With a focus on Pop, Rock, and Ghazal, Pakistani singers and bands became well-known and numerous starting in the early 1990s. We all must concede that Pakistani singers and artists are renowned for their soul-searing voices, which contributes significantly to their enormous popularity in India. The Indo-Pak collaborations have revolutionised the industry, from Reshma and
(even though he is now an Indian citizen) and Rahat Fateh
. The top ten Pakistani singers that Bollywood has had the good fortune to work with are listed below.
1. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
He was referred to as "The King of Qawwali," and belonged to the classical music of the Patiala "gharana." and was regarded as having one of the best voices ever. His experience in Bollywood includes films like
and Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya. In 1999, for the film "," he sang "Saaya bhi saath jab chodd jaye," and in 2000, for the film "
," he sang "Dulhe ka sehra." In addition to working with Western musicians and providing music for Hollywood films like The Last Temptation of Christ and Dead Man Walking, he reinvented the Qawwali genre.
2. Noor Jehan
Noor Jehan was a playback singer and actress from Pakistan. She is speculated to have performed 20,000 songs in her more than 60-year career. Noor Jehan, one of the finest and most prominent South Asian vocalists of all time, is recognised as one of the most significant and influential Pakistani singers of all time. She was primarily passionate about acting. In the movie Khandan, she appeared alongside Pran and
(1962). She performed her debut playback song for the Pakistani movie Chann Wey (1951). In the 1943 motion picture Duhai, Salma sang alongside
One of the best musicians in Pakistan's music scene is Atif Aslam. He is well-known in Pakistan for his work as an actor and playback singer. He gives performances at local and intimate music venues (Pakistan & India). He is regarded as the best playback singer of all time in both the Indian and Pakistani music industries as a result of the innumerable well-known songs he consistently contributed to the business. He put a lot of time and effort into the music business, creating several classic songs that served as the foundation for his career. Doorie, Woh Lamhey, Pehli Nazar Main, and Woh Lamhey are among his most well-known pieces. Tere Naal, Maula Tu Jaane Na, Tera Hone Laga Hoon, dil Diyan Gallan, Jeena Jeena, Main Rang sharbaton ka, and other well-known songs.
4. Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is one of the well-known singers in the Bollywood and Lollywood industries. He is descended from a well-known dynasty of Qawwals and classical singers in Punjab. Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a famous vocalist and the nephew of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He began learning music at a very young age from his uncle NFAK. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's musical career was launched by the NFAK Qawwali ensemble. He also sang many songs by himself at that time. He made his playback singing debut in the Indian movie Paap (2003). His international recognition grew as a result of his participation in several concerts. He also made four appearances on Pakistan's Coke Studio, a well-known music show. He won numerous awards, including Mirchi, ARY Film Awards, HUM Awards, UK Asian Music Awards, and Lux Style Awards.
Farhan Saeed is a Pakistani actor, musician, businessman, and director of music videos. His primary claim to fame is that he was the former lead singer of the well-liked pop rock band "Jal." When he played Taimoor Arshad in the renowned Pakistani television series Udaari, he initially rose to fame in 2016. Numerous Hum Awards were given to Farhan Saeed. His best known songs include Naam-e-Wafa, Sajna, Roiyaan, Yeh jo Halka Halka Saroor hai, Sajna Ve Sajna, Baliyay, Suno Chanda, and others. For his acting and singing, he received numerous honours. In addition to winning Best Music Single (Roiyaan 2005), Best On-Screen Couple (together with
for Udaari), and Best On-Screen Couple awards, he also received Best Song of the Year awards in 2015 for Roiyaan (along with
for Suno Chanda).
6. Abida Perveen
Abida Perveen is known as the "Queen of Sufi Music" and is the highest-paid Sufi vocalist in Pakistan's music industry. She is a businesswoman as well as a painter, musician, and composer. She received numerous offers from India to sing in Bollywood films, but she declined each one since she was preoccupied with "Sufism." The "Hilal e Imtiaz," Pakistan's second-highest civilian honour, was bestowed upon her by the president of that nation. She won a number of awards, including Pride of Performance.
Arif Lohar is a folk singer from Pakistan who frequently sings while playing an instrument (the Chimta). He does a superb job of capturing the sound of traditional Punjabi folk music. Over 50 international musical productions have featured him during his career. Additionally, he gave a performance at the Asian Games opening ceremony in 2004, which drew close to a million spectators. In the 2012 movie "
," directed by
, he also contributed three songs. , a popular Bollywood actor, purchased "Jugni" for his film Cocktail. In the 2013 Indian film "Bhaag Malikha Bhaag," Arif Lohar also sang vocals. In 2005, Arif Lohar received the Pride of Performance Award from the Pakistani government. At the Brit Asia TV Music Awards presentation, he also received a "Lifetime Achievement Award."
Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi Niazi is a prominent musician from Pakistan. His ghazals and conventional folk music are well renowned. Even though music is outright forbidden in his home, Esakhelvi has always had a deep love for it. In seven distinct languages, Attaullah Esakhelvi recorded more than 50,000 songs. Queen Elizabeth II presented Esakhelvi with a lifetime achievement award. Because he had the most audio songs recorded, his name was added to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1994. He received the "Pride of Performance Award" from the Pakistani government in 1991. He also received the "Sitara e Imtiaz," the second-highest civilian honour, in 2019.
A Pakistani musician by the name of Ghulam Ali is well-known throughout the world for his magnificent Ghazal singing style. Only he, among other ghazal singers of his time, infused ghazals with elements of Hindustani classical music. He received the name "Ghulam Ali" from his father, who was a fan of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. He also received his early instruction from the elder brother of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. His distinctive ghazal singing style has the power to win over the audience's hearts. In the 1960s, he began his ghazal career by singing them on Radio Pakistan. In addition to Hindi and Urdu, he also sang ghazals in Punjabi, Nepali, and Punjabi. Chupke Chupke Raat Din, Main Nazar Se Pee Raha Hoon, Hum Ko Kisi Ke Gham ne Mara, Apni Dhun Main Rehta Hoon, Dillagi, and many more Bollywood films employ a lot of his ghazals. Numerous joint ghazals by him and
were recorded. The Pakistani government presented Ghulam Ali with the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2013) and Pride of Performance (1979) awards.
In addition to being a musician, famous Pakistani musician Sajjad Ali is also a poet, actor, producer, and film director. Rock, pop, semi-classical, and classical music are all genres he excels at playing. His gharana is Kasur Patiala (Classical Musicians). He started learning music with his uncle
after receiving his FA from the National Arts College in Karachi. On his debut CD, he performed a range of folk songs by Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Ghulam Ali,
Amanat Ali Khan
. He provided content for a number of TV shows, including
and Aap Janab. In the following stage, he produced his own music, including Chef Saab, Sohni Lagdi, and Babia 93. After these albums achieved great success, he started issuing single tracks.