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Attaullah Khan Essa Khailwi ( عطااللہ خان عیسی ء خیلوی) is a well known folk singer and poet of Pakistan. He has the world record for the highest number of audio albums ever released by a singer. He is traditionally considered a Seraiki artist but mostly he has recorded albums in Punjabi and Urdu. The reason behind his astonishing success is that he sings only for the poor, desperate and afflicted. His voice has a healing effect and is considered one of the best folk singers Pakistan has ever produced. He has dominated the folk music scene of Pakistan for over thirty years. He gathers thousands in his audiences whenever and wherever he performs.
He hails from the famous Niazi tribe of the Pashtun people. Other famous Niazi people are Imran Khan the cricketer, Majid Khan (cricketer) and Muneer Niazi (Urdu poet).
He has released smash hits such as Qameez Teri Kaali, Raatan, and Mahi Wasey Mera. He has become one of the most well known singers in Pakistan. In his early years, the love of his life left him for another man and he turned to alcohol, but since then he has changed his ways.
Atta Ullah Khan Essa Khailvi was born on 19 August 1951 in a town called Isakhel. This town is situated in the district Mianwali of Pakistan. He belongs to the famous Niazi Pathan tribe, therefore he was named in his childhood as Atta Ullah Khan Niazi. His showbiz fame got him known as Atta Ullah Khan Essa Khailvi.
Right from his childhood he had inner learning towards music and used to practise singing stealthily behind his parents back. The moment they found out there was trouble for Atta. It resulted in him having been expelled from home. Instead of getting down it provided him an impetus to struggle make a mark in life and came to conclusion this could only be achieved through education, so he worked in bits and pieces and continued his education and eventually graduated at Mianwali, at the same time.
He kept nourishing his childhood love of music which had contributed toward his familys anger and revulsion and made his name to the extant that he was invited to do a show on Radio Pakistan Bahawalpur in 1972 and did a stage show as well in Mianwali the same year. These events made name for him and appeared on Pakistan Television in a very famous TV Programme called Nilam Ghar from Karachi. These performances projected him as an icon in music field especially his Saraiki style of singing appealed to young and old alike.
His followers were spread all over the world and demands were growing for him to be heard. Therefore his first foreign concert was organised and presented in England in 1980.
After 20 years ruling of the hearts of Pakistanis and Saraiki speaking people all over the w
Across the border
Ataullah Khan (as he is commonly known in India) became very famous in India following the use of the lyrics of his songs in the Indian movie Bewafa Sanam, by T Series. Sonu Nigam sang his music where he went to become a huge singer. The songs of the movie were quite popular in India and played a big part in the success of the movie. It is often said that the story of the movie was based on the life of Ataullah Khan himself.
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