Alif Allah chambe di booti, Murshid man wich laaee hoo Nafee asbaat da pane milia, Har rage harjae hoo. Andar booti mushk machaya, Jaan phullan te aae hoo Jeeve Murshid Kaamil Bahu, Jain eh booti laee hoo
My Master Has Planted in My Heart the Jasmine of Allah’s Name.
Both My Denial That the Creation is Real and My Embracing of God, the Only Reality, Have Nourished the Seedling Down to its Core.
-When the Buds of Mystery Unfolded Into the Blossoms of Revelation, My Entire Being Was Filled with God’s Fragrance.
-May the Perfect Master Who Planted this Jasmine in My Heart Be Ever Blessed, O Bahu!
Touching Moments :- (1) Nusrat Saab discusses about his walid, and they all listen to his qawwali. (Some catching moments were lost due to camera focusing, Camera slowly focuses on Nusrat saabs while he is listening to his dad. And this changes/ hides the expression that might have caught on if nusrat saab’s was unaware of camera focusing.) (2) Nusrat saab explaining Khayal, Dhrupad (Dhurpad as he calls) and sargam gayaki to the Brook, And brook goes oh yeah its like do, le, ri…() . Then nusrat saab trying to explain that some sur can be sthayi and some can be improvised (like komal, ati komal) by singing (this is what i interpreted).. (3) When Nusrat saab, Rahat’s dad and rahat are doing riyaz. And rahat is making mistake. (4) I love Dildar Hussain. He accompanies Nusrat saab in almost every concert.
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. Continue reading →