Pakistan’s biggest icon in music, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, left behind a legacy of qawwalis that are still treasured by people of all ages.
On his 71st birthday anniversary, SAMAA Digital has compiled a list of his iconic melodies.
Ye Jo Halka Halka
Sanu Ek Pal Chain Na Aave
Kiven Mukhre Ton Nazran Hatawan
Aisa Banna Sanwarna Mubarak Tumhe
Mast Nazron se Allah bachaye
Mere Rashke Qamar
The Shahenshah-e-Qawwali was born in Faisalabad on October 13, 1948.
He has a total of 125 albums to his name, which is the largest recorded number from any Qawwali artist. He was awarded the President of Pakistan’s Award for Pride of Performance in 1987.
The maestro’s musical collaborations with Peter Gabriel introduced Qawwali to the western audiences, in which he experimented with blending eastern sounds and western instruments.
His admirers go as far as Japan, where he was considered a reincarnation of the laughing Buddha due to his strong resemblance. His nephew and successor Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is considered the current King of Qawwali.
Nusrat passed away on August 16, 1997, leaving the world with his classic melodies.