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Music, His Dargah

A decade after his death, the qawwal's fame is conquering continents

Music, His Dargah Prashant Panjiar

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  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan holds the Guinness world record for the largest recorded output—125 albums. And this number doesn’t take into account the hundreds of illegally produced recordings in India and Pakistan.
  • Nupur Audio still sells around 5,000 Nusrat CDs every month across India
  • Nusrat has sold more records than Elvis, claims National Public Radio, USA
  • He continues to inspire many leading musicians of our times —like Kailash Kher, Rabbi Shergill, Pak rock group Junoon
  • Nusrat’s music has been given a new twist by western groups and musicians, such as Eddie Vedder, Peter Gabriel, jazz percussion group Brooklyn Qawwali Party and reggae artist Gaudi
  • Nusrat’s music is on the soundtrack of international films like Natural Born Killers, Dead Man Walking, Sammie and Rosie Get Laid and The Last Temptation of Christ. Plus, posthumously, Bend it Like Beckham, Strange Planet, Aprile.
  • Nusrat’s Bollywood soundtracks include Kachche Dhaage, Bandit Queen, Aur Pyar Ho Gaya, Dhadkan, Kartoos

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Ishq dawa hai har ek dard ki, Zanjeer ishq hai har ek rishte ki
(Love is the medicine for all pain/Love is the chain that links all relationships)

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sang these lines for A.R. Rahman’s album, Vande Mataram, dedicated to India in its 50th year of Independence. But all the outpourings of love from millions of fans worldwide couldn’t heal the legendary qawwal’s own terminally ill body. Ten years ago, as India celebrated its golden jubilee, 48-year-old Nusrat battled for his life in a London hospital. He lost the battle on August 16, one day after India’s Independence day, and two days after his native Pakistan’s.

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