Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Biography, Career and Awards

NFAK: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Real Name of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is Pervez Fateh Ali Khan, who was born in 1948. He is a legendary Musician, Vocalist, Songwriter, and Qawwali Singer. His energetic voice is equally famous in India and Bangladesh. He was awarded Presidential Pride of Performance from the Government of Pakistan. NFAK was given the title of “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali” (King of Kings of Qawwali) and often called Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Songs, Ghazals and Qawwalis have crossed 500 Million Plus Views on YouTube. 

Early Life and Career of Nusrat Fateh Ali

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born in Lyallpur in a family of singers and musicians. His family was affiliated with music for 600 years. NFAK’s father wanted him to be a Doctor or Engineer, but NFAK was interested in the same field as his ancestors. His family includes Fateh Ali Khan, His Father, his mother was Housewife. Nusrat has four elder sisters and one younger brother, Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan; he is the father of legendary Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. 

Nusrat’s music career was started when his uncle Mubarak Ali Khan died. After his death, Nusrat and his cousin Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan took over the Family Band. He has sung for Radio Pakistan, PTV, TV Songs, Bollywood, and Hollywood films. He has usually sung in Punjabi, Urdu, and Persian Language. Verily, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Qawwalis are matchless and most popular, but his Ghazals are also very famous in the Indian Subcontinent. 

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Ghazals, Gham Hai Ya Khushi Hai Tun, Main Khayal Hun Kisi Aur Ka, Tu Agar Beneqab Ho Jaye etc., claimed worldwide appreciation. 

List of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Qawwalis

Here is the List of Famous Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Songs and Qawwalis: 

  • Alif Allah Chambe Di Booti
  • Tumhe Dillagi Bhool Jani Parey Gi
  • Sanson Ki Mala Pey
  • Piya Re Piya Re
  • Sanu Aik Pal Chain Na
  • Yeh Jo Halka Halka Suroor
  • Dam Mast Qalandar
  • Mann Kunto Maula
  • Mera Piya Ghar Aya
  • Mere Rashk E Qamar
  • Allah Hoo Allah Hoo
  • Afreen Afreen
  • Dam Hama Dam Ali Ali
  • Tum Ek Gorakh Dhandha Ho
  • Tu Mera Dil Tu Meri Jaan

NFAK Awards & Accolades

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is the beneficiary of many National And International Awards. Some of his awards are:

  • Presidential Pride of Performance from Government of Pakistan. 
  • Khan received the UNESCO Music Prize for Outstanding services to Urdu and Punjabi Sufi Music.
  • Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize.
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s name is written in Guinness Book of World Records for the Most Qawwali Recordings.
  • “Legends” award at the UK Asian Music Award, London.
  • Nusrat is honorarily named Ustad and Shahenshah-e-Qawwali.

Death of the Legend – NFAK

Nusrat’s 25-Year exceptional music career came to an end on August 16, 1997. British Doctors claimed Nusrat’s Death due to the negligence of Pakistani Doctors and his increased weight. Nusrat died in the United Kingdom, and his body was transferred to Faisalabad, Pakistan. A huge mass of people offered the state funeral of the Emperor of Qawwali in Faisalabad, and he was buried in the native graveyard leaving his fans mourning. 

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