Music composer Wajahat Attre passes away at 68

Music composer Wajahat Attre passes away at 68

The composer was suffering from paralysis and heart problems
27 May, 2017

Noted music composer Wajahat Attre passed away on Friday. He was 68.

Attre had been facing medical complications for the last few months, and was suffering from paralysis and heart problems. He was admitted to the Jinnah Hospital where he died. He has left behind three sons and a daughter.

A number of personalities from the world of entertainment attended Attre’s funeral, including singers Shaukat Ali, Anwar Ali, Ustad Ghulam Haider Khan and Qadir Ali Shagan, film director Shehzad Rafique, music composer Wazir Afzal, Radio Pakistan Sargodha Station Director Saleem Bazmi, film writer Pervaiz Kalim and poet Altaf Bajwa.

He was laid to rest at Miani Sahib graveyard. His qul will be held on Sunday at Imambargah Neelam Block, Iqbal Town.

Wajahat Attre was a son of renowned music composer Rasheed Attre. He was born in Puna, India in 1945. After Partition, his family migrated to Pakistan. He has composed music for over 200 films.

Saleem Bazmi told Dawn that although film Zarqa’s music was composed by his father Rasheed, one of the songs on the film’s soundtrack – ‘Raqs zanjeer pehen ker bhi kiya jata hai’ -- was composed by Wajahat as his father died during the making of the film.

Attre has several popular film songs to his credit such as ‘Wagdi nadi da paani’, ‘Vay ik tera pyar menu mileya’, ‘Anda teray layi reshmi rumal’ among other hits. Overall, he has composed for 3,000 film and non-film songs. The films that became popular due to their music composed by Attre were Mukhra, Chan Varyam, Naukar Woti Da and Ishq Khuda. Many a singer has sung songs composed by the eminent music director, including Madam Noor Jehan, Humera Channa, Saira Naseem, Shabnam Majeed, Saima Mumtaz and Azra Jahan.

For the last five years, Attre had been working with Radio Pakistan Lahore on contractual basis. Punjab Arts Council and Lahore Arts Council both planned to hold references in the memory of the late music composer.

Singers, actors and producers have all expressed grief on Attre’s death. Writer Pervaiz Kalim said that Attre had made a huge contribution to the film industry.

Originally published in Dawn, May 27th, 2017


M. Saeed Awan May 27, 2017 12:35pm
He was par excellence composer. During strict Zia era when film industry saw its downfall, it was Wajahat's popular songs that supported films to be hit. Shair Khan is best example. Pakistan is deprived of such talented person.
Salim Haidrani May 27, 2017 01:42pm
Attre Music - Family has been a great heritage for the culture of music and entertainment in Pakistan. Film Zarqa and its political songs still relevant to the struggle of Kasmir and its freedom from India. No body can forget Zarqa and its sublime music and the message of resistance against power and occupation. Wajahat Attre will be remembered as a great music composer and artist wherever the music lovers live because as we know music, art and literature are a part of freedom, human dignity and resistance against oppression and hopelessness. Thank you Dawn writing about Wajahat Atrre and Rasheed Atrre.
BABU May 27, 2017 01:52pm
@Salim Haidrani Basically a Punjabi Pandit family.