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Shafqat Ali Khan (Born June 17, 1972 - Lahore Pakistan) belongs to the Sham Churasi
school from East Punjab. This school of music has a long tradition that
dates to the Mughul times of Emperor Akbar. This school was established
by the two brothers Chand Khan and Suraj Khan. His uncle Ustad Nazakat
Ali Khan and father Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, the internationally
acclaimed classical singers, from the 10th generation of the Sham
Churasi school.

Shafqat began performing at the age of seven. His first performance was
at the Lahore Music Festival in 1979. Shafqat has performed throughout
Europe with several important concerts in France, the United Kingdom,
Italy, Germany, Holland, Spain, and Switzerland Geneva Festival. He is a
well established performer throughout India, Pakistan, and Bangla Desh.
He has performed as well throughout Canada and the United States with
some key performances at the Smithsonian Institute in the 1988 and 1996,
and for the World Music Institute at the New York’s Metropolitan Museum
in 1988 and Merkin Concert Hall in 1991.
Shafqat began performing at the age of seven. His first performance was
at the Lahore Music Festival in 1979. Shafqat has performed throughout
Europe with several important concerts in France, the United Kingdom,
Italy, Germany, Holland, Spain, and Switzerland Geneva Festival. He is a
well established performer throughout India, Pakistan, and Bangla Desh.
He has performed as well throughout Canada and the United States with
some key performances at the Smithsonian Institute in the 1988 and 1996,
and for the World Music Institute at the New York’s Metropolitan Museum
in 1988 and Merkin Concert Hall in 1991.
Shafqat in the recipient of a number of awards, in 1986 in Lahore he
received the Amir Khusro Award as the best young classical singer. In
1987, he received the Gold Medal from Faislabad University, Pakistan. In
1995 he received the Ghanda Award from New Deli University. He has
appeared on recordings from Nimbus(UK), EMI(India), HMV(UK), WaterLily
Acoustics(USA), Westron(India), MegaSound(India), Keytune
Productiona(Holland), Plus Music(India) (forthcoming), and Folk
Heritage(Pakistan).

Mr Khan’s foray into the world of fusion music began with the song,
Teray Ishq Nachaya Ker Ke Thaya Thaya, produced by Bollywood’s Bappi
Lahiri.Mr Khan’s foray into the world of fusion music began with the song,
Teray Ishq Nachaya Ker Ke Thaya Thaya, produced by Bollywood’s Bappi
Lahiri.

Mr Khan prays five times a day, doesn’t smoke or drink. “My music
includes praising God as He alone is worthy of it,” said the singer. “He
will sustain us.”Mr Khan prays five times a day, doesn’t smoke or drink. “My music
includes praising God as He alone is worthy of it,” said the singer. “He
will sustain us.”

In Shafqat’s view, music represents a single language shared by
mankind. His own tastes in recreational listening – including symphonic
works, pop, jazz and opera – evince a fundamentally eclectic nature and a
willingness to experiment. Both Shafqat and his father share a love of
Nat King Cole’s singing. Shafqat cites Cole’s vocals as coming “Straight
from the heart.In Shafqat’s view, music represents a single language shared by
mankind. His own tastes in recreational listening – including symphonic
works, pop, jazz and opera – evince a fundamentally eclectic nature and a
willingness to experiment. Both Shafqat and his father share a love of
Nat King Cole’s singing. Shafqat cites Cole’s vocals as coming “Straight
from the heart.

“Their self-style classical fusion offers an intriguing blend of pure classical vocals and modern ambient textures.”
“Their self-style classical fusion offers an intriguing blend of pure classical vocals and modern ambient textures.”
- Lloyd Barde, Backroads – Heartbeats

“The classical fusion … an intriguing blend of pure classical vocals and modern ambient textures … ” – Lisa Tsering, India West.“The classical fusion … an intriguing blend of pure classical vocals and modern ambient textures … ” – Lisa Tsering, India West.

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