Today, October 13th marks the 68th birth anniversary of the veteran Qawwali maestro Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The legendary Qawwal was born in Faisalabad on October 13th, 1948. Khan Sahab was the 5th child while his father himself was a popular Qawwal. He was the eldest of two sons and hence developed an attachment with Qawwali at a very young age.

The Qawwal was considered one of the greatest ever singers recorded as he possessed a six-octave vocal range. The maestro could sing at high levels of intensity for many hours.


Khan has sung several Qawwalis in different languages such as Punjabi, Urdu, Persian, and Hindi. The King of Qawwal enthralled the entire world with his powerful vocals and deep adoration for Sufism.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan holds the world record of the greatest number of songs sung by a Qawwali artist. According to Guinness Book of World Records, a total of 125 albums were released as of 2001.

#NusratFatehAliKhan has been trending on Twitter since morning, with fans wishing the legend. See some of the wishes below:

Some of his mesmerizing Qawwalis include Ye jo Halka Halka Surroor hai, Sanu Ek Pal Chain Na Awey, Chap Tilak Sab Cheen Li Mohe Nainna Milai K and Dama Dam Mast Qalander that have been covered by several new age singers as well.

He was titled known as the Shahenshah-e-Qawwali‚ that meant “The King of Kings of Qawwali”.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan passed away on August 11th 1997 due to kidney and liver failure in London. He passed away at the age of 48 due to a sudden heart attack at Cromwell Hospital, London on August 16th1997.

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