LAHORE: Death anniversary of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, one of the greatest Qawal and musician of sub-continent, being observed today (August 16).
The renowned Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died on August 1997 due to kidney failure, while he was in London, and an era of Qawali and mystic music was buried with him.
He had born on October 13, 1948 in Lyallpur (now known as Faisalabad Pakistan. His original name was Pervez Fateh Ali Khan and he was fifth child and first son of Fateh Ali Khan, a musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist, and Qawal.
In 1971, after the death of his uncle Mubarak Ali Khan, Fateh Ali Khan became the official leader of the family Qawali party and the party became known as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan & Party. Thereafter Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan never used his real name Pervez Fateh Ali Khan.
His first public performance as the leader of the Qawali party was at a Radio Pakistan. His first major hit in Pakistan was the song Haq Ali Ali, which was performed in a traditional style and with traditional instrumentation.
He is popularly known as “Shahenshah-e-Qawali”, meaning “The King of Qawali”.
He was signed by Oriental Star Agencies, Birmingham, England, in the early 1980s. He engaged in experiments with Western artists, becoming a well-known world music artist. He toured extensively, performing in over 40 countries.
Moreover, he also worked in Bollywood as musician and playback singer and recorded many popular numbers.
Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali khan created a world record of releasing as many as 125 audio albums as a Qawal which includes legendary numbers like Dum mast Qalandar, Ali Maula, Yeh jo Halka Halka Suroor Hai and many others.
Twitter also filled with tribute over the occasion, here are some of them:
— Fahad Ahmad (@FahadMAhmad) August 16, 2016
— Shizza Masood (@ShizzaPTI) August 16, 2016
#NusratFatehAliKhan The legend still lives in our hearts
— اے وطن گواہ رہنا (@PakistanMyPride) August 16, 2016
Unki nazron ne kuch aisa jaddo kiya
loot gaye hum to pehli mulaqat mein #NusratFatehAliKhan
— Kashif Ali (@kaashifali28) August 16, 2016