Arts knows no boundaries, this phrase came to reality when the music crossed the boundaries and borders of most arch rivals in the world. Yes, we are talking about the Pakistan music industry and some of the legends it has created in 70+ years of independence. Pakistan has produced some finest talent in the music industry whose voice traveled across borders. The two nations share very harsh historical background but when it comes to listening music both nations have the same taste. We are talking here about top 10 Pakistani singers who earned fame in Pakistan as well as India. Divided by the borders united by music and arts, the two nations share same musical taste which can be seen by most Pakistani singers in Bollywood showcasing their talent.
A list of top Pakistani singers in India:
10. Atif Aslam:
A Pakistan born software engineer turned musician Atif Aslam is currently the heartthrob of both the nations. There is hardly a man in the sub-continent who is not heard a song of this man. Atif is not only gifted with the beautiful voice but also his looks steal hearts of millions around the globe. He was born on 12th March 1983 in the Wazirabad and graduated as a software engineer from Lahore based University. He won several awards for his songs and was also the most popular singer on Saavn, a popular songs application in 2013.
9. Shafqat Amanat Ali:
Shafqat Amanat Ali is the son of legendary singer family well known both in Pakistan and India, Patiala Gharana. He was born in Lahore on 26th February 1965. He has won President’s pride of performance award in 2007 on the country’s Independence Day. He was the lead singer of a known Pakistani band Fuzon in 90’s. Shafqat has worked in Bollywood and sung many songs as Mitwa and Bin Tere.
8. Ali Zafar:
Ali Zafar is a multi-talented man and both nations love his acting and singing but he is a painter as well. Ali, a graduate of NCA, was born on May 18th, 1980 turned 35 years old. Ali has also proved to be a very good actor and played the lead role in many Bollywood movies as well. He was the first Pakistani singer in Bollywood, who made the appearance in Tere Bin Laden, Ali’s first Indian Film. He has won several Pakistani and Indian awards for singing and acting.
7. Farhan Saeed:
Farhan Saeed is also among the list of top 10 Pakistani singers who earned the name by singing in India. Farhan was also born in Lahore. He is also showcasing his acting skills in Pakistani dramas. However, only a single Indian song from movie Creature is to his name.
6. Adnan Sami:
Adnan Sami is the first and only Pakistani singer in India, who was born outside of Pakistan. He was born in the United Kingdom. He is also known to be for being the fastest keyboard player in the world. Apart from singing, he can also play 35 different musical instruments which make him a unique in the list. His famous songs were Lift Kara De, Mehbooba andJaan Meri.
5. Rahat Fateh Ali:
The name Fateh Ali Khan gives goose bumps to every human of the sub-continent as it reminds of the legendary Qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Rahat is also from the same family and is also gifted with a very sweet voice. He made his Bollywood debut from Paap and sung Man Ki Lagan songs, which was the classic hit back in the time. Rahat is the most popular singer of the current era.
4. Noor Jahan:
A Pakistani or Indian born, who do not know about Madam Noor Jahan is not possible at all. Her real name was Allah Rakhi Wasai. She is equally respected in India and praised as the Queen of music in Pakistan. She was given a title of “Malika-E-Tarannum” and her long career lasted 7 decades while her songs are still loved by her fans.
3. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan:
A man who does not know about this man has never listened to music. “Shahanshah-E-Qawwali” was the title awarded to him. Born in Faisalabad, an industrial city of Pakistan, Nusrat’s fame crossed all the borders and went to Europe. The legendary qawwal from Pakistan performed in almost 40 countries of the world, where non-Urdu speakers also danced on his songs. He is among the most influential singers of Pakistan. He also gave music for several Hollywood films. His Indian songs were Saaya Bhi, Dulhe Ka sehra, and Piya Re.
2. Ghulam Ali:
He is another legend from Patiala Gharana and was born in 1940. He was famous for his ghazals all over the world. He died at the age of 75 years. Though he refused to perform in India still he is loved and respected by Indian people. His famous ghazals were Hangama Hai Kyun Barpa, Chupke, Chauvin ki Raat.
1. Mehdi Hassan:
No introduction needed for this legendary singer, who also earned popularity in the rival country through his sweet voice. He was a Ghazal singer, a type of typical folk singing. He is believed to get fame for Ghazal at the international level. Born in 1927, he left his fans at the age of 84 in 2012. He was equally famous in Pakistan as well as in India. Tere mere sapno ki, Yun Zindagi ki, Aik bas tu hi naheen were his famous Ghazals.