Famous Composers from Pakistan

List of notable or famous composers from Pakistan, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Pakistan and even some popular composers who immigrated to Pakistan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Pakistani composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Pakistan is included when available.

This list has everything from Adnan Sami to Ali Zafar.

This historic composers from Pakistan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Pakistani composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Pakistan?" These prominent composers of Pakistan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Pakistani composers.

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  • Aamir Zaki
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    Aamir Zaki (April 8, 1968 – June 2, 2017) was a Saudi born Pakistani guitarist-songwriter, Zaki is considered by many as one of the most influential guitarists in Pakistan's history.
    • Age: 55
  • Adnan Sami
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    Adnan Sami Khan (born 15 August 1971) is an Indian singer, musician, music composer, pianist and actor. He performs Indian and western music, specially for Hindi movies. His most notable instrument is the piano. He is credited for being the first person to play Indian classical music on the piano in a style he created through the Santoor. A review in US-based Keyboard magazine described him as the fastest keyboard player in the world and called him the keyboard discovery of the nineties. As a multi-platinum recording artist, he has sold the biggest selling independent albums of all time in India. He can play over 35 musical instruments.He was born in London to Arshad Sami Khan, a Pakistani ...more
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
  • Ahmed Ghulamali Chagla
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    Ahmed Ghulam Ali Chagla (Urdu: احمد غلام علی چھاگلہ‎; 31 May 1902 – 5 February 1953) was a Pakistani musical composer who famously wrote the music for the national anthem of Pakistan in 1949. A scholar and writer, he was also an active member of the Theosophical Society.
    • Age: Dec. at 50 (1902-1953)
    • Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
  • Ali Zafar
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    Ali Zafar (Urdu: علی ظفر ‎; born 18 May 1980) is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, model, actor, producer, screenwriter and painter. Zafar started out on Pakistani TV before becoming a popular musician. He later also established a career in Bollywood and his success led many Pakistani actors to venture into Hindi films. He has received five Lux Style Awards and a Filmfare Award nomination.Zafar started his career as a music composer and gained popularity by his single "Channo" from his debut album Huqa Pani, which sold over five million copies worldwide. "Channo" turned out to be a huge success, topping many music charts and earned him several awards for Best Music Album and Artist. Zafar ...more
    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
  • Bilal Maqsood is a member of Strings, a very popular Pakistani pop band. He has also directed a number of music videos. For Bilal and his band Strings, success came in 1992 after the launch of the song Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar, the song was an instant hit and so was Strings. Strings made its entry into the Bollywood music scene in 2006.
    • Age: 52
  • Ghulam Ahmed Chishti (Urdu: غُلام احمد چِشتی ‎), (often abbreviated to G.A. Chishti)(Urdu: جی اے چِشتی ‎), (17 August 1905 – 25 December 1994) was a Pakistani music composer, attributed as being one of the founders of Pakistani film music. He is also sometimes referred to as Baba Chishti.Working with filmi music, Chishti excelled at Punjabi compositions and was 'apt at weaving the design of influences around Punjabi music'. With almost 5,000 tunes to his credit, he composed scores for 140–150 films and was the first musician to reach the '100 films' threshold in newly independent Pakistan after 1947. Being a poet, he had written lyrics for 12 of the most popular Pakistani film songs ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 89 (1905-1994)
    • Birthplace: Jalandhar, India