Frieha Altaf with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Old & Rare Picture. Frieha Altaf owner and C.E.O of Catwalk Productions that she formed in 1989 and an ex model, fashion choreographer. Believe me .. you generally don’t expect Modelling Industry people getting into Spiritual Music becoming a NFAK fan ..
The Following fan Story is from Santosh Ojha from India, about his first contact with trance and ecstasy, I mean NFAK…. This is a Story of an usual Indian Discovering the great Nusrat in early 1990, and was first published on his blog in 2006 . A great read… ” Don’t forget to send your stories at email@example.com
It was a bitterly-cold winter evening in Delhi when I discovered Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Fortified with some whiskey I was listening to, and watching Nusrat. This was in late 1990 at a senior colleague’s house. I remember the date because I had just been transferred from Bangalore to Delhi. Delhi was a city I was hardly familiar with. I knew very few people there. And the December winter of Delhi was bitingly cold! I was a bachelor and the invitation from my colleague for drinks and dinner at his place, close to the company guest house I was staying, was most welcome. He, a Sardar, was a generous host and he plied me with good whiskey. More significantly, during the course of the evening, he introduced me to Nusrat’s music.
University Of Washington invites Celebrity Visiting Artists every year for it’s Ethnomusicology Program. In 1992-93 they took a chance to Invite NFAK, hoping he wont turn up. To their surprise , NFAK happily agreed … why hadn’t he … he was going to get great chance to spread his music to a completely new audience and ample resource for his musical-cross blendings.. .. The program was a huge success as not just students but even faculty members and artists from different universities as well as different parts of USA turned up for the program…the fact that his students became one of the most Hardcore NFAK fans ever was not at all surprising… He also gave one of his most memorable performances ever at Meany(University Theater) after huge request by students . NFAK was awarded an honorary Doctorate later by the University ……… What Follows is a writeup by Professor Hiromi Lorraine Sakata remembering NFAK’s Stay…