Ustad Ghulam Ali is probably one of the biggest names in the music of the South Asian sub-continent. He is one of the pioneers responsible for reviving the beautiful style of GHAZAL in the seventies. Ghulam Ali has been one of the major ambassadors trying to forge bridges across the border between India and Pakistan and he is admired equally in both countries, with a huge following all over the world.
Ghulam Ali was born in Sialkot district in 1940 prior to partition into a family of musicians: his father was a singer and a sarangi player from whom he received his initial training. Later he had a brief period under the legendary Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Bade Mubarak Ali and Barkat Ali. He rose to fame once he started to perform for Radio Lahore in 1960. His unique style is founded in classical music, a strong understanding and knowledge of poetry, a lovely voice and imagination and creative skills.
GHAZAL has its origins in the devotional music of the SUFI shrines but has today become a very popular urban stage art form. Mehdi Hassan and the inimitable Jagjit Singh are other names that spring to mind when talking about contemporary ghazal singing.