The 24th death anniversary of the legendary Qawwali maestro, popularly known as “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali” Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is being observed on Monday.
He was born on 13th October 1948 in Faisalabad’s most famous Qawwal family. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the great singer, and musician was famous for his melodious tunes, the introduction of traditional Qawwali, and heart-touching music.
Due to the new dimensions in music, his fame spread from Pakistan to the whole world. His first international masterpiece was Dead Man Walking, released in 1995, after which he composed the music for another Hollywood film, The Last Temptation of Christ.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Qawwali has released more than 125 audio albums and his name is included in the Guinness Book of World Records. No other musician or singer has achieved as much fame as he did globally. He was truly the best ambassador of Pakistan and introduced Pakistan as a great country where people were unfamiliar with the word “Pakistan”.
The great singer has received numerous national and international awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence, Nigar Award, and several other awards. In 1987, he was awarded the Pride of Performance Award by the Government of Pakistan, for his contribution to the music.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan passed away on August 16, 1997, at the age of 48 due to a kidney ailment but his art still keeps him alive.