72nd birthday of eminent qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan held today (Tuesday).
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan remained legend eminent Pakistani music maestro, qawwal and playback singer.
72nd birthday of eminent qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Born on October 1948 in Faisalabad, Nusrat belonged to the Patiala gharana.
HIs ancestors had the 600-year old Qawwali tradition.
Popularly known as “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali”, Khan inherited that legacy of his family.
He introduced Qawwali to international audiences.
The LA Weekly in 2016 described him as the 4th greatest singer of all time by
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was also a Visiting Artist in the Ethnomusicology department at the University of Washington and Seattle, United States.
He sang songs in several Pakistani movies as playback singer.
He died on August 16, 1997 after brief illness.
Nusrat gave a new life to qawwali with composition of new music mixing with the old one.
His qawwali Dam Mast Qalandar Mast Mast brought worldwide fame for him.
That qawwali internationalized Pakistani traditional qawwal and qawwali.
Nusrat’s qawwali inspired and captivated even those who didn’t understand even Urdu or Punjabi language.
Similarly, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan had his own style of ghazal singing.
That too attracted new audience who remain captivated to his ghazel even to date.
(Story: Irfan Ali)