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Atif Aslam (born 12 March 1983) is a Pakistani singer-songwriter and actor. His movie debut was the 2011 social drama Bol. He has recorded numerous chart-topping songs and is known for his vocal belting technique. He predominantly sings in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi, but has also sung in Bengali. He is a recipient of numerous Lux Style Awards, he also received Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2008, the fourth-highest decoration given to civilians in Pakistan. Aslam was born into a Punjabi Muslim family in Wazirabad, Punjab, Pakistan. He began his education in kindergarten at Kimberley Hall School, Lahore. In 1991, he moved to Rawalpindi where he continued his studies in St. Paul’s Cambridge School, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi. In 1995, Aslam returned to Lahore where he continued his studies in Divisional Public School. He attended PICS to do his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (BCs).

Aslam began to sing in public during his days at PICS, where he met guitarist and young composer, Goher Mumtaz. After performing at their college and at various restaurants, they eventually formed a band named ‘Jal’ – an Urdu/Hindi word which means ‘water’. Working together, the pair recorded the song “Aadat” with the help of Salman Albert, amongst other established and accomplished Pakistani musicians, and the music video for “Aadat” was shot in a warehouse in Karachi. Within a matter of weeks, “Aadat” became popular on a host of promotional Pakistani music websites and went viral online, making Aslam a household name. On the basis of the popularity of this song, Jal began their tour of Pakistan. However, while on tour, personal problems between Aslam and Mumtaz led to an unannounced and indefinite break, during which Aslam launched his solo career, while Mumtaz continued using the band name ‘Jal’. On 17 July 2004, Aslam released his first album titled Jal Pari (meaning ‘Mermaid’) which was an instant hit. Several songs from his debut album, such as: “Bheegi Yaadein”, “Ehsaas”, “Mahi Ve”, “Ankhon Sey” and the title track “Jal Pari” went on to become major hits and charted across countries in the subcontinent.

Since Jal’s album, Aadat, and Aslam’s album, Jal Pari, shared certain tracks such as “Aadat”, “Bheegi Yaadein” and “Ankhon se”, a war over rights began which resulted in both sides claiming to possess hard proof to support their respective claims that they alone owned these songs. He got his first breakthrough in Bollywood when director Mahesh Bhatt called Aslam to seek his consent to include “Woh Lamhey” in the soundtrack of his new motion picture, Zeher (2005). Following Jal Pari, Aslam released two more successful solo albums, Doorie and Meri Kahani. He also recorded many songs for Bollywood, that were successful too.

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