Aziz Mian

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Aziz Mian Qawwal
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Aziz Mian Qawwal
Background information
Birth nameAbdul Aziz
Also known asAziz Mian Mairthi
Born(1942-04-17)April 17, 1942
Delhi, British India
OriginLahore, Punjab, Pakistan
DiedDecember 6, 2000(2000-12-06) (aged 58)
Tehran, Iran
GenresQawwali
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
Musician
Poet
Philosopher
Writer
Scholar
InstrumentsHarmonium
Years active1966–2000

Aziz Mian Qawwal (Urdu: عزیز میاں قوال‎) (April 17, 1942 – December 6, 2000) was a Pakistani singer, most famous for his performing of Qawwalis. Aziz Mian was born as Abdul Aziz (Urdu: عبد العزیز‎) in Delhi, British India. The exclamation Mian, which he often used in his qawwalis, became part of his stage name. He began to introduce himself as Aziz Mian Mairthi. The word Mairthi refers to Meerut, a city in northern India, from which he migrated to Pakistan in 1947.

At the age of ten, he began learning the art of Qawwali under the tutelage of Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan. He received sixteen years of training at the Data Ganj Baksh School of Lahore, and obtained a degree in Urdu literature from the University of Punjab, Lahore.