He was commemorated with a special award by the government of his motherland for his contribution to music and for a change in the way people would listen and perceive music. Initially his talent of crooning was never noticed by anyone of his family but sooner than ever he was well appreciated and recognized by his school teachers and friends who further encouraged him to take it up as a full time career option.
Otherwise, the world would not have been able to know about atif aslam and atif aslam would not have been someone different from the crowd. He has also acted in a couple of movies and music videos but his forte remains in singing only. Of late, he has not been able to belt out more chart-busting numbers or else he would have become the much sort after voice of our films and our country. Incidentally, he has not received any formal training in this regard and whenever asked about he just mentions politely that he sings from his heart. Unlike the upcoming new comers who have been formally trained in classical music and western style as well, this one is just a rare stone, which must be treasured by all and sundry.
Testimonies of his fan following are various social networking sites namely twitter, linked in, zorpia and the likes where people from across the globe who have gone gaga over his music have formed groups and support him strongly. Though not an eminent figure in the social circuit of Mumbai, yet he does not fail to grace award functions and is in the move to judge a few reality show hunts as well where young talent is tapped at a very nascent stage.