Published On: Wed, Aug 17th, 2016

Top 5 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan compositions of all times


Top 5 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan compositions of all times

The iconic maestro, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan gave not only the sub-continent but the world some of the best compositions in qawwalis and songs that defy constraints of time and space. 

Setting the bar at the highest for those aspiring for greatness in this industry, his Sufi mystic compositions as well as romantic songs were not only popularized in the region, but the world over, giving a fresh identity to this art of poetry and music. His velvety soft voice belted out some of the most powerful compositions of all time.

Celebrating the unequaled artist and his undying legacy on his 19th death anniversary this year, we bring to you some of the musical genius’s best:

1. Wohi Khuda Hai

Recounting God’s bounties and blessings, this powerful composition will leave you in awe of His splendor and the beauty of the mortal’s voice.


2. Dam Mast Qalandar

This fast-beat qawwali is sure to make your soul want to dance in joy and ecstasy.


3. Allah Hoo

Surely one of the all-time favourites, this Hamd shines with the singer’s love for God.


4. Aap Bethe Hain Balin Pe Mere

A qawwali for the beloved, the poetry in this composition is intense and piercing.


5.Kamli Wale Muhammad

Recited in beautiful Punjabi, Kamli Wale Muhammad is a soft gentle rendition.


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born on October 13, 1948 in Lyallpur, Punjab, Pakistan. He was married to Naheed Nusrat. He died on August 16, 1997 in London, England.

Holds the world’s record (verified by the Guinness Book of World Records) for the biggest recording output by a Qawwali artist (a total of 125 albums of recorded music).

Brother of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan and uncle of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Considered one of the greatest singers ever recorded. He possessed a six-octave vocal range and could perform at a high-level of intensity for several hours.

His family have been musicans and singers of Qawwali (Islamic devotional music) for six centuries. Nusrat’s father, himself a singer, died in 1964 when Nusrat was about 16. His father had wanted his son to become a doctor because Qawwali is a very challenging style to learn. Ten days after his father’s death, Nusrat had a dream where his father came to him and told him to sing, touching his throat. Nusrat woke up singing, and gave his first public performance at his father’s funeral ceremony forty days later.

Courtesy: IMDB & SAMAA

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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