By Hina Haroon
Coinciding with the 21st death anniversary of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan being observed on Thursday, Twitter has also paid glowing tribute to the legendary Qawwal.
His name with a hashtag ‘#NusratFatehAliKhan’ has been trending on twitter, a social networking service, since morning.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan breathed only for 48 years before he passed away at London’s Cromwell Hospital on August 16, 1997, leaving his millions of fan across the globe in a state of shock and grief.
Born in Faisalabad on October 13, 1948, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan enthralled the music lovers for years with his mesmerizing and powerful voice. From ‘Dam Mast Qalandar Mast Mast’ to ‘Tumhen Dill agi Bhool Jaani Padegi’, numerous hits by Nusrat Ali Khan still continues to spellbind the listeners.
Some of his other popular songs and Qawwalis include ‘Yeh Jo Halka Halka Suroor Hai’, ‘Allah Hoo Allah Hoo’, ‘Dil Pe Zakham Khate Hain’, ‘Ap bethe hain balin pe meri’, ‘Main Khayal Hun Kisi Aur Ka’, ‘Shikwa Jawab E Shikwa’, ‘Gham Hai Ya Khushi Hai’, and ‘Jaag Uthe Hain Dard Purane’.
For his contribution to Pakistani music, the Pakistani government bestowed him the Pride of Performance award in 1987. He was also honored with the prestigious UNESCO Music Prize.
In addition, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s name is included in Guinness Book of World Records for the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist.
— Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (@UstadNusrat) August 16, 2018
تمییں دل لگی بھول جانی پڑے گی۔۔
محبت کی راہوں میں آ کر تو دیکھو۔۔
Remembering The King Of Qawwali on His 21st Death Anniversary. A legend & Qawwal par excellence who brought laurels to the motherland through his incredible singing prowess.#NusratFatehAliKhan pic.twitter.com/rOS72UD8en
— 92 News HD Plus (@92newschannel) August 16, 2018
— Noor Us Sabah (@noorussabah_) August 16, 2018
— Riwaaj Khaana (@riwaajkhaana) August 16, 2018
Started listening to #NusratFatehAliKhan 18 years ago in London when a friend asked me to find ‘Tum Ek Gorakh Dhanda Ho’ on Napster. I listened to it in complete awe, hypnotized by the voice, the words had me in a spell. #BaptismOfFire pic.twitter.com/Vao4GfE0RW
— Dan Qayyum (@DanQayyum) August 16, 2018
21st Death Anniversary of Ustad #NusratFatehAliKhan.
Even today when the melodious voice of NFAK reach our ears, body stop functioning, Aik Suroor sa cha jata, Ustad ki awaz nai hy, its a Magic.
— Zee Writes (@WritesZee) August 16, 2018
— Dunya News (@DunyaNews) August 16, 2018
— Dady_Say’s (@Haxxan_Ch_333) August 16, 2018