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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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My Best Concert Ever, A fan story

By: o. Sano ( NFAK’s Fan from USA)


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party – Live At University Of Washington 1993

Often i get asked…what was the best concert you have ever seen. In fact.i just got asked that recently and i said the same thing i say everytime, “i have many best concerts” yet i always return to one which is when i saw nusrat fateh ali khan perform at the university of washington. to this day my mind is completely blown away by the grace, the power and pureness of his music. i recall my friend hParker telling me about his concert and how tickets were on sale at wall of sound record store…we left the spot we were standing at and purchased them immediately. it was like yesterday i was looking at the tickets and amazed i was going to be able to see such an amazing artist – little did i know i was going to see something much bigger than i anticipated.

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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