ISLAMABAD: On Sunday, the 23rd death anniversary of legendary Qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was being observed across the country.
He was famously regarded as “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali”, meaning “The King of Qawwali”, a private news channel; reported.
The legendary Qawwal Khan was born in Faisalabad on October 13, 1948, and was considered one of the trend-setters and pioneers of fusion music in Pakistan.
Hailing from a Patiala Gharana, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan carried forward his family’s 600-year-old Qawwali tradition and introduced it to international audiences.
In accordance with the Guinness Book of World Records‚ Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan holds the world record for the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist.
Pride of Performance was awarded by the government of Pakistan in 1987 on the legendary singer for his contribution to Pakistani music. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was also honored with the prominent UNESCO Music Prize. The music genius released around 25 Qawwali albums.
His immense hit “Dam Mast Qalandar” became a household anthem. His Hamd “Wohi Khuda Hai” and the national song “Mera Paigham Pakistan” are still popular among the music lovers.
The king of qawwal lost his fight with lung cancer in 1997.