Ustad Fateh Ali Khan’s 23rd Death anniversary observed today

The fans, friends and family members have organized sittings and played his “qawalis” to pay tribute to king of Qawali Ustad Fateh Ali Khan.

LAHORE: The 23rd death anniversary of great Qawal Ustad  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan  is being observed today.

Ustad Fateh Ali Khan left a treasure of melodies for us to cherish forever.

Khan was taken ill with kidney and liver failure on  August  11‚ 1997 in  London . He  died  of a sudden cardiac arrest at Cromwell Hospital‚ London‚ on Saturday‚  August  16‚ 1997 at the age of 48.

The legend Qawwali singer  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan  was born on  October  13‚ 1948 in  Faisalabad . He was the fifth child and first son of Fateh Ali Khan, a musician, vocalist, instrumentalist, and Qawwal.

He was a singer of Qawwali and considered one of the greatest singers ever recorded; he possessed a six-octave vocal range and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours.

Extending the 600-year old Qawwali tradition of his family‚  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan  is widely credited with introducing Sufi  music  to international audiences. He was popularly known as Shahenshah-e-Qawwali‚ meaning The King of Kings of Qawwali.

He had his first public performance at the age of 16. Moreover, Nusrat introduced qawwali  music  to international audiences.

He also did  music  projects with  India   music  composer A R Rehman and  film  lyricist Javed Akhtar. He reached out to western audiences through his work with Peter Gabriel on the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ in 1985.

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 as of 2001.

His famous qawwali songs are, Allah Hoo Allah Hoo, Tu Kuja  Man  Kuja, Mast Nazron Se Allah Bachaye, Mere Rashke Qamar, Afreen Afreen, Tumhe Dillagi Bhool Jani Paregi,  Ye  jo Halka Halka Suroor Hai etc.

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