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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Pakistani musician Biography

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Name: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Birth Name: Parvez Fateh Ali Khan

Nick Name: Khan Sahib

Nationality: Pakistani

Born City:Faisalabad (Lyallpur)

Birth Date:  13 October ,1948

Profession : Musician , Qawwal

Height : 5 feet 7 inchs

Religion: Islam

Died in: 16 August,1997 (cardiac arrest)

Father Name: Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Spouse/Partner: Naheed Nusrat (Married  at 1979)

Siblings: Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan (player of the harmonium)

Children: Nida Fateh Ali Khan (Married to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan)

Nephew : Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Who is  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan  ?

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan  was a Pakistani musician, and was famous for Qawwali. There was magic when he opened his mouth, a sense of holy ecstasy that was exciting and emotional.  Nusrat  could not only transcend time, but also language and religion.

Interesting Facts && Awards Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan :

The Laughing Buddha

In Japan, Nusrat Fateh  rose to great fame, not for his Qawwalis only, but because of his resemblance to ‘The Laughing Buddha‘.

Nusrat First public performance

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan made his first public performance at the age of 16 at father’s funeral ceremony 40 days later(1964).

Pride of Performance

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan received the President of Pakistan’s Award for Pride of Performance (تمغۂ حسنِ کارکردگی) for his contribution to Pakistani music in 1987(Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq).

Visiting Artist

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was a Visiting Artist in the Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington in 1992-1993.

Unesco Music Prize

Unesco featured him in top artist and thinkers of the 60 years of  Asian Years and awarded  him Unesco Music Prize.

pronouncing hindi

He always had trouble pronouncing the hindi word “Ghar while singing.

Guinness Book of World Records

Khan Holds the world’s record (verified by the Guinness Book of World Records) for the biggest recording output(125 Volumes) by a Qawwali artist .


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Early Life:

He was the fifth child and first son in his family which included four older sisters and a younger brother. Initially, his father did not want Khan to follow the family’s vocation.He wanted Nusrat to become Doctor or engineer ad he felt Qawwali artists has less social status. Khan was interested in Qawwali ,so  his father finally relented  him.He started learning Tabla. His father died in 1964 leaving his musical education under the supervision of his  uncles,  Salamat Ali Khan && Mubarak Ali Khan.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Career :

After the death of his uncle Mubarak Ali Khan,Nusrat became the official leader of the family Qawwali party and the party became Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan party. His public performance as the leader of the  party was at  annual music festival organised by (studio recording broadcast)Radio Pakistan, known as Jashn-e-Baharan. His first major hit in Pakistan was the song Haq Ali Ali.

He was Blessed with a powerful voice and high stamina, he could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours. Khan performed at the World of Music, Arts and Dance  festival in London in 1985 ,that was his first international performance . After that he performed at many other countries like Paris(1985-1988)(France) , Japan.(1987), USA(1989)(Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York).   He worked with Canadian musician Michael Brook(1990) on the albums ‘Mustt Mustt’  and ‘Night Song’ (1996).  Here is list of Nusrat Fateh Ali khan  Concerts ,

Nusrat Saying :

When I’m sin-ging, the distance between God and me becomes lesser”, NFAK said. “This music brings people together”

 Nusrat Live Performances :

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(Updated 24 January 2019)



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