You know how legends are made? This article will let you know. Pakistan is indeed a blessed country to have in it people who are known and accepted by their talent worldwide. One of the legends hailed from Pakistan was Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who breathed life into his notes. Hearing him is not just music, it truly is an act of worship. People die, but legends live forever and this was proved by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, whose name is alive, and will remain alive even after ages and decades.
Not only people from Pakistan somewhat worship him because of the level he had brought in the field of music, but people from around the globe are also obsessed and addicted to listening his Qawalis time and again, which indeed have in them, a kind of spell, that spell-bounds people when they listen to him mainly because his music washes over one’s senses and pulses, making them vibrate through the beat that one ache to fade into magical abyss.
Throwing light on his legendary- beginnings:
Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born in Hazara, Faisalabad. They came all the way from India’s town, Jalandhar and settled in Pakistan during the separation of the subcontinent in 1947. The legendary man got in his blood the tradition of 600-year-old Qawali from his forefathers which turned him out to be the Shahanshah-e-Qawwali. But his genius was not just bounded till one genre of Qawwali but in fact, he had his collaborations with very well known musicians such as Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder while reuniting the beats of electric guitar and the tabla, producing some of the best fusions of the era. He himself never wanted to be a Qawal but it was his father’s wish to see him carrying ahead the tradition that his family possesses so when his father passed away, it was 1964 and he aged 16 at that time. That was when he decided to fulfill the wish of his father to sing for the family’s name and he did is so tremendously. His very first exposure to the public was when he gave his first ever performance in front of the huge crowd of people on his father’s fortieth (chalisvaan) and the rest that we all are aware of his history.
Staircase to career building:
He was a prodigy when he joined a qawwali-setup which was carried out by his uncles and by the passage of time, his magical voice and the spell his Qawalis cast, started to overcome all other Qawals from the group. When the leader of the group, his uncle, Mubarak Ali Khan passed away, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was made the leader of the clan and then he gave a name to his musical group as “Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan And Party’”
When he was made the leader of the party, it was clearly meant that he had become the family’s leader as Qawali was so much into them all. On Radio Pakistan, he gave his very first performance when there was a festival called ‘Jashn-e-Baharan’ going on and people loved his voice and from then, all knew that he is one of the stars who is on the rise.
Nusrat also performed in World of Music, Arts, and Dance (WOMAD), internationally and then the world started to know and accept him as a “God of Qawali’. He even sang with Jeff Buckley, Michael Brook, and Peter Gabriel that went flawless and the name of subcontinent started shining in the world because of Nusrat.
From life to death:
He got married to his cousin, Naheed Nusrat and Nusrat himself were an absolute romantic. This legendary-couple had a daughter and they named her as “Nida”. As this life is uncertain so there came the time when this legend said farewell to his life, and his status faded away in 1997, which was due to kidney and liver failure. He also faced a major heart attack on August 16, 1997, that made doctors helpless and they could not save the life of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and he left this world, sobbing and crying.
It has been so many years that he passed away but his respect, his dignity and his name has not faded away but is increasing day by day because of the unique features he possessed that no Qawal ever did and ever can.