Habib Wali Mohammad

Habib Wali Mohammad

Habib Wali Mohammad

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Habib Wali Mohammad (Urdu: حبیب ولی محمد) (born 1921) is a Pakistani ghazal singer.

Early life

Habib Wali Mohammad was born in Rangoon to a conservative Memon family, which later moved to Bombay. His family, Tabani, an industrial house has large business holdings in Pakistan.

During his childhood Habib Wali often listed to Qawwali music. But due to economic reasons, he gave priority to academics.

He received his MBA from Syracuse University in 1947, and then lived in Bombay for about 10 years before moving to Pakistan. His brother Ashraf W. Tabani was governor of the province of Sindh around 1988.)


As a youth, Habib Wali received classical music lessons from Ustad Latafath Husain, nephew of Ustad Fayyaz Khan. In college, he became active in the musical functions of Ismail Yusuf College, gaining the nickname ‘Taan sain’. After completing bachelors in Bombay, he studied for his MBA in USA. In mid 1940s he returned to Bombay.

In 1941, Habib Wali was awarded first prize in a Bombay music competition with 1200 contestants, including the singer Mukesh Chand Mathur. His winning performance was singing the ghazal of last Moghul Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, Lagta Nahin Hai Jee Mera Ujray Diyar Mein.

Encouraged by this honor, at a young age, he took more interest in ghazal singing. During his stay in...
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