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Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Dear fellow lovers of ustaad nusrat fateh ali case you don't know yet,the mastAero is no more.. our heart grieves for him but we ought to realize that people like him never really die,the master still lives through his music.. Great people never die,they simply fade away into the oblivion leaving us their cherished au revoir may his fans meet him in heaven...  

--Vishal Bhatia 

NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN was born on 13th October 1948 in Lyallpur (renamed FAISALABAD) in the PUNJAB province of PAKISTAN. Khansahib's family's music roots stretch back for more than 6 centuries. His father Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and his uncles for example,were Qawwals.Eventually both he and his brother Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan would take Qawwali as their vocation.Put simply, Qawwali is a form of religious
observance, of worship and one of its foremost exponents is NUSRAT.Qawwali itself is a form of ISLAMIC devotional music-- hopelessly interwined with SUFISM but widely acknowledged and admired for its animated, joyous delivery and its intoxicating effect on listeners.The impact of its delivery has been
as dynamic as its ability to arouse spiritually and culturally-truly Qawwals are "ecstatic singers in sacred taverns".

Qawwali is popularly associated with NORTHERN INDIA and Pakistan, but it flourishes all over Southern Asia wherever Muslim communities thrive. While devoutly ISLAMIC and originally specifically SUFI in nature, it is genuinely popular with Hindus and Sikhs.Qawwali,"the Islamic version of Hindu bhajan," as
music director Naushad Ali once described it-or the "Kriti",the devotional song of the south-shares
points of reference with other semi or light classical music forms found in subcontinent.Qawwali means 'utterance' in persian from Qaul meaning 'to tell'.Like other Indian musical forms it draws on the power of improvisation and relies on the skill of Qawwal to interpret its words and rythmic structure in such a way as both to kindle the emotional religious fire of the lyrics and also to brand the performance with
originality.Qawwali's origins throw up many patently embellished and frustratingly contradictory accounts but Qawwali definitely originated with the Chishtiya silsilah or mystic order of
SUFIS--SUFISM being a branch of mystical Islam--the tenets of whose Chishti masters were written down by 12to century.Others claim Qawwali's specific creator to be Amir Khusrau--even in his lifetime affectionately nick named Tutiye-Hind( the Parrot of India )--to whom so much in Indian music is attributed.

The ocean of Sufism
Sufis believe that they are following the same path as the original seekers of truth who have existed from the beginning of mankind. The word sufi comes from the Persian word saaff, meaning pure. There are various schools of thought that can be traced back to different gurus who in turn can be traced back to the
prophet Mohammed. Whilst Sufis may use the religion of Islam as a discipline, they are not bound by any religion. They say it is equally acceptable to pray in a Christian church or meditate with Buddhists, wherever truth lies Sufis will seek it. They have had several rifts with the leaders of Islam over the centuries and rejected the militarisation of Islam on the grounds that it was opposed by the philosophy of the Koran.The Persian founders of Sufism were from the regions that bordered the silk route and consequentlythey were subject to influences as diverse as the philosophies of Plato and Socrates, Buddhist, Christian and Hindu teachings, and the native religion of Zoroastrianism. The teachings are handed from leader (sheikh) to pupil in the form of poetry, stories and music. The content of these stories varies from the profound to the pornographic, and the wisdom contained within them is for the listener to work out
for himself. One of the great writers of Sufi texts was Farid Ud-Din Attar, an apothecary, born in the 12th century in north-east Iran, who travelled to Egypt, Damascus, Mecca, Turkestan and India in search of knowledge. He was tried for heresy - a regular feature in the history of Sufis - and banished. His most famous writing is 'The Conference Of The Birds', an epic poem that describes the way of the Sufi through a series of stories about birds on a quest for a king, who eventually discover that those who have made it through the trials of the journey have become the very thing they seek.

The tenuous link between Indians and Pakistanis is best exemplified by the thunderous response Nusrat has recieved in India.Nusrat's music has done much more in bringing people together than 50 yrs. of political wranglings.His music, steeped in old Indian cultural tradition has come like a whiff of fresh air in a stale arena bringing young people addicted to western culture back to the masters fold.It is distressing that a person who has done so much should be denied permission to perform in India due to personal prejudices and political ambitions of shallow, narrow- minded political leaders.Bal Thackeray,the chief of Shiv Sena, by trying to muzzle Nusrat and gain political mileage to appease Hindus is making a big mistake.Nusrat's music has transcended political,cultural and religious boundaries and Bal Thackeray should be publicly censured for trying to deny Indians the spiritual upliftment and a deep sense of inner peace which the maestro has provided them. It is disheartening to find that Nusrat has started composing music for the movies like Aur Pyar Ho Gaya.Not only is the music stale
but the voice also is definitely not vintage Nusrat.By churning out such substandard stuff he is being unfair neither to his fans nor himself but to his art which has brought him worldwide acclaim, popularity and monetary success.You are most welcome to send your views and criticism regarding Nusrat to me.

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These songs are from the Album "Sangam".It is written by Jawed Akhtar.It was the first joint venture of Nusrat sahib with an Indian artist 

Afreen - Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 

Jism Dhamkta - Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan


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