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FINAL POWER 100 BOOK 2.59 TUE_Layout 1 14/02/2017 13:54 Page 20 SALMAN IQBAL ARY Digital Network RAHAT FATEH ALI KHAN inheriting a passion for excellence and enterprise from the family, Salman have been able to become one of the most dynamic and effective members of arY Group. within a span of seventeen years, today Salman is the head of pakistan’s largest private Satellite network comprising of a brilliant team of more than a 2600 professionals across the globe. in addition to his enthusiasm for success in business, Salman strives to be a humble and beneficial human being and give back to society at large and to his country to the best of his ability. Salman took over the business of arY digital network with the acquisition of the pakistani channel in london in early 2000. within less than 3 years of the takeover, Salman had turned the 12 hour channel from Uk to a global network of 11 channels – broadcasting into pakistan, india, north america, Uk/ europe and the middle east. Salman has simply pioneered the emergence of the private media in pakistan. he has been responsible for quite a few firsts. he launched the first pakistani, Global news and current affairs channel - arY news which introduced to pakistan, “free news”, that had been limited till then to the information provided by the State owned channel. Since its inception arY news has set many path breaking trends such as the first pakistani channel, to cover the situation in afghanistan and afghan elections in depth. has extensive team, covering the tribal areas of pakistan. arY news, was the first channel from the region to cover the iraq war from within iraq, the first and only channel to cover the israeli / lebanon war from the war zone itself, including the first ever channel to broadcast the israeli prerogative as well to a predominantly muslim population of viewers, which was a risky move by Salman, well received in pakistan. he has also been credited with placing pakistan on the map in the world of entertainment. he engineered and orchestrated strategic partnerships with global media organizations such as hBo and Viacom, endemol, celador to introduce them to the country and expand their business interests and as well representing them pakistan. Salman has organised the first and only mega concert by a western pop star, Bryan adams in 2006 with proceeds donated to a children’s charity in pakistan. rahat fateh ali khan is a pakistani singer, primary singing in the genre Qawwali, a devotional music of the muslim Sufis. he also performs ghazals and other light music. he is popular as a Bollywood playback singer. rahat fateh ali khan has created his own space in the music market today from assisting his uncle nusrat fateh ali khan, collaborating an album with the famous american rock band pearl Jam. he has also contributed to the soundtrack of the 1995 hollywood film dead man walking, the 2002 soundtrack of four feathers in collaboration with american composer of orchestral and film music, James horner. his recent hollywood contribution is in mel Gibson’s apocalypto in 2006. he has won awards for Best male playback Singer; filmfare awards 2011, Best male playback; Screen awards 2011 and 2010 and the Best international act; Uk asian music awards 2010. 20

FINAL POWER 100 BOOK 2.59 TUE_Layout 1 14/02/2017 13:54 Page 21 SALMAN AHMAD Music and UN Goodwill Ambassador Salman ahmad, one of South asia’s most influential cultural figures, is a musician, physician and United nations goodwill ambassador. with his wife, Samina, he launched an nGo called the Salman & Samina Global wellness initiative, focused on interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue, global health and wellness, and music education. ahmad popularized a blend of western rock music and eastern/islamic music that has been called “Sufi rock” and that has been hailed as a cultural bridge within South asia and between the east and west. Born in lahore, pakistan, ahmad spent his teenage years in new York before returning to lahore to train as a medical doctor. turning then to his true passion of music, ahmad founded South asia’s biggest rock band, Junoon, in 1990. the band faced death threats and harassment from religious extremists and government forces in its early years, but Junoon’s sweeping melodies, bhangra rock rhythms and driving guitars led it to become known as “the U2 of South asia.” Junoon has sold over 25 million albums worldwide and has shared the stage with artists such as melissa etheridge, alicia keys, Sting, earth wind and fire, and wyclef Jean. ahmad has recently cowritten and recorded a song with academy award winning artist melissa etheridge called ring the Bells. ahmad led Junoon in a 2001 performance at the U.n. General assembly hall, the first such rock performance in that hall. in 2007 Junoon performed at the nobel peace prize ceremony in oslo. the group defied death threats from militants to perform in 2008 in the valley of kashmir, the first rock concert to be held in Srinagar. Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon also presented a documentary on Junoon for VH1 titled, ‘Islamabad: Rock City’. Jon pareles of the new York times has described Junoon as “South asia’s answer to Santana,” and the wall Street Journal called Junoon’s eclectic music “a powerful combination of led Zeppelin and traditional South asian percussion like tabla and dholak.” ahmad has written a memoir for Simon and Schuster titled rock and roll Jihad (scheduled for publication in early 2010) and has written commentaries for the washington post’s “on faith” website. he is also a member of the Brookings institute’s US-islamic arts & culture panel for public diplomacy. ahmad has appeared on major television networks such as cnn, foX, aBc, nBc, al-Jazeera and al-arabiya and has been the subject of two documentary films: “the rockstar and the mullahs” and “its my country too” for pBS/wide angle and the BBc. hollywood actress Susan Sarandon also presented a documentary on Junoon for Vh1 titled, “islamabad: rock city.” ahmad is also a professor at Queens college (cUnY) where he teaches music and poetry from muslim culture. he received an honorary doctorate from the claremont Graduate University in 2009. 21

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