The Great Khan
Date Of Birth:
Oct, 13, 1948, Wednesday.
Ustad Fateh Ali Khan
City Of Birth:
Change Of Name:
Before the name of Nusrat, he was called by the name of Pervaiz, but on the suggestion of a noble person his name was changed
Since from his childhood his father wanted to see him as a doctor. So he admitted him into a well known school of Faisalabad
(Pakistan) and completed his matriculation education from there.
Music As A Profession:
After completing his matriculation education, Nusrat left his studies and started to get regular music training from his
father. But sudden death of his father, Fateh Ali Khan shocked him and all his family members very much.
Dream Of A Legend:
Many people see their future in there dreams. Nusrat was also one of them. Once in his dreams he found himself singing
some verses of Qawalli with his father on the tomb of Ajmeer Shareef and one day his dreams comes true.
First Leading Performance On Radio:
As usual, continuouing their tradition, in March 1965, Radio Pakistan arranged a musical festival, in which all famous
classical singers were performing. Nusrats uncle (Mr.Nawazish Ali) was leading his team.
During rehearsal, listeners were attracted towards Nusrats voice. His hardworking and music practice was attracting people
towards him. Programme producer stops the rehearsal and suggested to Mr. Salamat Ali Khan that the Qawalli should be lead
by Nusrat. And when that young boy lead Qawalli, his sweet voice spread everywhere in the like the blossom of flowers .And
that was the first media achievement of Nusrat.
The Last Temptation of Christ:
Peter Gabrial of Real World plays an important role in the life of Nusrat .Peter always tried to introduce a new music
legends to the world. In those days he was busy in composing a music track for the film The Last Temptation of Christ. He
met lot of singers but he didnt found anyone who can satisfy him. But when he met Nusrat he said I got it. And then he used
Nusrats voice in his film. Nusarats voice played a magic role in that sound track. Peter Gabrial admired him in this way
What ever the music, what ever the technology, great records come from great performance.
After that they both worked together and produced lot of hit music records.
New Trend In Qawalli:
Nusrat introduced a new trend in qawalli. Before Nusrat Qawalli does not have attracted so much people towards it. Because
at that time Qawalli used to be sung with old and eastern instruments.
But in 1979, Nusrat voice spread all over the world due to the combined efforts of Nusrat and Peter Gabrial. First time
in the history of Qawalli, Nusrat uses modern instruments. So in this way he introduced a new trend in Qawalli. Due to all
these achievements and hard working people call him with a name Man Called Qawalli.
Performances All Over The World
Nusrat belongs to Pakistan but his art was not limited to the boundaries of Pakistan. He nearly performed all over the
Nusrat has already visited the tomb of Ajmeer Shareef in his dream. But when he visited India his dream comes true and
he performed at the same place where he has already done in his dream. He also played a tribute to Ameer Khusro during his
visit. He also attended the marriage ceremony of Rishi Kapoor during that visit. And nusrat also performed there very well.
WOMAD (World Of Music Art And Dance), came into being in 1981.and it was clearly written in its charter:
Musicians from all over the world gather together on one stage at one time to present unique workshop, exploring musical
styles and techniques through discussion and performance.
In this festival, musicians, dancers, actors and poets used to participate every year. It provides 20 minutes to every
participant to perform and in those 20 minutes he has to perform a full view of his art.
In 1985, Nusrat also performed there .At 11:40 PM Nusrat came on stage and started his Qawalli. But on the request of people,
his time was extended up to 4:00 AM. Whenever Nusrat wants to end his Qawalli, people requested him to sing once more. At
last Nusrat left the stage in the darkness. That year people forgot all other performances but they remember Nusrat in their
In Australia, a music festival was arranged every year. And he won the title on the base of his hard working, music, and
his vocal power.
Once Spain was under the rule of Muslims, and now Nusrat is ruling in the music of Spain.
Nusrat performed there in the palace of Gharnata in Spain. He performed there very well. After completing his performance,
he met the queen and presented his music cds to her. But it was a source of astonishment for them when she told them that
all these cds are saved in his music library.
Nusrat voice was a great source of interest in the minds of people of France. In 1991, he performed there in a concert.
He attracted people so much that without having knowledge about Urdu language people were dancing there on the music beat
Nusrat also performed in America. Americans are very much crazy about Nusrat. They loved him very much. Nusrat was an honorary
professor of Eastern Music in Washington university. And people loved him very much.
Nusrat performed every where in the world. It doesnt matter for him that what is the language people understand there.
He has won the hearts of people every where in the world.
First time Nusrat visited to Japan in 1987 and secondly he visited to Japan in 1990, and both of times he won the hearts
of people. In 1989, Nusrat was awarded with a prize of Grand Prix. People loved him so much there in Japan that they had published
a lot of articles about him.
Two Great Khans:
There were two great khans in Pakistan and both were the kings of there fields. One is the king of cricket
and second is the king of music. One is Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and second is Imran Khan. They both were great friends.
When Imran Khan started the campaign to raise funds for his hospital, Nusrat helped him very much. They both organized
musical concerts in different parts of world to collect finance for his hospital. Nusrat helped Imran in raising funds from
all over the world with his vocal power.
He organized musical festival without any personal interest, to raise fund for Shaukat Khaman. And it is a greatness of
a great Artist.
Unbearable Loss of Music:
Nusrat was suffering from sugar and kidney problem for a long time. In August 1997 he went to London. He was
admitted in Cromwell Hospital London. But on 16th of August 1997 he left his world at 11:55 GMT
He was buried in Faisalabad, Pakistan near the grave of his father. He was 49 years old.
May his soul rest in peace.