Lahore: Today marks 72nd birth anniversary of Pakistan’s music legend, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who was one of the greatest international stars Pakistan has ever produced.
On the occasion, world is remembering the legendary singer for his contribution towards music, not only from the subcontinent but internationally.
Known for having one of the greatest voices ever recorded Nusrat Sahab’s tunes influenced the face of music globally. The legend has specifically contributed greatly to the genre of Qawwali.
Also known as ‘Shahenshah-e-Qawwali’ or ‘King of Qawwal’, Nusrat Fateh Ali was born on October 13, 1948.
The Sufi singer belonged to the famous Patiala gharana and was possessed extraordinary range of vocals. He was given the ability to perform at a high level of intensity for several hours.
Nusrat was very attached to his father and even his first performance was at his father’s funeral in 1964. After his father’s demise, Nusrat studied qawwali from his uncles, Salamat Ali Khan and Mubarak Ali Khan.
He began performing with them in 1966, and after the death of Mubarak Ali Khan in 1971, he became the leader of the family’s party. Adapting the music to his generation, he slightly sped up the songs.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan later went on to release scores of songs and albums in Europe, India, Japan, Pakistan, and the US. He was also engaged in collaborations with different Western artists and music composers. He toured extensively, performing in over 40 countries.
His famous qawwalis include Afreen Afreen, Mere Rashke Kamar, Mera Piyar Ghar Aya, Yeh Jo Halka Halka Suroor and Sanu Ik Pal Chain Na Aave.
The Guinness Book of World Records states that Khan holds the world record for the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist a total of 125 albums as of 2001.He is also a recipient of UNESCO Music Prize and the ‘Legends’ award at the UK Asian Music Awards in 2005.
The legendary qawwal passed away on August 16, 1997, leaving behind a legacy of evergreen Sufi songs.