Mumbai,By Kabir Ali
Rockstar Ustad Shafqat Amanat Ali’smost romantic presentation
MUH DIKHAI — Unveiling the eternal songs of love
Times Music presents the brand new album MuhDikhai by ShafqatAmanat Ali, the voice behind many Bollywood blockbusters.
ShafqatAmanatAli who has written, composed and sung most of the tracks of the album, is the son of the legendary Pakistani singer UstadAmanat Ali Khan of Pakistan, making him a part of the 9-generation-old Patiala Gharana. Based out of Lahore, Pakistan Shafqatis extremely popular and highly respected among music lovers and critics. He has been a student of the traditional Indian and Pakistani classical music since the age of four and his command over the classical idiom and modern music has made him a name to reckon in Bollywood.
About the Album –
Muh Dikhai is ShafqatAmanat Ali’s much awaited album after the super success of his albums “Tabeer” and “KyunDooriyan”. The album being released by Times Music is a beautiful mélange of Shafqat’s inimitable and versatile style of fusing various genres to create timeless melodies and songs.
The album does not remain confined to any particular genre as it includes a couple of Sufi tracks by Hazrat Amir Khusrau and Professor Mohan Singh, a semi-classical track, a ghazal originally composed by his father late UstadAmanat Ali Khan saheb and recreated by Shafqat in a unique style for the first time. And among these are also melodious love songs, which traverse all genres from Pop to rock and ballads.
Speaking on the album ShafqatAmanat Ali quotes, “This album started just like the previous ones. Compositions, which occur to me in the most unsuspecting moments as always and drive me to explore and create songs have always formed the content of all my albums. It was no different this time. The nine songs in this album have been composed by me among many other songs during this period but these 9 were collected and picked for the album for various reasons. Since I had experienced that in my previous work people liked listening to Sufiana, I specially picked up Rang and MuhDikhai. The other two important songs for the album were DilDharaknayKaSabab and Ratiyaan. These four songs are my favourite in the album and what I would recommend to a discerning listener. The rest of the songs flowed easily once I realized that the major ones were in place. “
He adds “Every album, I feel must have atleast 3-4 “hit numbers”. Or atleast every artiste who produces his album, the strategy seems to be to work on 4-5 songs, which they think are hits and then complete the album around it. But sometimes I feel this approach can be detrimental to the true creativity of the artiste or is even proved wrong because a lot of times people love the so called “Not obvious” songs. Sometimes what the artiste may have thought of as supporting songs turn out to be the real hits. In this album, I created literally a song bank and then selected what felt like the best fit. People have been waiting for this album for a long time and asking me about it so each song has been created with the hope that it appeals to the listeners. I didn’t follow a particular subject while creating these songs, but just followed creative ideas. There were 13-14 songs initially but the best 9 which really felt right made it to the final list that is here for you to listen to. There are quite a few Punjabi numbers this time unlike my previous albums but even these have been chosen very carefully to express a unique thought. There are some love songs but given that it is the oldest theme in the world, the vocabulary used in the poetry has been selected very carefully to bring some fresh thoughts to the listeners. “
- DIL KOOKAY
- SUN LO
- TERE LIYE
- TUM NAHI AAYE
- DIL DHARHAKNAY KA SABAB
YouTube link of the track “DilKookay”, the first videofrom the album is as below –
Speaking on the album, Mandar Thakur, COO – Times Music said “Times Music is delighted to work with the immensely gifted ShafqatAmanatAli . ‘MuhDikhai ‘ is a landmark album loaded with hit songs and Shafqat’s amazingly melodious compositions and voice are a pleasure to hear and enjoy.”
A walk through ShafqatAmanat Ali’s journey
ShafqatAmanat Ali was the lead vocalist of the popular Pakistani band – Fuzon. Their first album ‘Saagar’ was a big hit. His name got recognised beyond Fuzon, when he sang the chartbuster Mitwa, for Karan Johar’sKabhiAlvida Na Kehna. The song became an instant hit and left India wanting more of this power-packed voice. He was also the voice behind the critically acclaimed song YehHausla from the movie Dor, directed by NageshKukunoor. No wonder then, that ShafqatAmanat Ali is extremely popular and highly respected among music lovers and critics alike. His command over the classical idiom and modern music has made him a name to reckon with!!
Shafqat has more recently sung for movies such as Jo Dikhte Ho (Kya Dilli Kya Lahore),Manchala (HaseeTohPhasee),Allah Wariyan (Yaariyan), Teri JhukiNazar (Murder 3),Tu Hi Mera (Jannat 2),Phir Le AayaDil (Barfi), Zindagi Se ChuraKe (Raaz 3), Hello (Track – Caravan), the chartbusters Tum MileRock Version(Tum Mile), TereNaina (My Name is Khan), Bin Tere (I Hate Luv Stories), ShukriyaZindagi for NageshKukunur’sAashayein, the chartbusterKyun Main Jagoonfor Patiala House, Chhayee Hai Tanhaifor Love Breakups Zindagi, Dildarafor RaOne, Poore Se Zara Sa Kam Hai from Mausam, Darmiyan from Jodi Breakers andvarious other tracks for forthcoming films under the music direction of Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar and Shankar-Ehsaan Loy.