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Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi

Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi

Performing on: Sunday 2 September

Attaullah Khan Niazi Esakhelvi (Urdu: عطاء اللہ خان عیسی خیلوی‎, born 19 August 1951; surname also translated as Esa Khailvi) also known as 'lala' (which means "elder brother" in Pashto and Punjabi) is a Pakistani award-winning musician from Isakhel, Mianwali, Punjab. He was thrown out of his house for wanting to become a singer, against his father's wishes. The only opportunity seemed to him was to follow his passion during his father's Hajj journey. He is traditionally considered a Seraiki artist, but his music albums are in both Seraiki and Punjabi/Urdu.

Attaullah's hits include Qameez Teri Kaali, Idhar Zindagi ka Janaza,Raatan, We Bol Sanwal, Ishq Main Hum Tumain Kya Batayain, Theva Mundri tha Theva, Woh Bahar Ka Zamana, Mahi Wasey Mera and Aaaj Kala Jora Pa.

The Government of Pakistan awarded him the Pride of Performance Award in 1991.

In 2011 he appeared in Coke Studio (season 4) and sang 2 songs Ni Oothaan Waale and Pyaar Naal. In September 2017 he appeared in Coke Studio (season 10) second time and sang Sab Maya Hai with his traditional loving sound.

Esakhelvi was born in Essa Khail, Mianwali, Punjab Province, Pakistan as Attaullah Khan Niazi. Niazi is a populous Pashtun tribe in Punjab to which Imran Khan and Misbah ul Haq also belong. Attaullah developed an interest in music as a child, but music was strictly forbidden in his home.  Despite the restriction on music in his home, Attaullah secretly sought to learn more about music.[2] His school teacher taught him Mohammed Rafi and Mukesh songs and told him never to stop singing. Attaullah tried to explain his passion for music to his parents and convince them to let him sing, but they forbade him to continue singing.  Disillusioned, Attaullah left home when he was 18 years old. He traveled extensively within Pakistan and supported himself by working from Mianwali.

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