Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Singer)

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan October 1948-16 August 1997) was a Pakistani musician and singer, counted amongst the greatest voices ever recorded. He was primarily a singer of qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis. As a singer he was blessed with an extraordinary voice and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours. Born into a family of accomplished singers and musicians, he developed an early interest in the art form. However, his father wanted him to become a doctor or engineer as he felt that practitioners of qawwali had low social status. But fate had other plans and Nusrat too went on to become a musician cum singer. He gave his first public performance at the age of 16 and soon became the head of the family qawwali party. Within a few years he established himself throughout Pakistan as one of the greatest qawwals of his generation. As he matured as a performer he developed his own unique style of qawwali, experimenting with the tempo and voice ranges. It did not take long for his fame to spread worldwide and he became a much recognized and respected figure in countries across the world including India, Japan, and the U.S. Credited with introducing qawwali music to international audiences, he is popularly referred to as "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali", meaning "The King of Kings of Qawwali.[1] Nusrat fateh ali khan Biography
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

  • Birth name:

    Parvez Fateh Ali Khan

  • In Urdu:

    نصرت فتح علی خان

  • In Name:


  • Famous As:

    Qawwal and Ghazal Singer

  • Nationality:


  • Religion:


  • Profession:


  • Century:

    20th Century

  • Awards :

    Lux Style Award for Icon of the Year

  • Born
  • Date:

    13 October 1948

  • Place:

    Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Sun Sign:


  • Family
  • Spouse:

    Naheed Nusrat

  • Children:

    Nida Fateh Ali Khan

  • Parents:

    Fateh Ali Khan

  • Siblings :

    Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan

  • Died
  • Date:

    16 August 1997

  • Rest Place:

    London, United Kingdom

  • Cause Of Death:


  • Career
  • Occupation(s):

    Musician, singer, qawwal, songwriter, composer

  • Genres:

    Qawwali ghazal classical folk world

  • Professional Work
  • Years Active:


  • Instruments:

    Vocals harmonium tabla

Childhood Early Life

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in childhood
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in childhood
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born on 13 October 1948 in Hazara, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. His Punjabi Muslim family had migrated to Pakistan from their native city of Jalandhar in East Punjab, British India, after the partition of India in 1947.His father Fateh Ali Khan was a musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist, and qawwal. Nusrat had four elder sisters and one younger brother. He hailed from a family with a rich legacy of qawwali music. Two of his uncles, Ustad Mubarik Ali Khan and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, were also famous qawwals. Initially his father wanted Nusrat to become a doctor or an engineer as he felt that qawwals had low social status. Nonetheless, Nusrat received musical training in tabla and vocals. His father died in 1964 when Nusrat was 16 years old. Ten days after his death, Nusrat had a dream in which his father appeared and instructed him to sing. The boy gave his first public performance at his father's funeral ceremony 40 days later.[2] Nusrat fateh ali khan the famous people


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 03 1987 Royal Albert Hall
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 03 1987 Royal Albert Hall
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan joined his uncles in giving performances and blossomed into a talented singer of qawwali. Initially he drew on his uncles musical style, and as he matured as a performer, he added his own creative touches to his music and developed his unique, distinguishing style of singing qawwali.His uncle Mubarak Ali Khan died in 1971, and Nusrat Khan became the official leader of the family Qawwali party which now became known as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan & Party.As the leader of the family party, he gave his first performance at a studio recording broadcast known as Jashn-e-Baharan which was a part of an annual music festival organized by Radio Pakistan. There he sang in many languages including Urdu, Punjabi, Persian and Hindi.Soon he gained much fame and established himself throughput Pakistan as one of the best known contemporary qawwals of his era. Blessed with a powerful voice and high stamina, he could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours. He was accompanied by tabla, harmoniums, and backing vocals in concerts.

Performed at the World

It was not long before his fame spread beyond Pakistan and Khan performed at the World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) festival in London in 1985. He then began touring and performing widely, travelling to Paris in 1985 and 1988, and visiting Japan in 1987 at the invitation of the Japan Foundation. In 1989, he performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York. His popularity skyrocketed in the 1990s and he served as a Visiting Artist in the Ethnomusicology[3] Nusrat Fateh Ali khan Ethnomusicology department at the University of Washington,[4] University of Washington Seattle, in 1992-93.Over the course of his career he also released several albums and worked on the soundtracks of numerous films on an international level. He worked with Canadian musician Michael Brook on the albums Mustt Mustt[5] Mustt Mustt song (1990) and Night Song(1996). He had also worked with Peter Gabriel on the soundtrack.The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988 which gave him the chance to blend qawwalis with Western music.Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sang for, and performed in several Pakistani and Indian films. Some of the songs he sang for Indian films include 'Koi Jane Koi Na Jane', Saya Bhi Saath Jab Chhod Jaye, and Dulhe Ka Sehra. He also contributed the song Gurus of Peace to the Indian album Vande Mataram which was released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of India's independence.[6] Nusrat fateh ali khan career

Personal Life Legacy

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan marriage pic
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan marriage pic
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan married his first cousin, Naheed, the daughter of his uncle, Salamat Ali Khan in 1979. They had one daughter, Nida.He fell ill with kidney and liver failure in 1997 while in London. He suffered a fatal heart attack and died on 16 August 1997. He was 48 years old. Khan's musical legacy is now carried forward by his nephew, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Major Works

Fateh Ali Khan performs live on stage on the TV show 'Big
Fateh Ali Khan performs live on stage on the TV show 'Big
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was one of the first artists to popularize qawwali to Western audiences. He possessed an extraordinary range of vocal abilities, and his powerful, intoxicating voice mesmerized audiences not just in his native Pakistan, but all over the world. Some of his most popular albums are Mustt Mustt, The Day, The Night, The Dawn, The Dusk, Night Song, and Sangam.[7] Nusrat fateh ali khan major works


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was taken ill with kidney and liver failure on 11 August 1997 in London, while on the way to Los Angeles to receive a kidney transplant. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest at Cromwell Hospital, London on 16 August 1997, aged 48.[8] Nusrat passing leaves void in the music world His body was repatriated to Faisalabad, and his funeral was a public affair. He was buried in Kabootran Wala Qabristan also known as Jhang Road Graveyard on Jhang Road, Faisalaba. His wife, Naheed Nusrat,[9] Naheed Nusrat wife of Nusrat fateh ali khan died on 13 September 2013 in Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Naheed had moved to Canada after the death of her husband. She is survived by their daughter Nida Khan.Khan's musical legacy is now carried forward by his nephew, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Awards Achievements

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sing qwwali
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sing qwwali
  1. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan received the President of Pakistan's Award for Pride of Performance for his contribution to Pakistani music in 1987.
  2. He was honored with the UNESCO[10] Wikipedia Unesco Music Prize in 1995 and the Grand Prix des Ameriques at Montreal World Film Festival the next year.[11] Awards and achivements nusrat fateh ali khan
  3. In August 2010 he was included in CNN's[12] Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan CNN's list of the twenty most iconic musicians from the past fifty years.

List of Albums

The names of Khans albums are as follows:
  1. Inconcert in Paris in 1988
  2. Magic Touch in 1991
  3. Love Songs in 1992
  4. Ilham in 1993
  5. The Last Prophet in 1994
  6. Back to Qawali in 1995
  7. Night Song in 1996
  8. Mega Star in 1996
  9. Sangam in 1996
  10. Akhiyaan 1997
  11. Allah and the Prophet in 1997
  12. Missives from Allah in 1998
  13. Peace in 1998

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