Mazhar Ali (b. 1971) is a pianist and harmonium player who was born in Lahore who associates himself with the Patiala gharana, or school of music. His father, Wasir Hussain Haideri, who was from Delhi, used to play the harmonium. At the age of 18, Mazhar Ali began to learn the harmonium from his father, but he slowly shifted to the electronic keyboard as the its popularity in Pakistan skyrocketed. He played in many bands, such as the famous Jupiters, some of whose former members include the singers Ali Azmat and Jawad Ahmed, with him also having performed in the hit song ‘Yaaron Yahi Dosti Hai’. He says that he has taught 35 students both classical and pop music, of whom many play the piano at hotels throughout Lahore. However, his children do not follow his footsteps, but rather are pursuing higher education to achieve financial security in adulthood.
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