12 July 1948, Lyallpur (later renamed Faisalabad), Pakistan, d. 16 August 1997, London, England. One of the most popular singers to emerge from the Indian subcontinent, Khan predominantly sang qawwali, the music of devotional Sufism, but incorporated other forms including Khyal (traditional classical) to produce a unique style that appealed to followers of all religions. He performed with the Party, a group of highly trained Pakistani musicians that included several family members. In 1971, Nusrat took over from his father (Ustad Fateh Ali Khan) as leader of the Party after experiencing recurring dreams that he was singing at the famous Muslim shrine of Hazratja Khawaja Moid-Ud-Din Christie in Ajmer, India. This dream became reality eight years later. Through the 70s and 80s Khans music began to become increasingly synonymous with India and Pakistans vibrant film industry. Such was his popularity with the stars of the movies that in 1979 he was invited...
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