History of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

The name of Emperor Qawwali Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan does not need any introduction, he is one of the people for whom Iqbal said well.
For thousands of years, Nargis has been crying in her light
It is very difficult to see in the lawn
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is a well-known Pakistani poet who has given a new dimension to music by combining pop and classical music. He achieved national and international success with his talents and today his art is still alive in the hearts of his fans even after years have passed.
 What is the word of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the uncrowned king of heads? 
His voice was such that it seemed as if the sweetness was scattered in the air, then the atmosphere was a bit intoxicated. The departure of the sound, the chirping, and the server seemed to make the listener laugh. The great poets who introduced the art of poetry all over the world shed light on the life of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on the occasion of his 71st birthday.


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born on October 13, 1948, in Faisalabad to a prominent family. His family was highly respected in classical and musical circles before the partition of the Indian subcontinent. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s father Fateh Ali Khan and uncle Mubarak Ali Khan were famous poets of their time. 
Due to his deep connection with music, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was also fond of Qawwali from his childhood. However, his father wanted something different. He wanted Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to become a doctor or an engineer instead of Qawwal. And out of curiosity, they finally agreed. 
After that, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan received his early education in classical music (such as tabla playing and singing) from his father. After his father’s death in 1964, he received his musical training from his uncle, Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan. Later in the evening, classical music artist Salamat Ali Khan of the Chorasi family introduced him to all the etiquettes of music.

The first performance

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan performed for the first time in his life at the age of 16 on the occasion of his father’s death. For a long time after that, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan along with his cousins ​​Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan and younger brother Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan continued to perform their art in Qarwali ceremonies. After the death of his uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan took over his Qawal Party. The ’80s brought a lot of success for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. 
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan gave his first performance as the head of the Qawal Party through Pakistan Radio’s annual music program ‘Jashn Bihar’. His first successful verse was “Haq Ali Ali” which made him known all over the world. On this platform, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sang mostly in Urdu, Punjabi, and sometimes in Persian, Burj Bhasha and Hindi.
Global performances
When rumors of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s fame began to spread abroad, he began to receive invitations from around the world, where he managed to evoke the magic of his voice. , Performed at the Arts and Dance (WOMAD) Festival. 
He traveled to Paris from 1985 to 1988, while also visiting Japan at the invitation of the Japan Foundation. In 1989, he performed at the Brooklyn Academy of New York. From 1990 to 1993, he served as a visiting artist in the Department of Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington.

Eternal songs and sayings

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has released several albums, including 125 audio albums of Qawwali. That’s why your name was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s famous songs include ‘Akhiyan Adikdiyan’, ‘S Toon Dada Dukh Na Koi’, ‘Aafreen Aafreen’, ‘Mere Rashk Qamar’, ‘Yeh Jo Halka Halka Sarwar Hai’, ‘Meri Zindagi Hai To’, ‘ Dam Mast Qalandar ‘etc. are included. Thus, all his words are his own example, but “You are a Gorkha fog” is his own example. 
As for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s world-famous masterpiece, he composed music for the first time internationally for the 1995 film “Dead Man Walking”, in addition to another famous Hollywood director, Martin Scorsese. Sehra Khan is also credited with composing the music for the film “The Last Temptation of Christ”. His album ‘Mast Mast’ with Peter Gabriel was also declared a global super hit.

National and international awards

The government of Pakistan, while acknowledging the talents of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, awarded him the Medal of Excellence. On the other hand, in 1995, he was awarded the ‘UNESCO Music Award’. Nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997 and posthumously listed as an Asian Hero by Time Magazine in 2006.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan passed away on August 16, 1997 in London due to a heart attack and thus a great musician and singer of the world was separated from us forever but his singing and voice is still ringing in the ears of the peopl
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the great poet Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who introduced the art of poetry all over the world.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a prominent singer from a well-known family in Faisalabad and a poet with a unique accent, performed hundreds of beautiful and memorable ghazals, qawwalis, and songs.
Born on October 13, 1948, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan passed away on August 16, 1997, at the age of 48 due to various ailments including liver and kidney ailments, leaving millions of fans in mourning.
At the time of his death, he was at the height of his career, with many international artists calling it his good fortune to work with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the emperor of poetry and the uncrowned king of music, passed away 22 years ago, but the magic of his beautiful voice still reigns in hearts.
Emperor Qawwali Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s rule over hearts even today
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan adopted the color of Sufi Qawwali at the age of 16 and sang ghazals, classical and Sufi songs along with Qawwali.  He was also familiar with the art of playing the harmonium, drums, and other instruments.
 Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who has captivated everyone with his unique Sufi style in different countries of the world including Pakistan, India, and the UK, sang verses and ghazals in Urdu, Punjabi, and Persian which were highly appreciated.
 He also sang songs including qawwali and ghazals, of which ‘My Message Pakistan’ is the most popular.
 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has won numerous national and international awards.
 He also evoked the magic of his voice in songs of several Indian films, especially the song of the famous Bollywood film Dhadkan ‘Dulhe Ka Sehra Sahana Lagta Hai’ which was highly appreciated.
Many of his poems and songs have been sung by Pakistani and Indian singers in their own style.
 Emperor Qawwali Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan passed away on August 16, 1997, due to liver and kidney problems but his songs died.
By the way, every verse, ghazal, and song of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is very popular but below is a tribute to him along with some of his famous verses and songs.

