Commemorating The Shahenshah of Qawwali – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
His voice is recognized as the pioneer of Sufi music and Qawwali and is heard across the world. The legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a Pakistani musician is remembered for amazing voice he possessed. He popularized the age old tradition of Qawwali to international audiences and holds record of singing with numerous International artists.
Khan was born on 13th October 1948 in a Punjabi Muslim family in Faisalabad to musicologist, instrumentalist and Qawwal Fateh Ali Khan. Despite of his father’s objection, Khan chose to continue his family’s tradition of singing Qawwali. He first performed when he was just 16 years old. He toured all over the world and performed in more than 40 countries where he mesmerized the audiences with his high pitched voice. Khan was also celebrated because of his ability to sing with a high intensity.
Khan teamed up with many international artists like Peter Gabriel, Eddie Vedder, etc and won recognition across the globe. He was inspiration for many artists as well including the Indian musical maestro A. R. Rahman who worked with the Qawwali legend in the album Gurus of Peace. Khan has made important contribution in the field of Sufi music and has honored Bollywood with some of his melodious songs.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan who is a popular Sufi and Bollywood singer is the nephew of Khan. Khan died in 1997 when he was just 48 years old. The legend was honored with many titles. He was the recipient of ‘Legends’ award by UK Asian Music Award and was bestowed the title ‘Ustad’ in Lahore after performing classical music at a function.
Khan has left a repertoire of collections which serves as the sheer inspiration for musicians working with Sufi music and Qawwali. He was worshipped for the style he used to sing with and his songs continue to create wonders every time one hears it.
Let us one more time get charmed by the evergreen voice.
A song which is still popular among music lovers
Combination of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Javed Akhtar
A song which cannot be missed in the list
A Bollywood song in which Khan himself was featured
‘Kitna Sona’ from the movie Raja Hindustani (1996) is originally a Khan’s number