ISLAMABAD – An evening of classical music with Ustad Sultan Fateh Ali and his students enthralled the fun lovers of the Federal Capital the other night at Kuch Khaas, Centre for Arts, Culture and Dialogue.

The show entertained audience with classical and semi-classical singing by Ustad Sultan Fateh Ali of the Patiala Gharana, accompanied by a group of his students.

The musical night was arranged with the theme of “Tribute to Old Pakistani Favourites” to pay tribute to the golden era of Pakistani film songs, songwriters and singers.

Sultan Fateh Ali Khan and his students presented an eclectic mix of raags, light songs and traditional folk music.

With two performances each, singers presented songs of some heavyweights like Mehdi Hassan, Musarrat Nazir, Saleem Raza, Mala, Naseem Begum, Attaullah Essa Khel, Tahira Syed, Noor, and some others.

Patiala Gharana is a family, which produced several generations of renowned classical singers. He is the son of the famous maestro Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and nephew of the late Ustad Amanat Ali Khan. Since the age of seven, he started receiving training in classical music, and growing up in a family of classical ‘giants’, he got more in terms of guidance from music maestros.

Sultan Fateh Ali Khan is a versatile singer, and apart from classical singing, he is apt at semi-classical, ghazal, folk and light singing, said the organisers.

He formed the first pop band of Lahore in 1987, called ‘The Avengers’, and was one of the pioneers in combining pop and classical music. He has performed in countries all over the world and Pakistan as well. The remarkable performance compelled the audience to enjoy with dancing and singing.