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Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan -The Man Behind the Scenes

Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan – The Man behind Qawwali

If NFAK was the thunder that entranced the world, Farrukh was the rain of melody that followed..

“Nusrat is now the symbol of the family name and its tradition. He is the prestige that has been brought to our house. His popularity and the respect he commands has immortalized our family. Nusrat is a living legend.I think of only one thing, That may Allah reward him more and more with greater honour.  Honours such as have not been received by any other artiste. We consider his honour to be ours and his unprecedented popularity to be our own. Our hearts beat for each other, we feel each other’s pain and pleasure. We may have different names and bodies but our hearts beat as one.”

These were the words of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan when he was asked about NFAK’s unimaginable success. Farrukh was the driving soul of the party , A man with a great voice with varying texture, a prodigy of music and the greatest Harmonium player of his era , he even composed many of NFAK songs, though Nusrat always tried to credit him as the “Music Director of Ensemble”  he never took any credit… the pious soul was happy with what he had, and was forever thankful to god for being NFAK’s Brother. Farrukh was a great classical singer too, it he did many solo Jugalbandis with NFAK . He frequently used to beautify NFAK’s improvisations with his “Textured Alaap” .. very often Nusrat used to praise him in between song by nodding his head or sometimes even saying “Subhaan Allah” . He very easily used to cover the mistakes of other party members and was great at tune transitions. Read the rest of this entry

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Faisalabad’s Streetside Kabab

Getting Off Music for some time now, lets me tell you more about NFAK’s likes, the second most particular one this time.

One of Faisalabad’s Streetside Kabab shops that had privilege to host NFAK

If there was anything else NFAK was ever known for other than Music and nature, it was his appetite. He never used to eat before and during the performances which lasted 5-10 hours. You will be amazed to know that once he ate 70 kebabs in one go after a performance. NFAK was quiet weak when it came to compromising with unfamiliar food, so during his World Tours (which continued for months), he used to face a lot of problems. Once during his Germany visit, he literally lived on fruits for a few days. Another incident happened in Japan where he couldn’t eat Japanese rice and organizers finally had to arrange food from a Indian family living there.

Being the simplest man he was, he always missed the local street-side Kebab shops of Faisalabad. Fans still visit these shops when they miss Nusrat. ..

Faisalabad’s Seekh Kabab, one of NFAK’s Favourite Dish

Birth Day Special Videos — in case you have missed them

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Concert (1993)

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Profile (1996)

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Tribute (1998)

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan- Remembering Nusrat