Atif Aslam (عاطف اسلم, born March 12, 1983) is a Pakistani pop singer. He was born in Wazirabad and educated in Lahore and Rawalpindi. He is well-known in the Subcontinent and with ex-pats for his songs 'Aadat', 'Hum Kis Gali Jaa Rahe hain', 'Ehsaas', 'Doorie', 'Kuch Is Tarah', "Woh lamhe", "Pehli nazar mein" and "Tere Bin". He was formerly the lead singer of Jal.
At the age of 9, he moved to Islamabad where he studied at Saint Paul's School. Atif came back to Lahore in 1995 where he continued his studies in Divisional Public School (DPS), Model Town, Lahore. He was selected in his school cricket team as a bowler. Atif cleared his 10th grade in 14 years of age with a distinctive edge that he has always been the youngest boy in the class because of his double promotions while he was in Kimberley Hall. During this period he was putting his best efforts into becoming a professional cricketer. He practiced at the nets at Shapes club in Lahore where Imran Khan would give him tips on bowling. He passed out of DPS after completing his school ending matriculation exams. He further continued his education from Fizzia Air Force College (Lahore) where he completed his ICS with the class of 2001.
His hobby of singing continued with him entering the singing competition of his college. There were a total of 3 participants. The media team entered Atif's name in the competition at the eleventh hour. He won the competition by singing the hit number Duur of Strings. He kept on winning these competitions every semester until he announced that he will no longer participate in them so that someone else can also win the competition.
He met Goher, a "guitarist" and his future Jal bandmate, at his college. Together they practiced and started doing mini concerts for their friends whether they wanted to hear them play or not. Atif used to perform Junoon and Strings songs at these concerts. They started performing in their college, McDonalds, Uncle Bubba's Rabba Dabba and other restaurants.
JaL recorded the song Aadat at Mekal Hassan's Studio. Atif and Goher formed the band Jal, which means water. The song became popular on different musical websites in Pakistan. The song was also being on aired on major Radio channels of Pakistan like City FM 89, FM 100, Mast FM 103, FM 105 etc. The video for this song was released on Ary The Music and then it was played on almost all the channels.
Atif released his first album Jal Pari on 18th July 2004 by Sound Master and IC records. It was declared to be the best selling album of the year within just 5 months of the release.. It doesn't matter that it was the people who were promoting the album who said that. It was still said. In the meantime Atif also cleared his Bachelors in Computer Science (hons) from University of Central Punjab. On 14th April 2007 Atif Aslam performed in Royal Albert Hall.
His songs Aadat and Ehsaas were included in the Hollywood art movie Man Push Cart. The film had its world premiere at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. The film entered the "official selection" of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and won the Fipresci Critic's Award at the London Film Festival.
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