Ustads Amanat Ali Khan and Fateh Ali Khan were born in Sham Chaurasi in Hoshiarpur in Punjab. They were trained in classical music by their father Akhtar Husain Khan. Their grandfather Ali Bakhsh Jarnail was the founder of ‘Patiala Gharana’.
After initial recognition in the Patiala court, the two brothers had a glorious debut in Lahore in 1945. They moved to Pakistan after Partition, and following an initial period of destitution, the duo made a breakthrough at the All-Bengal Music Conference in Calcutta in 1949. Amanat Ali was 17 at that time and Fateh Ali was 14.
Their concerts on Radio Pakistan became very popular and they continued to tour South Asia and the rest of the world until Amanat Ali Khan died in 1974. Fateh Ali Khan could not sing again for several years. Eventually he changed his singing style. He is the last living vocalist trained in proper Patiala style.