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عالمگیر) is a famous
pop singer of the
1970s, who is in fact one of the pioneers of the Urdu pop music in
Life & Career
Alamgir was born in 1954 to
Bengali parents in
East Pakistan, which is now
Bangladesh. He studied in P.A.F. Shaheen School, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He
left home at the age of 16, in search of his destiny. He brought with him his
guitar and an extra shirt and a small tape recorder. He did not know anyone in Karachi and
desperately was in search of a job. He worked in Karachi,
playing guitar, at a small cafe in Tariq Road area called the "Cafe D Khan".
The cafe was famous for its intellectual gatherings and that is where he was
spotted. His remuneration was a free meal at the hotel. Someone from the
audience in the hotel liked his Guitar playing and told him about the
programme at the TV station called Ferozan where
Khushbakht Aliya was conducting a show for the youth. He gave his
audition, Khushbakht liked his Guitar playing but she had already selected
someone else. It just so happened that Sohail
Rana, the music director was in the next studio and asked someone to call
Alamgir to his car outside the TV station. He said, he liked his (Alamgir's)
playing and asked if he would like to perform for children. This is how he
entered in the formal world of Music.
He started singing on the Pakistani Television at the beginning of the
1970ís when the people in Pakistan were not familiar with the modern Urdu
music and when western music was generally considered as modern music in
Pakistan. Alamgirís first song Albela Rahi, was an Urdu translation of
a foreign language song. It proved a hit in 1973 among the youth of the 70ís.
There was a time during the 70ís when the music loving boys and girls gathered
regularly on the streets near the Karachi Jheel Park to get a glimpse of this
pop singer as he used to travel along in his red sedan in evening. Alamgirís
second pop song Pyar hai zindagi ka gehna was also an Urdu translation
of a foreign song. He soon became popular among the younger generation in the
country. Alamgir is also known for his many renditions of Bengali music. The
most notable Bengali song he is known to sing is Aamay Bhashaili Rey.
Alamgir made a dash on the Pakistani music scene. He sang for the Pakistani
television in the very beginning of his career but later as the time passed he
started singing for the Pakistani music industry. He also performs abroad.
Alamgir always keeps physically fit and is currently residing in Atlanta,
Georgia, USA. He is respected by the music lovers everywhere and still
performs in live concerts in America.
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