Ali Sethi is a well-known musician, composer, and novelist from Pakistan. After receiving high marks for his work “The Wish Maker,” he was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize Award. Numerous essays that Ali Sethi has authored have been published in multiple publications, including The New York Times, The Caravan, The New Yorker, and The Friday Times.
Ali Sethi’s Family
He was born to parents Najam Sethi and Jugnu Mohsin on July 2, 1984, in Lahore. Each of his parents is a seasoned journalist. In addition to becoming the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board, his dad spent a year as the acting Chief Minister of Punjab. His mom started Pakistan’s first English-language independent newsweekly, The Friday Times. Mira Sethi, a journalist and actress is Sethi’s only sibling.
Early Life of Ali Sethi as a writer
Sethi began writing The Wish Maker, his first novel in English, near the end of his undergraduate studies in 2006. The work is set in a middle-class, liberal enclave of Lahore and follows three generations of characters through Pakistan’s political history. The brilliant Ali Sethi studied at both Harvard University and Aitchison College.
Artistic Profession of Ali Sethi
The New York Times, The Caravan, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker have all published essays and articles by Ali Sethi. It is clear from Ali’s writings that he wishes for a Pakistan that respects the rights of minorities while also being open to new ideas and cultures.
The career of Ali Sethi
He made his singing debut in the film The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) and later that year recorded a cover version of the song “Mohabbat Karne Waley.” His subsequent cover of Reshma’s “Kithay Nain Na Jori” was one of four singles he released, all of which were well-received by critics. The songs “Kya Hoga Kya Hoga” and “Aah Ko” were recorded by Sethi for Manto (2015). His 2016 debut, “Mahi Mera,” was met with widespread critical acclaim.
In February 2015, he likewise discharged his first music videography, “Kithay Nain Na Jori,” at Karachi Literature Festival, presenting Ali Sethi himself, featuring Sania Saeed, Adnan Siddiqui, and Ali’s sister Mira Sethi as respect to Reshma.
In 2019, Sethi began releasing his original songs, working with Grammy-winning producer Noah Georgeson. Ali Sethi is well-known for fusing musical performances with historical narration and analytical analysis.
His recent viral hit Pasoori featured lyrics by Ali Sethi and Shae Gill and was recorded for the album Coke Studio with music by Xulfi.
Ali Sethi’s Coke Studio Debut
Alj Sethi has participated in multiple seasons of Coke Studio Pakistan and recorded several cover singles in recent years. Sethi made his singing debut in 2015 on Coke Studio Season 8 with a cover of Umran Lagiyaan by Asad Amanat Ali Khan.
Ali Sethi’s “Pasoori” success from Coke Studio season 14 is a well-deserved acknowledgment of his status as the best singer in the country. Pasoori is reaching close to 400 million views, and more and more musicians are releasing cover versions of the song and replicating it because they can’t get enough of the upbeat tune. A list of his coke studio songs is as under: –
- Umran Lagiyaan – Season 8
- Aaqa – Season 9
- Ranjish He Sahi – Season 10
- Tinak Dhin – Season 10
- Gulon Mein Rang – Season 12
- Mundiya – Season 12
- Pasoori – Season 14
Awards and Achievements of Ali Sethi
- Sethi was nominated Best Playback Singer – Male at the 15th Lux Style Awards.
- Best Playback Singer – Male in 2nd ARY Film Awards for his work on the song “Aah Ko.”
- At the 4th Annual Hum Awards, his single “Kithay Nain Na Jorain” was nominated for Best Music Single.
- Singer of the Year – Lux Style Awards in 2018
- Ali Sethi made it onto the “100 NEXT List.”
Best Original Songs of Ali Sethi
Some of the best original singles of Ali Sethi are:
- Mahi Mera – (2016)
- Waasta (2018)
- Chandni Raat (2019)
- Ishq (2019)
- Dil Ki Khair (2019)
- Dil Lagayeein (2019)
- Pehla Qadam (2020)
- Rung (2021)
- Yakjehti Mein (2021)
Best Cover Songs of Ali Sethi
- Chan Kithan (Punjabi folk song)
- Kithay Nain Na Jorin (Reshma cover)
- Haal Aisa Nahin (Ghulam Ali cover)
- Yaad Mein Teri (Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi cover)
- Dil Jalaane ki Baat Kartey Ho (Farida Khanum cover)
- Dil Karda Ay and Agar Tum Mil Jao ft. Quratulain Balouch
- Mere Hamnafas (Begum Akhtar cover)
- Mere Aur Hain Iraday
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