Published on 16 Oct 2010 | over 6 years ago
Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi 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 which in 2006 were an astonishing 402 albums which is also listed in the guinness world book records. 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 forty years. He gathers thousands in his audiences whenever and wherever he performs. Attaullah Khan has performed all over the world even in countries like Japan.
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, We Bol Sanwal, Ishq Main Hum Tumain Kya Batayain, Theva Mundri tha Theva and Mahi Wasey Mera He has become one of the most well known singers in Pakistan.
Atta Ullah Khan Essa Khelvi was born on 19 August 1951 in a town called Esakhel. 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 Khelvi. Esakhel is a town in Mianwali and Atta Ullah Khan has represented his town all over the world - he has also said in many interviews Esakhel is like his 'mother'.
Right from his childhood he had inner leaning 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 he came to the conclusion this could only be achieved through education, so he worked in bits and pieces, continued his education and eventually graduated at Mianwali.
Moreover, He kept nourishing his childhood love of music which had contributed toward his family's anger and revulsion and made a name for himself to the extent that he was invited to do a show on Radio Pakistan Bahawalpur in 1972. He did a stage show as well in Mianwali the same year. These events increased his popularity. He then 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. His Sert was organised and presented in England in 1980 in the north of England in Bradford at St Georges Hall. Atta Ullah Khan had come to the UK in 1979 to perform but was unaware that he required a work permit to perform so returned back to Pakistan and came the following year with his work permit. Atta Ullah Khan does hold a British passport through his work permit as he has spent many years producing albums in the UK under various labels:- Hi tech, OSA, moviebox.
Attaullah Khan is a proud Muslim and has sang many Naats and Kalaams of famous sufis such as Mian Mohammad Baksh's 'Saif Ul Malook' and Baba Bulleh Shah's 'Keey Bay Dardan Sang Yaree'
Atta Ullah Khan is also a sufi mureed and has been since a very young age and regularly gives a visit to his Murshid in Tounsa Shareef.
He has recorded more than 40000 songs in 7 different languages .
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, Anuradha Paudwal and Udit Narayan sang his music where he went to become a huge.
Atta Ullah Khan is a regular on TV he has performed for PTV (national Pakistani television) for forty years he has also performed for ARY, AAJ, DM DIGITAL and many others. But there are many stories about him may be true or false.
Atta Ullah has his own musicians which travel all over the world with him apart from the UK where he comes alone and gets a few musicians from UK. Atta Ullah Khan's musicians have been with him for all his career and some of the many include:-
Salamath Ali Khan - Tabla
Javed Ali - Dholak
Babar - flute
Sabir Ali - Harmonium
These Musicians have been with Attaullah since the 70's at a time when Atta ullah performed almost every night throughout Pakistan as well as abroad in countries like America, Japan, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Germany, India Italy, Australia, New Zealand
According to Atta Ullah Khan he has performed on many occasions from time after Isha right till dawn and this was mainly during the start of his career in the 70's, 80's and even through the 90's.