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by Bade Fateh Ali Khan
Bade Fateh Ali Khan (1935 to 2017) was a Pakistani 'Khyal' singer and teacher. Bade Fateh Ali Khan was born in Shamchaurasi, Hoshiarpur, the then British India, in 1935. The younger of two singing brothers, he and Amanat were trained by their father, Akhtar Hussain Khan, a distinguished vocalist in the princely state of Patiala in the colonial British India of the time. Their grandfather, Ali Baksh Jarnail, also served the same court. The Patiala 'Gharana' was founded in the mid-to-late 19th century by his great-grandfather Mian Kallu, who had received training from Mir Qutub Bakhsh Tanras Khan, court musician to the last 'Mughal' emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. The brothers' debut at Lahore in 1945 was sponsored by the influential connoisseur Pandit Jeevanlal Mattoo, and when India was partitioned in 1947, the family opted to migrate to Pakistan. Their big breakthrough came at the All-Bengal Music Conference in Calcutta in 1949, when the younger Ali Khan was 14. They then became celebrities while still in their teens, achieving their highest official recognition when the President of Pakistan conferred on them the "Pride of Performance Medal" in 1969. The 'elder' prefix 'Bade' was attached to Ali Khan's name after an increasing number of younger Pakistani musicians with similar names rose to prominence. The duo continued to be among the foremost vocalists in the subcontinent, but a devastating blow came in 1974 with the demise of Amanat Ali Khan. After a year and a half of mourning, Ali Khan joined 'Radio Pakistan' as a supervisor. Although widely urged to restart his performing career, it took him a very long time to overcome this emotional block, but eventually he started performing once more, this time with his younger brother Hamid Ali Khan, as well as his nephews. He constantly found it difficult to re-align his singing style in the absence of his older brother, but succeeded in performing all over the world despite this, and helped to teach many students internationally, such as the Norwegian singer Deeyah, of Afghan/Pakistani lineage. Other disciples of his, such as Ahmad Wali of Afghanistan and Haider Rizvi Alhussaini, showed immense talent at a young age. Ali Khan went on to teach classical music classes at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) in later years. A sufferer of lung disease more recently, he was admitted to hospital for 10 days in the last weeks of 2016. Bade Fateh Ali Khan died at the hospital in Islamabad on January 4th 2017. He was 82. http://images.dawn.com/news/1176865/renowned-qawwal-ustad-fateh-ali-khan-passes-away
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bade_Fateh_Ali_Khan
Posted: 29th January 2017
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away every year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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