Nusrat was the only one

Ustad Fateh Ali Khan was less likely to shine in the coffin of music, so he wanted to make him a doctor by reading and writing. The son’s heart was in the music, so the stage came when the teacher gave up and the son began to study music at home.
Noor Fateh Nazar was born to Ustad Fateh Ali Khan on October 13, 1948, after having four daughters. His name was changed to Pervez which changed to ‘PG’. As a child, an elder changed his name to Nusrat, who became Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with his father’s name and became famous in many countries.
It is about the boyhood of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan that the famous singer Pandit Dina Nath came from Calcutta to Faisalabad and stayed at his house. He complained to Ustad Fateh Ali Khan that the song he sang here was so dusty that he could not find any suitable person to accompany him on the tabla. He was told to become a singer and play the tabla Nusrat.
 Dina Nath laughed when he heard this and said: Hey this fat Nusrat?
The confident father replied: Yes, he is fat but his mind is very thin.
Before going through the ordeal, the father reminded his son of a few points.
Nusrat’s fingers touched the drum and Dina Nath was amazed at the young man’s skill. He got up, hugged him and said: Fateh Ali Khan, this is your youngest son.
This sentence caused pride and expansion for both father and son.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan had to learn so many mysteries from his father that he passed away in 1964. A mountain of grief fell on the family. Nusrat lost his father’s shadow. Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan’s pair broke up. For years, he and his brother have been carrying on the family’s centuries-old tradition of poetry. 
In those days of despair, Nusrat’s sister took him to Naomi, who looked at his hand and said: The boy will be very big. It will be famous all over the world. 
The siblings heard this uncertainly and returned home.
When the shadow of his father rose from his head, the envious ones raised their heads, who thought that the subtle voice of Nusrat was not suitable for Qawwali, and there was no shortage of those who considered his obesity an obstacle to artistic progress. In these circumstances, Taya helped the orphaned nephew and placed his hand on his head. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan gave his first public performance by singing Qawwali with Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan. After that, go to sleep.
Radio access in 1965. Art performances at shrines and shrines also continued. After the death of Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan in 1971, he became the head of the family’s Qawal Party, known as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mujahid Mubarak Ali & Party. After the radio, Nusrat also showed the iron of art in the hearings on TV. He could easily sing in both Urdu and Punjabi.
 In the time when Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was stepping into the field of Qawwali, there were many more Qawwals, of which Ghulam Farid Sabri was the most prominent. Gradually, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan made his place, and then came the time when his name entered the Guinness Book of World Records for recording 125 albums of Qawwali.
Nusrat made new experiments in qawwali, revived the art with a combination of tradition and innovation, took it out of traditional circles and made it popular among other sections of the society, an example of which is the popularity of qawwali among cricketers.

The great star of the world of classical music: Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan belonged to a prominent family of Qawwali. His father, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, and uncle, Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan, are highly regarded in the classical music circles of the Indian subcontinent. After the partition of the subcontinent, the family settled in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan also belonged to this city. His family was originally from the East Punjab city of Jalandhar.
He first gave a performance in front of a gathering at the age of sixteen on the occasion of his father’s death. At the same time, he was recognized as the head of this well-known Qawwali family. He received his early education in classical music from his father. After the demise of his father, he received his musical training from his uncle, Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan, and then from Salaam Ali Khan, a genius classical music artist from the Sham Chorasi family

