Asad Amanat Ali Khan (1952-2007) Dies of Heart Attack

Posted on April 8, 2007
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Adil Najam

I just heard that Asad Amanat Ali Khan died of a heart attack, in London. The news leaves me sad. Death of such talent at such a young age is always tragic. Just as it was when his father (Ustad Amanat Ali Khan) died, also relatively young and also abundantly talented.

For me – as for so many others – this scion of this Patiala gharana of classical singing was always his father’s son.

Asad Amanat Ali Khan was himself immensely talented, thought probably not as innovative in delivery as his father, but in many ways he was never able to come out of his father’s shadows. This was neither his fault nor his father’s. If anything, it was the fault of fans like myself who coudl never get themselves to listen to him without thinking of Ustad Amanat Ali Khan. But let it also be said that this was a compliment not only to Ustad Amanat Ali Khan but also to Asad Amanat Ali. He did his father proud. He made his the Patiala gharana proud.

In his memory let me share three memorable songs – the first two by Asad Amanat Ali Khan and the third by his father; all three are part of the legacy of both men. They also demonstrate how the memory of each can be so poignantly evoked by listening to the other.

First, Piyar nahin hai surr se jiss ko, woh morakh insaan nahin, by Ustad Asad Amanat Ali Khan.

Next, Kal chaudhvien ki raat thi, shab bhar raha charcha taira, also by Ustan Asad Amanat Ali Khan.

Finally, Insha Ji Utho, abb kooch karo, iss shehr mein dil ko lagana kiya by Ustad Amanat Ali Khan.

30 responses to “Asad Amanat Ali Khan (1952-2007) Dies of Heart Attack”

  1. AAAK FAN says:

    To me he was One of the last true classical singers in pakistan. Had you ever heard such power and soul in a voice. And the Dard he had in his voice. To me music is dead now. Yes his father was an outstanding singer. But the magic Asad had in his voice was something that comes along very rarely. Its a shame that he did not have a chance to show the world his amazing talent. The best singer in my eyes other than Lata Jee.

  2. geoff jee says:

    please if anybody know about amanat ali khan,s ghazal, ab key saal poonam main jab tu aaye gee milney……let me know please……………….geoff jee

  3. Shamim A. Sheikh says:

    In Asad Amnat Ali,I lost a dear friend and a great muscian and human being.I have had memorable Ghazal evenings and social nights in London with this handsome, smiling,remarkable person. Sadly ,I had not seen him for some years.Among his many masterpieces,his rendering of ‘Piyar nahin hai surr se jiss ko’ in raag Milhar, is outstanding.

    I have simply been devastated by the sad news of his demise.Farewell my friend.

  4. Aurangzeb Butt says:

    Hello every body,

    yes this is a huge loss to pakistan as we are loosing our precious people at such a young age but this is life every one has to leave this stage which is set by all mighty Allah we must pray for every muslim who past away and for those who are still on this stage for betterment.
    The best of Asad Amanat Ali is (Ghar Wapas Kab Aaoge)the most beautiful ghazal i have heard.
    I would like to say one more thing that every person has his own caliber please don’t compare person to person.

    Regards and Thanks

  5. Raza says:

    I like his punjabi song Umraan Langian Pubbhan Paar. Can anyone has access to his older version, I’ve been searching for it from last couple of years.


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