Badar Ali Khan

Born 17 March 1962. Died 2 March 2007.


Badar Miandad (17 February 1962 – 2 March 2007), also known as Badar Ali Khan, was a Pakistani singer and Qawwal. He released 22 albums in Pakistan. Several albums were also released under U.K. and Indian labels.

Badar was born in 1962 in a noted family of qawwals in Pak Pattan. His father Rasheed Miandad and grandfather Din Muhammad were reputed qawwals. He was a cousin of the late maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Badar started his qawwali career in 1975, and by the mid 80s he had earned fame. He composed the music for Bollywood films, including Virod, starring Salman Khan. He also composed the music for several Pakistani films, including Chupkay Chupkay, Janat Ki Talash and But Shikan.

His famous qawwalis include: Dam Dam Hussain Maula Hussain, Jashan-e-Aamad-e-Rasool, Tu Nahi Tay Tairiyan Yadan Sahi and Ganj Shakar Walian Da Raja.

Like his famous cousin, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Badar Ali Khan experimented with qawwali remix projects, in which traditional qawwali lyrics were performed to non-traditional instruments and contemporary beats. Working with producer/arranger/composer Suresh "Baba" Varma, Badar produced a best-selling qawwali fusion album, Good Karma 1.

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