Published On: Tue, Aug 16th, 2016

Legendary qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan remembered on 19th death anniversary


KARACHI: The 19th death anniversary of qawwali legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is being marked on Tuesday (today).

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born in Faisalabad on 13th October, 1948 and is considered one of the trend-setters and pioneers of fusion music in Pakistan.

He was trained by his father Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and he was used to perform with his father in different programs.

The maestro had amazing vocal capabilities and could perform for several hours with high pitched vocals.

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali was the first musician to blend eastern and western musical styles together. He had collaborated with many foreign musicians including A.R. Rehman, Lata Mangeshkar, Ed Vedder and Peter Gabriel.

He holds the world record for releasing the highest number of albums with 125 albums to his name. His famous numbers include Dum Mast Qalandar Mast and Mera Piya Ghar Aaya (My lover has come home) and Ali (R.A) Maula Ali (R.A).


His Hamd “Wohi Khuda Hai” and national song “Mera Paigham Pakistan” are still popular among the music lovers.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was awarded the prestigious Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan in 1987 for his contribution in promotion of music in the country.

Time Magazine included Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s name in their list of Asian Heroes whereas he was popularly called in Japan as “The Singing Buddha”. He won several international awards for his contribution in the world music.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was a world famous Qawwali singer. The legendary singer was not only popular in Pakistan but also in rest of the world. Hailing from a family well-versed in classical music as well as in qawwali, he became the torch-bearer of his family name. Although he placed the tradition in high regard, he wasn’t one afraid of experiments. His experiments included various forms of fusion and shortening the length of his tracks. Where a typical qawwali would take 60 or 30 minutes, he started producing them as 5-10 minutes songs—often with modern orchestra. The results were fantastic.

His voice is universally recognised as one of the great voices in musical history and he was key in bringing the Qawwali music tradition to the Western world.

He passed away at the age of 48 in the year of 1997, having become one of the world’s most outstanding vocalists.

Nusrat Fateh’s songs are still alive among his fans and also youngsters, and have defined the art-form of Qawwali for the generations to come.

There is no two opinion that Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is a maestro and a legend in the history of Pakistani music.

Courtesy: ARY

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology