When I hear you sing, Oh Nusrat

-over-poemnfakOh Nusrat!

I have not seen Allah or Muhammad or Ali
Nor have seen Krishna
Neither have I heard the Bansuri of Mohan

And yet when I hear you sing Oh Nusrat
I am convinced that there must have been Allah
& Muhammad & Ali
And Krishna
& the maddening Bansuri of Mohan

I have not heard Tansen & Baiju Bawra & Tana Riri

Nor have I seen Deepak Raag lighting up lamps
and Raag Megh bringing thunder & rains

NFAK Dropping Ecstasy, Painted by Nikunj Prajapati

And yet when I hear you sing Oh Nusrat,
I am sure one can ignite lamps with a melody
And bring thunder and rains with another.

They say science can measure the depth of oceans,
The speed of light and the distance between the planets and stars.
They can determine the life of a solar system

And yet when I hear you sing Oh Nusrat,
I realize, how futile it is to define
the depth of your voice,
the purity of your devotion, the completeness of your bhava,
the speed at which you touch and move hearts,
the Karuna that makes us all weep as you sing

Oh Nusrat you are just unfathomable, immeasurable, ‘Befaam’
Oh Nusrat Please come back or call us wherever you are
Cos for sure we will wait for either of them till the end of time.

  • Sanjaykumar Jobalia,  Mumbai INDIA

‘Velvet Fire’ – the Legacy of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan by Dinuk Wijeratne

Dinuk Wijeratne NFAKDinuk Wijeratne revisits Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s legacy from a Musician’s  & student’s point of view. He writes

What I find personally instructive and inspiring is the notion that Nusrat endorsed any collaboration in which the essence of the traditional material was preserved. Like a flower in a foreign garden, our perception of the purity of a single entity is changed, perhaps even enhanced, provided that it continues to bloom untouched in a different environment to what it is used to. Nusrat’s renditions of Qawwali were able to do so regardless of their immediate contexts.

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Nusrat Was My Elvis ( featuring Amitabh Bachchan & Peter Gabriel)

nusrat live radio WNYC New SoundsNusrat was my Elvis! takes an in depth and historians take on Emergence, International impact & Legacy of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The programme features interviews of Celebrity Fans such as Amitabh Bachchan, Peter Gabriel & many prominent music personalities and taking about cultural impact of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on Pakistan & Asians. You will get to listen one of the first recorded Qawwali’s of NFAK & excerpts of some of his greatest entrancing tracks. The program was received by high praise in music journals…

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