Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Mastero of Qawwali


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Born Legend of Pakistan. Known as the Mastero of Qawwali. Considered one of the greatest voices ever recorded and known as “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali”

Born in Faisalabad, Khan had his first public performance at the age of 16, at his father’s chelum. He became the head of the family Qawwali party in 1971.

His Life Was Not the same from the start. His father wanted him to become a doctor and didn;t wanted him to carry on the family custom. His father considered his voice pitch as inaccurate for becoming a Qawal.

He from the start was average student and could barely pass in class.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mastero of Qawwali
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Mastero of Qawwali

He was childhood friend and class fellow of Senior Journalist Hassan Nisar.

Nisar quoted “His Father Didn’t wanted him to carry on his family custom and wanted him to become a doctor”.

But on the Other Hand Nusrat, Who wanted to carry his 600 Year Old Family Custom. He worked hard and made adjustment to his voice.

He used to do “Riyaz” full day long to make his pitch and voice upto the mark.

After his Debut, It didn’t Took Him Long to become popular in Subcontinent as the person who possessed an extraordinary range of vocal abilities and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours.

He Toured and performed in More than 40 Countries.

Some Achievements of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan:

  1. Received the UNESCO Music Prize.
  2. In 1996 he was awarded Grand Prix des Amériques
  3. received the Arts and Culture Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes.
  4. Khan received the “Legends” award at the UK Asian Music Awards.
  5. Listed in Time magazine’s, “60 Years of Asian Heroes”.
  6. He also appeared on NPR‘s 50 great voices list in 2010.
  7. In August 2010 he was included in CNN‘s list of the twenty most iconic musicians from the past fifty years.
  8. In 2008, Khan was listed in 14th position in UGO’s list of the best singers of all time.

Although Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Had many Ups and Down in his Life. But he Didn’t Gave up

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Teaches us:

“Don’t Give Up Because Of One Bad Chapter in Life, Keep Going Stick to Your Goal”