association with SaReGaMaPa
goes way back from the year 1999. His Father Nazakat Ali and Uncle
Sharfat Ali had participated in SaReGaMa US that year. Nazakat Ali went
on to even win the contest, while Sharfat Ali was chosen as the runner
up. And to line up with this victory and keeping the name of his family
high, Amanat made sure to get the winner title of SaReGaMaPa Dubai. And
today again, Amanat is just one step away from being crowned as the
winner of SaReGaMaPa Challenge-2007. How does it feel reaching this
stage? “Reaching the finals is
something that I am finding hard to believe even now. This contest
after the final selection had 36 contestants and thereafter it was the
judges who were selecting the best ones. So we had to perform well to
go ahead. And with all 36 really good contestants, I did not have much
hope. I still made sure to work hard and concentrate just on my
singing. Rest, I left it on Inshallah. And today, with the love and
good wishes of Allah Taala, my parents, other elders and the viewers, I
have finally reached this stage. "
Amanat is the disciple of the internationally famous religious singer
Hasan Sadiq, who is a classical singer and also his Uncle. Mohd. Safi
and Mohd. Iqbal, his grand father and his brother were also famous
Punjabi Folk singers. This 18 year old boy from Pakistan proved beyond
doubt that he is one the most versatile singers in the contest. "Yes, some say so",
what Amanat had to say on his versataility. His singing reached to such
a level that not just the mentors of the show, but legendary person's
like Jagjit Singh
Ji also commented that he is beyond this contest,
while Pandit Jasraj declared him already as the winner of Challenge
2007. How is it that he sings even the toughest of the songs so easily?
"My singing lessons started with
classical music. I belong to a family which is a gharana of classical
and ghazal singing. So from childhood, my concentration was on
classical singing only. We all know that music has many styles, many
genres. Classical is one among them, and it is a known fact that if
someone gets proper training in this, every genre song is not tough for
him to sing. When a singer practices the alaaps of classical singing
regularly and rigorously, every style or genre gets imprinted in his
vocal cords. And then he can sing every song technically correct, this
is the power of classical singing."
He is overwhelmed with the love he received here in India from his fans. What about the journey through this contest? "I
have never seen any contest like this one earlier. There is no feeling
of jealousy or one up-man ship among the contestants here. None had any
bad feelings for the other. Everyone was very supportive to the other.
All helped each other in every possible way.”
Does the same feeling continue among the three finalists too? "All
three of us are still very close and help each other the same way as
before. Nothing has changed even after reaching the finals. There have
been times when I am given a song in which Raja Bhai is more expert or
say Aneek is given a song where I may be better, we then help each
other to get the song ready. "
This soft spoken boy from Pakistan, with a very sound knowledge in
music, felt overwhelmed on his Guru Ismail Durbar's remark that Amanat
knows better than me. "What can I
say on that? Even on that day, I felt like falling on his feet. I would
say Ismail Ji is too humble. As far as my knowledge or Ustadi in
singing goes, I am nothing in front of Ismail Ji. He is my Guru and I
would always remain his disciple. Learning never ends, and I will go on
learning from him ever."
He has just one message for his fans, "The
show is now at its ending. These last six months with you all went off
like an unforgettable dream. You all gave me lot of love and support.
So much so, that today you all have made me reach these finals. Who
wins does not matter much, but yes, it's a request to you all that,
even after this contest is over, do shower the same love on me. Do show
and provide me the same support when I start my life after this
"Music runs in his blood"
with many contracts he is receiving from various music directors in
Bollywood, he will definitely make it to the list of top singers in the
music industry. We wish Amanat the very best for the finals, and hope
he has a bright future ahead in the Music Industry.
Author : Barnali