The pride of Pakistan and the magical voice of the sub-continent, Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, is being remembered on his birth anniversary today.
“The king of qawwali”, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali khan was born on October 13, 1948 in Faisalabad.
The soul-touching singer continues to inspire audiences around the world, even after his death.
With his stunning voice, khan’s first public performance was as the leader of a qawwali party, at a studio recording broadcast as part of an annual music festival organized by radio Pakistan, known as Jashn-e-Baharan.
His first major hit was the song haq ali ali while he also did joint ventures with well-known international singers.
He reached out to western audiences through his work with peter Gabriel on the soundtrack to the last temptation of Christ in 1985.
His songs are still alive among his fans and also youngsters, and have defined the art-form of qawwali for the generations to come.
According to the Guinness book of world records, Nusrat Fateh Ali holds the world record for the largest recorded output by a qawwali artist – a total of 125 albums as of 2001.
The Pakistan government had awarded him with pride of performance for his splendid work in the field of music.
He passed away at the age of 48, having become one of the world’s most outstanding vocalists.