Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan was born in 1935 and died on January 4, 2017.
He was amongst the foremost Khyal vocalists in Pakistan, and a leading exponent of the Patiala Gharana (stylistic lineage).
Bade Fateh Ali Khan was the younger of the singing duo Amanat Ali and Fateh Ali, who enjoyed immense prestige and success in Pakistan as well as India, until the demise of Amanat Ali Khan (1922–1974).
Himself and his late elder brother were trained by their father, Akhtar Hussain Khan, a distinguished vocalist in the patronage of the princely state of Patiala in colonial, British India.
His grandfather was Ali Baksh Jarnail, also served the same court, and was a co-founder of the Patiala Gharana.
There prodigious talent of Amanat Ali and Fateh Ali Khan received early encouragement at the Patiala Gharana.
During 1945, they had a glorious debut at Lahore, sponsored by the influential connoisseur, Pandit Jeevanlal Mattoo.
His breakthrough came at the All-Bengal Music Conference in Calcutta in 1949, when Amanat Ali was 17, and Fateh Ali was 14, after which they never looked back.
He suffered from lung disease.
Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan passed away at 82 years old.