Ustad Asad Amanat Ali Khan passed away last night in London. He was in London for his medical checkup, he suffered a heart attack and couldn’t succumb and passed away. May his soul rest in Peace (Inna Lillahi wa Inna eLaihe rajeoon).
He was son of Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, nephew of Ustad Fateh Ali & Ustad Hamid Ali Khan and was elder brother of Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan.
He belonged to the famous Patila Gharana of music. After the demise of his father, he gained popularity by singing famous ghazal of Insha jee, ‘Insha Jee Utho abb kooch karo – iss shehar mein dil ko lagaana kya’ (Insha, Lets depart from the city – its not worth staying).
The song which gained him the most was ‘Umra`n Langhiya`n Pabba`n Bhaar’ (Life went away problems).
Beside Ghazal, Asad Amanat Ali Khan was master of filmi songs, thumri, folk songs as well as in classical music – which is idiosyncratic to his family. Asad started his career in Radio Pakistan, Lahore.
Apart from him, Patiala Gharana (family) produced musicians in the likes of Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, Ustad Barray Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan and Ustad Akhter Hussain.
Pakistan is now left with very few in classical music.