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Remembering A Musical Maestro – Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Remembering A Musical Maestro – Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur once said, “Working with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was the closest I got to god.” There has never been a more apt description of the musical genius that is Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It’s been 20 years since we lost this legend at the tender age of 48.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is one of the greatest musicians to have ever graced this country. This amazing musician not only has a humongous fan following in Pakistan but is lauded all over the world too. if you want music to transport you to a state of trance, then NFAK’s songs are for you.

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of hearing NFAK sing has proclaimed that the man had a voice from heaven. Even if the man has left this world . his musical legacy still lives on. Whether it is coke studio’s Afreen Afreen or Bollywood’s rendition of Rashke Qamar, NFAK’s songs continue to live on.

It is now strange to think that if NFAK’s father had his way, the world would never have discovered the magical music of NFAK. Being the son of a Qawwal himself, NFAK was dissuaded from joining the family profession. His father wanted to see his son as an engineer or doctor.

Since his father had toiled hard for his career, he thought his son would not be able to do the same. He even asked NFAK to make his passion for music into a hobby and not an actual profession. However one-day NFAK’s father caught him listening to him teaching Qawaali to his students. That was the day his father realized that NFAK was serious about music.
That was the day when NFAK’s father decided to seriously teach his son music. And the rest is history.

Here’s how the world is remembering this legend.


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