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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was a Pakistani musician and singer, who is still viewed as one of the best entertainers of qawwali and the devotional music of the Sufis of all time. His music is described by Basic Tunes, as “intense rhythms and energetic improvisations that energize a condition of rapture in the audience.
Nusrat Fateh Ali belonged to a family with a 600 year old musical traditions, but his parents wanted him to become a doctor. Yet his father also wanted him to sing so Nusrat received musical training in tabla and vocals.
The first occasion when he sang in broad daylight was at his father’s memorial service in 1964. After that, he was influenced by a harbinger to dream and became a qawwali artist. In his fantasy, his father took him to a mosque in India, which is called “the social event put.” There Nusrat was asked to “sing it.” along certain lines and therefrom onward he started his wonderful singing career.
Nusrat Fateh Ali is world renowned as an artist who can bring out the best in Qawwali music and his voice has been referred to as “the voice from paradise”. He praises Allah, sings of love and peace, takes care of the world’s cares on his shoulders from traditional altars.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has recorded a wide range of music: from the conventional Qawwali, to the creation of delicate music, and even hip hop “Ragas and Sagas”. The soundtrack of the original soundtrack made by the film “The Last Temptation of Christ” used Nusrat’s voice for an incredible outcome. His music was later used in more films. Be that as it may, this is a single thousandth of his musical achievements, and one is simply stunned when one hears his recordings.
The signature voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan made Sufi music come alive and he infused into Qawwali music , Sufi power, best appreciated in South Asia and when he fused it with western music it captured the world. He also sang Ghazals consolidating them with Kinna Sohan Tainu, Piya Re Piya Re, Gham Hai Ya Khushi, Mera Piya Ghar Aaya, Dum Mast Kalandar, Afreen and various others.
He was given the name of USTAD (or Master) for which distinguished title one must have over thirty years of music learning and practice and rehearse 13 hours daily in Raga music
He gave his musical performances in all over the world, especially in United Kingdom, United States, Europe, and Japan and, due to his extraordinary range of vocal qualities and great performances he received Pakistan’s pride of performance awards, the UNESCO music prize, the UK Asian Awards, the Montreal world film Festival Award, the Legends award and many more.
In August 1997, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died in London, leaving countless fans around the world mourning his demise. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan integrated traditional music with Western musical elements to bring the Islamic hymn to the front of the stage and enabled the world to enjoy a kind of spiritual music that transcends religious fences, to sets its name in history.