Rare photos of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with his family.

In the 1960s, a young man recites Natia and mysticism at the court of Faisalabad’s Sufi saint, Sai Muhammad Bakhsh, aka Lasori Shah. This isn’t uncommon. But who could have predicted that this Punjabi youngster would become the “Emperor of Qawwali” in the world of music? 

He was a member of the Qawwal clan. Whether or not they like it, many young people like him have been taught the syllabus of rhythm since childhood. 

Nusrat had been obsessed with music since he was a child and had mastered the tabla at ten. This young child was so talented at raising the strings and maturing his voice that his listeners were completely absorbed in his awe.

Nusrat was the son of the well-known Qawwal of the time, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan. However, he was unknown at the time. After his father, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, died in the early 1960s, he began receiving regular Qawwali training from his uncles, Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, who died in the 1970s. Nusrat then took command of his Qawwal clan.

A jeweler named Mian Rehmat, who had been the owner of a gramophone record shop in Faisalabad since the creation of Pakistan, discovered the diamond in a court in the famous Jhang Bazaar in Faisalabad. 

This grandson of the Patiala family, who migrated from Jalandhar, India, before the establishment of Pakistan, was known as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.


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