There are only two people in my life who have the potential to bring tears in my eyes, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is one of them. A true legend who left us right after when we finished celebrating our Independence Day. NFK — died on August 16 was primarily a traditional Qawwali singer but by introducing innovations in his style of singing and music he made millions of people across the world his fan.
Traditionally, Qawwali has been a family business. Nusrat’s family has an unbroken tradition of performing qawwali for the last 600 years. Among other honorary titles bestowed upon him, Nusrat was called Shahenshah-e-Qawwali, meaning The Emperor of Qawwali and now he has become immortal. Through out the world this Pakistani legend is still being heard and praised.
His Qawwali had nothing to do with complex melodies or utopia but simplicity, his subtle ways of conveying simple message of love was the reason of his fame and glory. He used to sing about the life of the real world and it was the very reason he quickly became popular in common men. We don’t know how much struggle he used to do to present us the finished product but his records were melodious and gentle enough to affect our hearts and minds. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was the only singer whose records could repeatedly be heard for hours and I would never get bored.
I have lots of memories attached with the music of of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and its undoubtedly difficult to put into words what makes Nusrat’s music so deeply appealing to the ordinary guy like me who some times don’t even understand the language he used to sing in but the deepest part of Nusrat’s magic lies in the fact that his Qawwali used to resonate my heart with the music so deeply that I could unintentionally become part of his offering.
It took me almost two hours to get his best Qawwali for this post but failed.
His work is ultimate and his every song is “ek say barh ker aik”. May God bless him.