'Mitwa' singer Shafqat Amanat Ali launches first solo album

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New Delhi, Sep 19 (UNI) It was an occasion when the ''melodious sound of music'' transcended all cultural barriers between India and Pakistan.

For over two hours this Wednesday evening, an audience of music lovers in the Capital were enraptured by an amazing display of musical prowess by famous Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan.

A near jam packed audience at the Siri fort auditorium here stood spell bound as Shafqat Amanat Ali, famous in musical circles in India for his chartbuster songs 'Mitwa' In 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna' and 'Yeh Hausla' from 'Dor', weaved ''musical magic'' with his voice, a unique blend of classical gayaki (singing) and contemporary panache.

The occasion was the release of Shafqat's first solo album 'Tabeer', brought out by Music Today.

The live concert at Siri Fort saw Shafqat, known in music circles for his strong command over the classical idiom as well as modern music, render a wide range of songs from his repertoire, from the classical to the contemporary, in his powerful voice.

As the Pakistani singer rendered songs like 'Yeh Hausla' from 'Dor' and 'Mitwa' from 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna' to 'Tere Bina' from his first album 'Saagar' to the song 'Khairheyan De Naal' from his new album, the audience was taken on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, from the peaks of ecstasy to the depths of pain. His rendition of 'Dama Dam Mast Kalandar' and 'Allah Tero Naam' in his soulful voice was greeted with a standing ovation from the audience.

Being released in India by Music Today and simultaneously in Pakistan by Fire Records, a leading music label across Pakistan, 'Tabeer' has nine songs most of which have been sung, written and composed by Shafqat Amanat Ali himself.

The nine track album, which defies the boundaries of languages, styles, genres and musical cultures, is a contemporary mix of traditional and earthy tones that allow for the freshness of the new.

Speaking on the occasion, Shafqat said,' releasing my debut album 'Tabeer' with Music Today is a dream that has finally been fulfilled. My fans all over the world have always stood by me and supported me every time I have tried something new and I hope they will join me in my latest endeavour.'' Addressing the gathering, the chief Operating officer of Music Today, Mala Sekhri said,' Coming out with an album from Shafqat Amaanat Ali Khan is part of our endeavour to record the finest talent that the subcontinent has to offer. Ever since its inception in 1990, Music Today has acquired a catalogue 1400 titles with over 100 brilliant artists from the subcontinent. I can today say with confidence that we own the most diverse repertoire in the country and continue to record the finest talent the subcontinent has to offer.'' Based in Lahore, Shafqat Amanat Ali is today an extremely popular and highly respected name among music lovers and critics in India as well as Pakistan. A student of tradition Indian and Pakistani classical music since the age of four, Shafqat has made a name for himself in Bollywood with his command over classical idiom as well as modern music.

Starting his musical journey as the lead vocalist of the popular Pakistani band Fuzon, whose first album ''Saagar'' was a big hit in India and Pakistan, Shafqat went solo in 2004.

Songs like the chartbuster 'Mitwa' from 'Kabhi Alvida na Kehna' and 'Yeh Hausla' from 'Dor' made him an instant hit with music lovers in India and gave him a recognition beyond Fuzon.

Son of legendary Pakistani singer Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, Shafqat is a part of the seven Generation Old Patiala gharana.

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