Biography - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan [NusratSahib.Com]

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Punjabi: نصرت فتح علی خان (Shahmukhī)) (October 13, 1948 – August 16, 1997) a world-renowned Pakistani musician, was primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis (a mystical tradition within Islam). Considered one of the greatest singers ever recorded, he could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours. Extending the 600-year old Qawwali tradition of his family, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is widely credited with introducing Sufi music to international audiences. He was popularly known as "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali", meaning "The King of Kings of Qawwali". Born in Faisalabad, Nusrat had his first public performance at age of 16, at his father's chelum. He officially became the head of the family qawwali party in 1971, and was signed by Oriental Star Agencies (OSA), Birmingham, U.K., in the early 1980s. In subsequent years, Khan released movie scores and albums for various labels in Pakistan, Europe, Japan and the U.S. He engaged in collaborations and experiments with Western artists, becoming a well-known world music artist in the process. He toured extensively, performing in over 40 countries.

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The Voice that Called Out for Love & Peace

ये 23 मार्च 1965 की बात है जब रेडियो पाकिस्तान ने जश्न-इ-बहारा के नाम से एक म्यूजिकल फेस्टिवल मुनाक्यत किया, तब बहुत से फंन्कारो के साथ-साथ एक नोजवान "नुसरत" भी था....जिस की आवाज़ और सुरों की गले से वापिस सथिथि को देखते हुए लोग हेरान रह गए और यु उनके फन्ने सफ़र का आगाज़ हुआ , और आसिता-आसिता धीरे-धीरे "नुसरत फ़तेह अली खान" मूसिकी में रचते बसते चले गये..

और , और फिर आया 1979 , 1979 जाने के वो बरस जब आचानक ही "नुसरत फ़तेह अली खान" की आवाज़ ने सारी ही दुनिया की मूसिकी में हल्ल्चल पैदा कर दी...

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A Man Called Qawwali - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was famous for Qawwali (Qawwali is the devotional music of sufi muslims expressing their love for God sung by a group).He was born in the city of Faisalabad in Pakistan on October 13, 1948. The meaning of "Fateh" in Punjabi language is "to Win or Conquer" and meaning of "Nusrat" in arabic is also "Victory". Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan also won the hearts of millions of million people with his Qawwalis and unique style of singing.He was the fifth child of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan. In his family they have four sisters and one younger brother they all are lived in central Lyallpur.The major occupation of his family is Qawwali which was started 600 years ago.Nusrat's father did not want his son to adopt the family business.He want Nusrat to select a more respectable career by becoming a doctor or an engineer,because at that times Qawwals are treated with low social status.However, Nusrat showed his interest in Qawwali that his father finally changed his mind and started to train him in the art.Then Nusrat started to play tabla, alongside his father and he learnt Raag Vidya and bolbandish. His father has died in 1964,after the death of his father his uncle Mubarak Ali Khan and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan provided the requisite training to him.He gave his first performance known as "Chehlum" after the forty days of his father's death.In 1971 he became a leader of his Qawwali party. As a leader of Qawwali party he gave his first public performance in Pakistan known as "Jashn-e-baharan " organised by Radio Pakistan.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan-Singing Buddha in Japan

History has seen many great singers and there are very few voices that go beyond time. This singer could not only go beyond time, but also language and religion. There was magic when he opened his mouth, a sense of holy ecstasy that was exciting and emotional. It wasn't unusual even for Western listeners, who didn't understand a word he was singing or follow his traditions, to be moved to tears upon hearing him.
Called "Singing Buddha" in Japan
Hearing Nusrat is not just music, it is an act of worship. There seems to be a consensus amongst those who heard the maestro as he breathed life into notes. Defying the conventional genres that melodies are usually neatly stacked into, he would transcend to a level of rhythmic devotion that was lost on ordinary minds. Immersed in the spiritual, he never lost grip over any note or any tremor, his tehreek, mutki, phanday— nothing short of perfect. As the music washed over your senses and your pulse vibrated to the beat, you ached to fade into his mystical abyss, fully aware that what you were experiencing was not ordinary. This was the magic of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

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Shahen-Shah The Spirit of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

In 1993, a winter performance at the Gateway Theater in Chicago displayed all the ingredients of a typical rock concert: an endless, almost hypnotizing beat; hundreds of mesmerized individuals slavishly clap to the beat while dozens more dance in the aisles. But unlike a U2 or Pearl Jam show, this was a concert with a higher purpose -- rejoicing in the grace of Allah.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a name which is neither well-known or well-pronounced by most Americans, is a pinnacle of success in southern Asia and many other parts of the world. Hailed by many as the Pavarotti of Pakistan, Khan is the world's most celebrated qawwal. A qawwal is a specially-trained male vocalist who performs qawwali, a musical expression of devotional poetry practiced by the Sufis. The Sufis, an ancient mystical sect of Islam, achieve spiritual enlightenment through music, much like a Whirling Dervish achieves a higher state of consciousness through dancing.

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NFAK's Music In Therapy/Treatment & Child Birth

Nusrat's haunting voice has been one of a kind music-therapy for his fans for years now, it seems to wash away the pain and transport us a more joyous world, or some times closer to divine. Well this is not the first time , I have heard stories of NFAK's music used in treatment. Even when back in 90′s NFAK received "Pride Of Performance" in Pakistan, the rumour was that his songs treated the disturbed daughter of the military ruler. Then there were many reports from Japan and parts of Africa where NFAK's music was used in Research and therapy. But this time I have a story of NFAK's music used in Clild Birth.

So you all might be knowing about the famous KCRW "Radio Station" , NFAK himself made a couple visits here. Here is a story from KRCW's DJ, Tom Schnabel about how NFAK's music was used during birth of Anil Dewan's son (KRCW's Webmaster).. read along..

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Quotes about Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat is one of the greatest singers of our time. When his singing takes off, his voice embodies soulfullness and spirituality like no other. It has been an honour for me to work with him.

Richard Henderson recently sent me a chapter of a book called Shadow Dancing in the U.S.A. by Michael Ventura, to read on the plane to New Orleans.The chapter is called Hear That Long Snake Moan. It's about the origins of rock and roll being found in the Voodoo ceremonies that were only allowed in New Orleans.Ventura frequently claims that an essential component of American music is the African concept that the physical and spiritual worlds are not separated but intersect. Heaven is not above with the earth below, and the trance experienced by intense dancing is a visit to the world of the spirit.I think much of what he says about the blues, gospel, soul, and rock and roll, applies to the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Nusrat somehow reaches listeners on an emotional and spiritual level that seems to be universal.In his voice I find a kind of direct communication that seldom fails to move me deeply.

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Nusrat : A Voice From Heaven

Filmed in Pakistan, India, Canada and United States of America, A Voice From Heaven is a tribute to one of the most beautiful voices in the century: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the king of Qawwali. The story interweaves excellent Nusrat performance footage and a rare behind the scene glimpse into Nusrat's life. Interviews conducted with the many friends, artists and producers with whom Nusrat has collaborated with, including Rick Rubin, Michael Brook, Bally Sagoo and the Asian Dub Foundation, tell the story of a man and his music of peace and spiritual love.

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