Shafqat Amanat Ali


Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan (Urdu: شفقت امانت علی‎; born 26 February 1965) is a Pakistani classical singer belonging to Patiala Gharana lineage.  He was the lead vocalist of the Pakistani rock band Fuzön. He was awarded the President’s Pride of Performance civil award on 14 August 2007.

Early life and background

Shafqat Amanat Ali was born into a Muslim family in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan to Ustad Amanat Ali Khan and Almas Amanat Ali Khan, on 26 February 1965 making him the ninth generation of Patiala Gharana. He is the youngest brother of the late Asad Amanat Ali Khan. He received his bachelor’s degree from Government College University, Lahore(now known as GC University). He received the roll of honour from the Music Society of Government College University, Lahore, which is led by Tariq Farani.


“Aankhon Ke Saagar,” “Khamaj,” “Ankhiyan” and “Mitwa” are some of his most popular works. He also sang the songs “Phir Wohi Raastey” and “Allah Megh De” for a Pakistani film named Ramchand Pakistani.

Shafqat was introduced to Bollywood by Shankar Mahadevan. One morning while driving to his studio, he heard Shafqat’s hit song “Aankhon Ke Saagar” on the radio. He immediately called the radio jockey who was his friend and got Shafqat’s contact number. Shafqat sang “Mitwa” composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy for the movie Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. The song was listed in the top charts in India, helping propel Shafqat into stardom. He was the voice behind the critically acclaimed song “Yeh Honsla” [sic] in the Bollywood film Dor. He sang background for the films Hello and Mumbai Cutting. His songs “Mora Saiyaan” and “Tere Bina” were featured in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Hyderabad Blues 2.

After leaving the band Fuzon in 2006, Shafqat concentrated on his solo career. Based on folk and Sufi works, the album Tabeer was commissioned and released by Music Today in mid-September 2008.

The album was released by Fire Records in Pakistan in September 2008 as their mega Eid release. The entire album has been produced, arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered in Pakistan by Shani Haider (Zeeshan Haider) at “Couple of Good Studios”. All songs except “Naina” and “Tu hi tu hai” were composed by Shafqat. Naina was composed by Shani Haider.

The first video of the premier song of the album, “Khairheyan De Naal”, was aired on all channels in India and Pakistan. He has fondly been nicknamed the “Rock star Ustad” by Saleem Merchant of the Saleem-Suleman duo. He also appeared on the Rubaroo episode of Indian Idol 4. He released his second solo album Kyun Dooriyan in 2010. It included a couple of songs — “Kaga Ja” and “Naal Naal” — which he had written during his time with Fuzon.

His vocals in the song “Dildaara” from the movie Ra.One fetched him a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for 2012. Recently he sang “Raske Bhare Tore Naina” for the 2013 movie Satyagraha starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Manoj Bajpai in lead role. He was also featured on MTV Unplugged Season 2.



  • Tabeer (2008)
  • Kyun Dooriyaan (2010)
  • Muh Dikhai (2015)


  • Imtehan Hai Imtehan (2010)
  • Tu Hi Tu Hai (2006)

Coke Studio (India)

Season 1

  • Ankhian (2011)
  • Kyan Haal Sunavaan (2011)
  • Aye Hari (2011)

MTV Unplugged (India)

Season 2

  • Aankhon Ke Saagar
  • Yeh Hausla
  • Aavo Saiyon
  • Manmaaniyan
  • Mora Saiyyan
  • Kyun main jagun

The Dewarists

Season 2

  • Let Go (2012)

Bollywood Songs

Year Song Film Co-Singer Music Director
2015 Main Nai Jaana Pardes Tevar Solo Sajid-Wajid
2014 Bhugol Filmistaan Shabab Shabri Arijit Datta
Bol Arijit Datta
Jeenay Chalay Dukhtar Solo Sahir Ali Bagga,Peter Nashel
Manchala Hasee Toh Phasee Nupur Pant Vishal-Shekhar
Allah Waariyan Yaariyan Solo Arko Pravo Mukherjee
2013 Raske Bhare Tore Naina Satyagraha Arpita Aadesh Shrivastava
Jera Vi Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Solo Shani & Kami
Teri Jhuki Nazar Murder 3 Pritam
Tera Mera Naam Akaash Vani Hi-tech Sonik
2012 Phir Le Aya Dil (Redux) Barfi! Pritam Chakraborty
Zindagi Se Raaz 3D Jeet Ganguly
Ya Maula Maximum Amjad Nadeem Vikram
Tu Hi Mera Jannat 2 Pritam
Party Nights KK, Nikhil D’Souza, Javed Ali & Anupam Amod
Darmiyaan Jodi Breakers Clinton Cerejo Salim-Sulaiman
2011 Dildaara Ra.One Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Clinton Cerejo Vishal-Shekhar
Chahi Hai Tanhaein Love Breakups Zindagi Shruti Pathak Salim-Sulaiman
Jaane Kyun(Sufi version) Always Kabhi Kabhi Solo Pritam Chakraborty
Kyun Mein Jagoon Patiala House Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Kyun Mein Jagoon (Remix)
Kyun Mein Jagoon (Reprise)
2010 Bin Tere I Hate Luv Storys Sunidhi Chauhan Vishal Shekhar
Bin Tere(Remix)
Shukriya Zindagi Aashayein Solo Pritam
Tere Naina My Name Is Khan Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
2009 Tum Mile(Rock) Tum Mile Pritam
2008 Carvaan Hello Sajid-Wajid
Allah Megh De Ramchand Pakistani Shubha Mudgal Debojyoti Mishra
Phir Wahi Raaste None
Tarrin Paunda None
Tishna Tishna Dil Zindagi Tere Naam Sunidhi Chauhan Sajid-Wajid
2006 Yeh Honsla Dor Salim Merchant Salim-Sulaiman
Mitwa Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Shankar Mahadevan, Caralisa Monteiro Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Awards and honours

Following are the awards and nominations for Shafqat Amanat Ali.

Filmfare Awards
2012 Best Playback Singer – Male “Dildaara” Ra.One Nominated
2012 Best Playback Singer – Male “Bin Tere” I Hate Luv Storys
International Indian Film Academy Awards
2012 Best Playback Singer – Male “Bin Tere” I Hate Luv Storys Nominated
2012 Best Playback Singer – Male “Bin Tere” I Hate Luv Storys Nominated
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
2012 BIG Star Most Entertaining Singer (Male) “Tere Naina” My Name Is Khan Nominated
GIFA Awards
2006 Best Playback Singer – Male ” Mitwa (Revisited)” Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna Won
Zee Cine Awards
2012 Best Playback Singer – Male “Dildaara” Ra.One Nominated
2013 Best Playback Singer – Male “Tu Hi Mera” Jannat 2
Pakistan Media Award
2011 Best Playback Singer – Male Nominated
The Musik Awards
2008 Most Wanted Male Won

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