Attaullah Khan Niazi Esakhelvi (surname also transliterated as Essa Khailwi) is a Pakistani Pride of Performance award-winning musician fromIsakhel, Mianwali, Punjab. He is traditionally considered a Seraiki artist, but he also has some of his music albums are in either Punjabi or Urdu. By 2006, Attaullah had released 403 music albums.
His music is wildly popular in Pakistan especially among the drivers of buses, truck drivers, taxis and other working classes.
Attaullah’s hits include Qameez Teri Kaali, Ither Zindagi ka Janaza,Raatan, We Bol Sanwal, Ishq Main Hum Tumain Kya Batayain, Theva Mundri tha Theva, Woh Bahar Ka Zamana and Mahi Wasey Mera.
The Government of Pakistan awarded him the Pride of Performance Award in 1991.
Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi was born on August 19, 1951 in Isakhel in the Punjabi district of Mianwali. He was named Attaullah Khan Niazi, since he was a member of the Niazi tribe.
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. 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 tried to convince them to let him sing, but they forbade him to continue singing. Disillusioned, Attaullah left home when he was eighteen years old.He traveled extensively within Pakistan and supported himself by working odd jobs.
Attaullah continued his musical training after leaving his parents’ home, and often recorded himself on cassette tapes that he later distributed.
In 1972, Attaullah was invited to perform on Radio Pakistan, Bahawalpur. That same year, he performed in a concert in Mianwali. In 1973, he performed on Neelam Ghar.
Attaullah was invited by a company in Faisalabad to record folk songs in their studio, and he recorded four albums at one time. The albums were released at the end of 1977 and became national bestsellers.
In 1980, Attaullah performed in the United Kingdom for the first time. This was also his first concert abroad. Attaullah’s albums were eventually released in the United Kingdom under various labels, including Hi-tech, OSA and Moviebox.
Attaullah Khan is a Muslim and has performed Naat and Kalaam of famous Sufi poets, such as Mian Muhammad Bakhsh’s Saiful Maluk and Bulleh Shah’s Keey Bay Dardan Sang Yaree.
He has recorded more than 40,000 songs in seven languages.
Attaullah Khan (as he is commonly known in India) became famous in India after his lyrics were used in the Bollywood movie Bewafa Sanam. Sonu Nigam, Anuradha Paudwal and Udit Narayansang his songs.