Atif Aslam (born Muhammad Atif Aslam) is a Pakistani pop/rock singer, dancer and film actor, and makes cameo appearances in Bollywood (Indian) films. His debut as an actor was in the 2011 film Pakistani movie Bol by ShoMan. He has recorded numerous chart-topping songs, and is known for his vocal belting technique. He was declared the most popular artist on Saavn (an Indian music streaming service) in 2013, followed by Arijit Singh, A. R. Rahman, Shreya Ghoshal, and Mohit Chauhan. Atif is the youngest recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, one Pakistan civilian decoration.
Atif was born into a Muslim family in Wazirabad, Pakistan. He began his education in kindergarten at Kimberley Hall School, Larkana. In 1991 he moved to Rawalpindi where he continued his studies in St. Paul's Cambridge School, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi. Atif returned to Lahore in 1995 where he continued his studies in Divisional Public School, Lahore. He continued onwards to his FSC in Punjab College where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree. He married his long-time girlfriend, educationist Sara Bharwana, in Lahore on 30 March 2013.
Even though Atif always admired Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Abida Parveen, his first love was for cricket and he dreamed of representing his nation as a cricketer. He was a fast bowler and his passion for the sport saw him being selected for the national Under 19 cricket team trials. At one stage Atif was training to represent his country in the U-19 World Cup.
Spurred on by his friends he began to sing in public during his days in college and recorded his first single "Aadat" with his pocket money. Within a matter of weeks "Aadat" went viral online and soon he became a household name on the basis of that one song. On 17 July 2004 his first album titled Jal Pari.
Several songs from his debut album such as "Bheegi Yaadein", "Ehsaas", "Mahi Ve", "Ankhon Sey" along with the title track "Jalpari" went on to become major hits and charted across countries in the subcontinent.
Following Jal Pari, he released two more successful solo albums, Doorie and Meri Kahani. Then, within a span of three years he recorded over two dozen chartbusters for top Bollywood films. Aslam's work on the movie Race, was nominated for the Filmfare Award. He continues to work on top productions and his growing popularity has seen filmmakers create special music videos to promote their films with his songs.
Following sold out concerts throughout his country the demand to watch Atif Aslam perform live grew across the world.
He began to tour internationally with performances in the US and Canada with RDB and Annie Khalid. Atif then made his solo debut concert in New Jersey in Summer Beats 2008 (that also featured Kailash Kher, Richa Sharma and Amanat Ali) at Sovereign Bank Arena. After a sold out concert in New Jersey, Atif returned with his band and special guests to Queens Colden Center, New York to perform on 2 July 2010. Taking over the production, Atif produced the event with special sound and light design to support his concert.
Two years later Atif Aslam returned to the US. Collaborating with vocalist Shreya Ghoshal their March 2010 tour originally had 10 shows announced in US and Canada. However, the response inspired the organizers to put shows in six more cities. The next month, Atif Aslam made his debut in South America with a performance at Anthony Nesty Sports Hall, Suriname.
The world touring continued with Atif Aslam performing with Sunidhi Chauhan for the first time at Hershey Centre, Mississauga followed by another show at Oracle Arena, San Francisco, Oakland in July 2011 during their USA and Canada tour. In September 2011 he performed in New York.
Atif continued to tour the world with headline performances at Royal Albert Hall in London (alongside Jay Sean). He followed that with dates across major concert venues in the UK in 2010.
On 22 April 2012 Atif Aslam became the first man from his country to perform in London's O2 Arena a concert spectacular to promote love, peace and unity among India and Pakistan. Atif performed for four hours. This was followed up by shows in Manchester and Glasgow.
In 2012 he was invited for three concerts at the World Trade Centre in Dubai. This was followed with his debut concert in Bangkok at the Centara Convention Centre on 6 October 2012. Atif Aslam then returned to performing in 10 major cities of Pakistan during his Jazz Jazba Generation Tour where backstage footage of Atif Aslam during the tour, his interactions with his fans, and intimate look at the man behind the star was filmed for the first time. On 2 November he performed his first public concert in Malaysia.
In December 2012, Atif was named among top performers of Dubai for 2012 alongside Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Il Divo, Gotye, Evanescence and Swedish House Mafia. A few weeks earlier, Atif Aslam became the first man from Asia, and the second artist after Bryan Adams, to be permitted to perform inside the Dashrath Rangasla National Football Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal. With 25,000 in the crowd this concert was a great success. Atif once again returned to Dubai for multiple concerts in 2013 at the world famous Atlantis resort. He also earlier shared stage with upcoming talent Shalmali Kholgade in Dubai.
In April 2013, Atif performed for the first time at the LG Arena in Birmingham following which he became the first artist from Asia to perform twice at London's O2 Arena. Also in concert at the O2 were Bollywood stars Shaan, Malaika Arora Khan & Bipasha Basu. The show was produced by Naz Choudhury and Flex FX. In November 2014 Aslam performed at the Leisure Valley grounds in Gurgaon alongside Arijit Singh in front of thousands. The Pakistani Atif, as popular here as the Indian Arijit, both Bollywood 'hit machines', showed that when it comes to music, art and people-to-people contact, there really are no boundaries.
Public image and influences:
Atif felt that his passion for singing is the biggest influence in the music career.His singing style is compared with that of Arijit Singh. Regarding the comparison made with Atif Aslam, Singh stated; "I respect Aslam as I do every individual musician and artist". Though Atif is being inspired by many artists,he named Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as his favourite singer. His favourite songs are My Confession" by Richard Marx, "Where were you" by Pink Floyd,"Tere bin nahin lagta dil mere" by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Impact and recognition:
Atif's work has received praise from several artists.Actor Suyyash Rai affirmed that he "developed an interest in singing" because of Atif Aslam. Mika Singh praised the singing of the Atif. Ranbir Kapoor likes Atif Aslam.Ranbir Kapoor said on Atif "I want to share success of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani with him He is really popular in INDIA because of his voice. He is a wonderful singer." Singer Alamgir thanked Atif for keeping pop music alive in Pakistan. He said "I'm thankful to Atif for keeping pop alive. It's because of them that I feel my music still has a place in today's music scene."Varun Dhawan is a big fan of Atif. Actor Varun Dhawan always wanted Atif Aslam to sing his tracks in a film. He said " I am a fan of Atif's voice and really wanted him to sing for me. I didn't know it will happen so soon!"Mohit Chauhan is all praise for Atif."I love this guy and I love his songs," he said.Bipasha Basu admitted of being A big Atif fan she said in an interview "I am his number one fan. Music is the best vehicle to promote understanding and our music brings people together." She also tweeted "Starting my day with Atif Aslam's best songs, playing loudly in my car on my way to location, wish he would sing all these songs just for me".Vivek Oberoi also loves the way Atif sings. Mahira Khan a close friend of Atif believes he is the most popular person and best singer of Pakistan.
Atif has three songs featured in the American independent film, Man Push Cart which has won international awards and was praised by critics. He then sung two songs in Mira Nairs film The Reluctant Fundamentalist. His two more songs 'Doorie' and 'Maula' from his second album Doorie have been picked up in 2010 for the soundtrack of the Hindi Version of a Mexican film La mujer de mi hermano directed by Ricardo de Montreuil.
Atif made his acting debut in the 2011 Pakistani movie Bol. He has also made special appearances in film songs.
Aslam appeared as a captain of Team Pakistan in a singing talent show called Sur Kshetra which was shot and broadcast from Dubai ,where Indian and Pakistani contestants competed each other.Atif also sung many songs on that show including Dilbar mere,Pehli nazar,kuch iss tarah&mai nii.Atif's team won the show.
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