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Google pays tribute to qawwali maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Remembering Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Google in its characteristic style pays tribute to the legendary qawwali singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on his 67th birthday.

A visit to Google’s homepage and you will know what we are talking about. On the Google homepage, you will see the doodle of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with a group of musicians engaged in doing what he did the best. Google has painted its logo with the iconic singer’s image.

 

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born on October 13, 1948. He was a Pakistani musician and was known for his eccentric style of singing qawwalis which is the devotional music of the Sufis.

He is regarded as one of the greatest qawwali singers of all time. In 1987, Khan also received the President of Pakistan’s Award for Pride of Performance for his extensive contribution to Pakistani music. In 1995 he had received the UNESCO music award. Time magazine’s November 6th issue of 2006 listed him in the top 12 artists and thinkers in the last 60 years. He was also given a number of honorary titles in his 25 years music career. He was given the title Ustaad after performing classical music at a function in Lahore on his father’s death anniversary.

Started at a young age

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan had his first public performance when he was 16-years-old. Khan had composed a number of songs for movies and albums in Europe, Pakistan, India and the US. He also collaborated with a number of international artists and became a world-renowned musician.  He used to tour extensively and had performed in over 40 countries.

Khan was well known for his long concerts, some of which lasted for more than 10 hours. Some of his famous songs include Kinna Sohan Tainu, Piya Re Piya Re, Dum Mast Kalandar, and Afreen Afreen among many others.

He died because of a cardiac arrest on August 16, 1997, at the age of 49. At the time of his death, he was at the peak of his career.

 

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