Emperor Qawwali Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Imran Khan

“It was in the 80’s when Imran Khan was raising funds for Shaukat Khanum. Imran Khan and I sat on the roof and downstairs were reciting Nusrat Fateh Qawwali. We kept watching and listening. Imran Khan was very impressed. Special article on the anniversary of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
On August 16, 1997, Emperor Qawwali Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan passed away at the age of 48.
23 years have passed but the generations after Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan are also relying on his words.
Born in Faisalabad, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan of the Patiala family was the son of the famous Qawwal Ustad Fateh Ali Khan of his time and the nephew of Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan. His father wanted him to become a doctor or an engineer but Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and then he brought his native art to the level of perfection that music tastes and knowledge say. Even after the departure of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, no poet or singer of his play was born.
While Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan celebrated Qawwali or Sufi music in the East, his art also influenced Western artists and presented a fusion of Eastern and Western fusion that perhaps no one had ever done before.
Ahmed Aqeel Ruby was a well-known poet, novelist, translator, researcher, critic, and teacher of literature. He authored a comprehensive book, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, on the life, personality, and art of Nusrat Fateh Ali, which was published by Words of Wisdom Publishers in 1992.
In this book, in a message given to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan by the famous English singer and music director Peter Gabriel, he said, “I met Nusrat Fateh Ali at a show in London. I met him there for the first time. Heard His rhythm, rhythm, beat, everything was a new experience for me. His range of voice was so wide that it is difficult to estimate. Based on this, I asked Nusrat for the background music of my film Last Temptation of Christ. used. Behind the scenes of crucifixion in the film, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sang in the court melody.
For this special scene, I tried many singers from all over the world, but I could not find the strength in their voices. Finally, Nusrat came and his beautiful voice made this film last for four months.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan himself had admitted in a few TV interviews that he was introduced to the West by Peter Gabriel. In addition, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan also worked with the famous singer Madonna and sang her songs. I woke up to the magic of my voice.
Yousuf Salahuddin, a close friend of Nasraf Fateh Ali Khan and well known in the world of socialite and music, shared some memories of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with Independent Urdu. 
Yusuf Salahuddin says, “We sometimes saw Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Qawwali on PTV with his uncle Mubarak Ali. “Once a local woman in the inner city of Lahore asked me to hold a Qawwali party. I gave her permission.”
“He told me that Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan would come to this party. At that time, his phrase, “This is the lightest server” became very popular. In those days, the current Prime Minister Imran Khan was staying in my mansion. I told him that I would listen to Qawwali in the evening.
“It was in the ’80s when Imran Khan was raising funds for Shaukat Khanum. Imran Khan and I sat on the roof and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was reciting Qawwali. We kept watching and listening. Imran Khan was very impressed. He then asked Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to help him in raising funds for Shaukat Khanum. And then Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan along with Imran Khan did a lot of fundraising for Shaukat Khanum.
Yousuf Salahuddin said, “Once British Princess Lady Diana came to Pakistan, then Imran Khan was married to Jaima and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan had become famous internationally, so Lady Diana wanted to listen to him. In this regard, Imran Khan organized a function at his house where Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan came and performed. Besides, British singer McJeger also wanted to listen to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. A party was also arranged for him at Imran Khan’s house. The party started at 9 pm and continued till 5 am. Then there was another beautiful sitting. Maybe it was my wedding anniversary. Wherever Madame Noor came from, there were a lot of other people.
Yousuf Salahuddin said, “The family of the mother of the current Prime Minister Imran Khan had a close relationship with the family of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Both the families migrated from Afghanistan and settled in Jalandhar, India. Even during the Partition of India, both the families migrated to Pakistan after which Imran Khan’s mother settled in Lahore Zaman Park while Nusrat Fateh Ali’s family moved to Faisalabad.  
Yusuf Salahuddin says, “When Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan made the music for the first Indian film, which was Aishwarya Rai’s first film, ‘and fell in love’, all the music was made by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sitting here in my mansion.” Indian poet Javed Akhtar came here, he wrote songs and all the producers and directors of this film came and sitting here in the mansion, he completed the work in three to four days. 
According to Yusuf Salahuddin, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan changed the music of Bollywood, he brought Punjabi in it, Urdu mixed Punjabi is still playing in Bollywood but his real identity and respect is his poetry. This was the reason Western people around the world are very much influenced by Sufi music, even though they do not understand poetry, but its beat is such a spiritual thing that whites get tired of swaying. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is the only singer who made Qawwali famous all over the world as Sufi music. Earlier, Qawwali was sung in India and Pakistan, but Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan introduced it from the United States to Japan. His best recordings were in France, which is unmatched. Going to Europe, America, Far East, and singing is not a small thin۔

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