According to Yog Vasishta, “The world is like a balancing effect after listening to the story.” But listening to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, I would say that the world is like a balancing effect after his qawwali. No wonder then that his audience would have felt strongly disrespectful and a feeling of collective cafe.
Nusrat mentions that one time he was presenting the lion of Dada Saheb Punjabi, then the entire audience was caught by a dugout. Thousands of people started standing and crying. Nusrat Saheb himself was also overwhelmed and he also started crying with the audience.
There is another incident when the music festival continued throughout the night in Paris. The best funkars from around the world were doing their fun. When Khan sahib’s turn came, it was five in the morning. He thought that the audience would be tired. So he offered a small pen. But the listeners liked his singing so much that he kept requesting them to sing again and again until eight in the morning.
Apart from a performer, there were also Nusrat Discrete Composers. In India too, many music directors, especially Anu Malik and Nadeem-Shravan, copied their compositions, without thanking them.
In an interview, when he is asked that you were copied uncountably. Who copied you the best? So they answer innocently – ‘Viju Shah and Anu Malik’. Famous Hindi songs like ‘Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast’, ‘Mera Piya Ghar Aaya’, ‘Kisa Shona’, ‘Sanson Ki Mala Pe’ are basically his compositions. Apart from this, he has also sung songs like ‘Kaisa Khumar Hai’, ‘Dulhe Ka Shehra’ in Hindi films.
His family has a history of more than 600 years of Qawwali songs. However, Nusrat’s father Ustad Fateh Ali Khan did not want to make Maushiki his profession. He wanted to see Nusrat becoming a doctor. But when Ustad Saheb was teaching his disciples, Nusrat would secretly try to listen to him. One day when he was doing Riyaz, Ustad Saheb saw it. After that, he started training Nusrat for Maushiki.
After the passing of Ustad Fateh Ali, people said that it was no longer in the Qawwali party. But when he saw his performance in 1964, he said that Nusrat would take Ustad Saheb’s legacy even further. Later he was awarded the title of ‘Shahenshah Qawwali’.
However, he had handed over the legacy of his legacy to his dear nephew Rahat Ali, who is one of the favorite fans of not only India and Pakistan but also of the entire subcontinent. To listen to Sufi Qalam for the touch of classical music in the current music world, we turn to the Pakistani clerics of the Patiala Gharana, Rahat Fateh Ali and Shafqat Amanat Ali.
Nusrat used to perform worldwide in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Eastern, Persian and Urdu languages. Even the people of the west did not understand their language, yet they got immense love. He juggled with famous Western musicians such as Peter Gabrielle, Michael Brook, Jonathan Elias and Eddie Vedder.
If you want to explore the scope of his voice, then listen to the Alap which is used by the great filmmaker Martin Scarsese in his film ‘The Lost Temptation of Christ’.
Allama Iqbal used to say that I was confined to the adorable books and books. Fateh Ali made me famous among the common people by singing my pen. Nusrat also sang the pen of poets like Khusro, Hafiz and Iqbal in his qawwali.
His famous composition, ‘Sanson Ki Mala Pe’, which became very popular in India in 1979, uses the short verse in the Braj language of Nusrat Surdas. They also have some difficulty in its pronunciation.
“Let go of the left hand, who loves the weak,
Go out of the heart, then I will know you ”
I wish there was a composer in Hindustan who would put the positions and couplets of Sura and Tulsi in the same popular tunes as Nusrat made Khusrau, Majaj and Batalvi’s Kalam common with their singing.