Sanoo ik pal chain naa aaway, sajna teray binaa, sajna teray bina…..
Dum must qalandar mast mast, dum mast qalandar mast…..
Kisay daa yaar naa wichharray…..
Husn-e-jaanaan ki taareef mumkin nahin…..
Mera piya ghar aya…..
If I continue writing the names of Nusrat’s popular songs the space will be insufficient. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan can be termed as the best vocalist and composer in the history of Pakistan. He was born in Faisalabad on 13th October 1948. He was son of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan. This family was well known for singing qawwalis. His father was his teacher in music. His first performance was at a traditional graveside ceremony for his father, known as chehlum which took place forty days after his father’s death in 1964.
Nusrat became extremely popular in early 90’s when he experienced qawwali in a new style. He had noticed that qawwali was losing its popularity in the new generation. So he decided to sing qawwalis with modern musical instruments like keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. His experiment cast a spell on the new generation of Indo-Pak sub continent. Later, he was noticed by the west as well. Within 2 years he got popular all over the world. many non-Muslims embraced islam after listening his religious qawwalis. Nusrat reached out to Western audiences through his collaborations with Canadian musician, Michael Brook and his work with Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder in 1995 on the soundtrack to Dead Man Walking. He went on to gain popularity in the West through his contributions to the soundtracks of The Last Temptation of Christ and Natural Born Killers, together with his friendship with Peter Gabriel. Nusrat got very popular in Japan as well, where people started doing Ph.D on his style of singing.
Nusrat did not keep himself limited to the qawwalis only and composed music of Bollywood movies as well. His strong vocals were amazing and anyone who listened his song once, had to admit that he was a unique artist. Nusrat created an amazing music album ‘Afreen’ with the coordination of famous Indian poet, Javed Akhtar. The album set new records of sale. He also composed music for one Lollywood movie, ‘Pal Dou Pal’ which was directed by Shamim Ara.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan holds the world record for the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist—a total of 125 albums.
Unfortunately he could not live for a long age and left us on 16th August 1997 at the age of 48 years. During his career he won number of awards and introduced Pakistan all over the world. Yesterday it was his 11th death anniversary. Pakistani nation feels proud on Nusrat and we pray to Allah to be kind with his soul… Amin!