ISLAMABAD, Aug 16 (INP): Music lovers across the world on Wednesday remembered Shahenshah-e-Qawwali (King of Kings of Qawwali), Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on his 19th death anniversary. Nusrat was born on October 13, 1948 in Faisalabad.
The legendary singer had his first public performance at the age of 16, at his father’s chehlum 40 days after his death. He chose the Islamic devotional style – Qawwali – as the predominant genre he sang in.
He was 48 years old when he passed away in 1997, having established himself as one of the world’s most outstanding vocalists.
In 1987, the government of Pakistan bestowed the Pride of Performance award on the legendary singer for his contribution to Pakistani music.
Two years before his death, he was honoured with the prestigious UNESCO Music Prize. He received a number of national and international honourary awards in his glorious career.
Nusrat’s songs still remain alive among his fans, belonging to all age groups and social backgrounds. His nephew, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, rose to fame after Nusrat passed away, but the void could never be filled.