He was born in Delhi in 1946 and started as a stage singer in the 1960’s in Karachi, when he was a member of a famous singing group with two other legendry artists Masood Rana and Nadeem.
Unfortunately, he suffered with a deadly disease of blood cancer and died on August 4, 1999 at London.
Akhlaq Ahmed. In the 1960s, Akhlaq frequented the stage shows. He sang songs alongside singer Masood Rana and actor Nadeem. Akhlaq’s early music inspiration was surprising. Perhaps, it was then that the seeds of artistic revolution were sown.
Popular music composer
Popular music composer, Lal Mohammad Iqbal, offered Akhlaq to sing for the film ‘Pazaib.’ The lyrics of the song were ‘O mama meray, O chacha meray.’ Hence, Akhlaq debuted as a singer in the 1972 film, ‘Pazaib.’ A seemingly endless array of songs appeared in the years to follow.Over the years, Akhlaq worked his magic throughout Pakistan. The masterpieces began to flow, as they would over two decades. Example, ‘Deikho ye koan Aa gaya, dil mein nasha cha gaya,’ music, Robin Ghosh, the 1975 film ‘Do saathi.’Between 1974 and 1999, Akhlaq’s recorded output could only be described as prodigious. Moreover, music composers knew that Akhlaq possessed that rare gift of further refining their compositions.
Akhlaq always sang with understanding and had assiduously honed his craft over the years. Example, ‘Kali ghata chalay keh dharti dulhan.’ Duet, Akhlaq- Sabeena yasmin. Music, Wajahat attre, the film ‘Zameen Aasmaan,’ December 6, 1985.
When it came to the songs, Akhlaq’s voice could best be described as an immaculate song machine. Brilliant in duets, Akhlaq’s solos are immortal as well. Two examples below:
‘Pyar karna meri jaan sikhaon ga.’ The film ‘Zameen Aasmaan.’
‘To phir mujhay yaad karo gey.’ The film ‘Zameen Aasmaan.’
Insatiable drive for success led Akhlaq to more hard work. As the years passed, he kept singing songs. Akhlaq was more and more impressive in the two songs below:
‘Chaya nigahoan pay jadu.’ Music, Manzoor Ashraf, the film ‘Faisala,’ October 17, 1986.
‘Khil uthi bahar bun kay zindigi.’ Duet, Akhlaq- Mehnaz, the film ‘Faisala.’
Akhlaq’s devout fans thoroughly enjoy recalling the songs of yesteryear. Moreover, Akhlaq made a place alongside great soul singers of the time with songs like the two below:
‘Zindigi geet hai, geet hai zindigi.’ Duet, Akhlaq- Naheed Akhtar, the film ‘Faisala,’
‘Aankhon may tera pyar.’ Duet, Akhlaq- Naheed Akhtar, the film ‘Faisala.’
The credit goes to the celebratory Akhlaq to have sung in the movies that gripped the heart of admirers. Example, ‘Teray bina mera dil naheen lagta.’ Duet, Akhlaq- Naheed Akhtar, music, Wajahat Attre, the 1986 film ‘Qatil ki talaash.’
Likewise, excellence of Akhlaq’s singing potential is conspicuous in the song ‘Khilonay teri zindigi hai kya.’ Music, Kamal Ahmed, the film ‘Kundan.’ March 27, 1987.
Between 1974 and 1999, Akhlaq’s recorded output could only be described as prodigious. Moreover, music composers knew that Akhlaq possessed that rare gift of further refining their compositions like the one below:
‘Aakhri saans tak tujh ko chahoon ga.’ Duet, Akhlaq- Mehnaz, music, M. Arshad, the film ‘Bulandi,’ September 21, 1990.
Akhlaq, the perennial favorite of music buffs added colors to this song, ‘Itna sajh dhaj kay tu meray saamnay.’ Music, Manzoor Ashraf, the 1992 film ‘Josheela dushman.’
If you are a connoisseur or a longtime fan of akhlaq, then you must have listened to the song ‘Ab tak hum nay ye naheen jana.’ Music, Khalil Ahmed, the 1994 film ‘Anokha pyar.’
With his national renown at an all-time peak, Akhlaq sang ‘Kaisay jeyain teray bina.’ Duet, Akhlaq- Fariha Pervez, music, Amjad Bobby, the 1996 film ‘Ghunghat,’
Poetry was undoubtedly vital to the songs that Akhlaq sang. Example, ‘Do nain milay do dil dharkay.’ Music, Amjad Bobby, the 1997 film ‘Sangam.’
Truly was Akhlaq’s a charismatic voice. Example, ‘Ye dil hai deewana teray pyar ka, ye dil hai sohnay dildar ka.’ Music, M. Arshad, the film ‘Nikah,’ June 5, 1998.
Akhlaq won the Nigar Award for best singer in the film ‘Chahat,’ in 1974.
Akhlaq won the Nigar Award for best singer in the film ‘Bandish,’ in 1980.
Akhlaq won the Nigar Award for best singer in the film ‘Meherbani,’ in 1982.
Akhlaq won the Nigar Award for best singer in the film ‘Nadani,’ in 1983.
Akhlaq won the Nigar Award for best singer in the film ‘Dooriyaan,’ in 1984.
Akhlaq won the Nigar Award for best singer in the film ‘Qatil ki talaash,’ in 1986.
Akhlaq won the Nigar Award for best singer in the film ‘Kundan,’ in 1987.
Akhlaq won the Nigar Award for best singer in the film ‘Bulandi,’ in 1990.
Bad luck, Akhlaq spend the last ten years of his life fighting against leukemia. Akhlaq’s wife, who worked for the Pakistan International Airlines, admitted him in a London hospital. Considering the gravity of the situation, the P.I.A. posted Akhlaq’s wife to its London office. Akhlaq’s wife had kept him going through some of the hardest times, which had not been easy.
Modest about his role as a singer, Akhlaq credited his stoicism to his loved ones. They taught him to take life as it comes. When things get tough, you have to hang in there and believe they will get better. Take the next step and don’t give up. That is all Akhlaq did in the last days of his life. During those days, adorers had nothing but prayers and love for Akhlaq.
‘Death is an old joke, but new to everyone.’ Akhlaq lost his battle against blood cancer on August 4, 1999, in London. One of Pakistan’s great voices was silenced.