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Pakistani singer Sajjad Ali live in Muscat concert on March 20


Renowned Pakistani singer Sajjad Ali (Left) and Pakistan’s leading film star Noor(Right). Photo - Supplied

Muscat: Renowned Pakistani singer Sajjad Ali will be performing live in concert in Oman for the first time at City Amphitheatre in Qurum on Thursday, March 20.

Noor, one of Pakistan's leading film star, famous television artiste and the popular host of Hum Sub Umeed Say Hain (GEO TV), will be compering this mega event, making it a double treat for the audience there.

The show comes as a good news for all those who love meaningful music, appreciate melody and enjoy the presence of a master at work. Syed Ayaz Hussain, Ambassador of Pakistan to Oman will be the chief guest.

Grand-nephew of the legendary Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Sajjad Ali is a world-renowned singer, songwriter as well as an actor and a director. The ultimate tribute to him came from India's Oscar-award winning musician A. R. Rehman, who believes Sajjad Ali is too good at everything he creates.

Describing Ali as the original crossover, Rehman said: "From the realm of the classical, he metamorphosed into one of the brightest lights of Pakistani pop. Always striking the right note, and never missing a beat, even the most hardened purist has to give Sajjad his due. This man can breathe life in a Ghazal even as he puts the V back into verve. He is one of the very few singers in Pakistan who seems a complete singer. As far as skill is concerned I feel nobody compares to Sajjad Ali. He is simply too good at everything he chooses to create."

Alpha Events, an established name among event management companies who organise quality shows, are confident of a huge crowd at what is going to be their biggest event since the company was established in 2012. Alpha Events has organised this unique mega musical show under the patronage of Embassy of Pakistan.

The event is being presented by Sohar Poly Industries while Double Crown Group, Puck, Alpha Graphics, Bends & Bends and Majan Events have also sponsored this grand musical evening. Times of Oman is the media partner of the show.

Noor has mainly appeared in Urdu and Punjabi Lollywood films and several TV commercials, dramas and shows.

Tickets priced at OMR2, OMR5, OMR10 (VIP) and  VVIP are  available at Fashion World Shop-19 Dhofar Building, Majan Gift Shop at Al Falaj Hotel, Dosteen Restaurant – Al Hail and Meerath Restaurants Bausher and Al Khuwair and will be also available at the venue.

Classically trained at a young age by the efforts of his uncle, Tassaduq Hussain and being a disciple of Ustad Munawar Ali Khan Sahib (Kasur gharana), Ali started off as a semi-classical and a pop artist and busied himself with television, stage and pop albums. He was first recognised with his performance in Aap Janab in 1978, Rang Barangi Duniya in 1979 with Sohail Rana, Raag Rang with Shoaib Mansoor and Silver Jubilee in 1983 and soared to popularity in no time.

Superhit albums
As he was always writing his own music and accompanied by his brothers, Waqar Ali and Lucky Ali, Sajjad Ali released many pop albums until his fame reached amazing heights with the mega-hit Babia 93 in 1993. Babia 93 broke all sales records and the music video Babia which he directed himself, was the first independent music video of Pakistan, making him the pioneer of the field. He gave hit albums along the way, namely Moody and Chiefsab.

Film-making has always been a passion of his. He started editing, doing camera-work, writing screen-plays and scripts in the early 80s. His first video film as an actor, director, editor, singer, composer, sreenplay, and script was Love Letter in 1988.

Later in 1996, he starred in Zahoor Hussain Gilani's Munda Tera Deewana which obviously was not his cup of tea but it was due to his father's commitment that he had to fulfil it.

Then Sajjad Ali made a full-length feature film and a musical blockbuster Aik Aur Love Story which was released in 1999. The soundtrack list includes Larri Adda, Sohni Lagdi, Mein bhi kharidar, Kapde Tang by Lucky Ali, Kangna by Shahzad Roy and Mehnaz's Bheege Bheege Mausam.

Throughout his journey, Sajjad Ali has delivered countless hits and has always succeeded in winning over his audience with songs like Sohni Lagdi, Cinderella, Paniyon Mein, Teri Yaad Satandi, Ik Gham ke Siwa, Chal Rein De, Katna Nai, KirKir KirKir and many more and has bagged numerous prestigious awards like National, Nigar, MTV, ARY, Zee and Bollywood Music Awards to name a few.

In 2011, he was featured in Coke Studio, and gave a playfully smashing hit KirKir which became the song of the year. He also did Rang Laaga featuring Sanam Marvi which showed off his versatility and had a serious impact on the audience. In the same year he produced a song Din Pareshan Hai for Shoaib Mansoor's movie Bol.

Sajjad Ali is also an endorsed artiste of one of the most reputable German musical software and equipment company, Steinberg. In February 2013, Har Zulm came out and become a viral hit just within hours of its release on the social media and television.

In October 2013, Ali came up with another video where he re-did one of his old hits Yaad Tu Aati Hogi which spread like wildfire on the social media.

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