Today marks the 68th birth anniversary of Pakistani musician and Qawwali extraordinaire, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This King of Qawwali inherited his family’s 600-year-old musical legacy. The legend was born in Faisalabad on October 13th, 1948. His father, Fateh Ali Khan, hoped he would choose a different career path, however, Nusrat’s heart was set on Qawwali. His first ever-public performance was in 1971 at a musical festival held by Radio Music, Jashn-e-Baharan. He sang in multiple languages such as Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Persian, and Braj Bhasha and his first major hit in Pakistan was the song, Haq Ali Ali. Throughout his well-reputed career, Nusrat created many masterpieces that are still appreciated by the youth of today.
Here are 4 times Pakistani singers recreated NFAK’s iconic works of art!
Song: Dholna and Yaar Nu Manana Okha Ay
Atif Aslam sang this tribute, a medley of two of Nusrat’s songs, at the 12th Lux Style Awards in 2013.
2. Farhan Saeed
Song: Yeh Jo Halka Halka Suroor Hai
This famous melody is completely renewed by Farhan Saeed with his chilling vocals, providing his very own twist to Nusrat’s classic.
4. Fariha Pervez
Song: Afreen Afreen
A reputable Pakistani singer, Fariha Pervez, paid tribute to Nusrat by performing his classic hit ‘Afreen Afreen’. This song is off of his album, ‘Sangam’, that he released in 1996 and produced with Indian poet and lyricist, Javed Akhtar.
5. Tum Ek Gorakh Dhanda Ho
Song: Zain (Haji Rehmat Ali’s grandson), Zaryab, and Asfar
Zain, singer, is Haji Rehmat Ali’s grandson, who was a companion of Nusrat’s. Paying tribute to both his grandfather and Nusrat, he uses his strong vocals and performs with the utmost bravado.
Nusrat fell ill on 11th August 1997 due to kidney and liver failure. On his way to receive a kidney transplant, he went into cardiac arrest and passed away on 16th August 1997, at the young age of 48. It has been twenty years since his passing and he is still a person of esteem to this day.