services, the Pride of Performance Award was conferred upon him in 1969.
Early life and background
Amanat Ali Khan was born in Sham Chaurasi, Hoshiarpur, Punjab to Akhtar Husain Khan and the grandson of Ali Baksh Jarnail, the founder of 'Patiala Gharana'. Along with his brother Ustad Bade 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", "Hoton Pay Kabhe", "Insha Je Utho" and "Kab Aao Ge"
Ustad Amanat Ali died at aged 52 years in Lahore on 17 September 1974. His
son 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. His eldest son Amjad Amanat Ali Khan also
died very young.
Since most of the newer singers like Shafqat Amanat Ali and Rahat 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.
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