Tribute to legendary qawwal
Randeep Wadehra

Nusrat Fateh Ali KhanGood news for connoisseurs of qawwali. ETC Music will today telecast Sajdaa - a musical tribute to the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, whose qawwalis will be sung by the Bollywood singing sensation Kailash Kher of the Allah ke bande and Rang de fame.

Nusrat was born in Lyallpur (now Faisalabad) in Pakistan. His ability to amalgamate eastern poetic imagery and music with western music earned him such epithets as Elvis of the East and Bob Marley of Pakistan. After Ravi Shankar, he was considered the subcontinent's most popular music exponent in the West. His records have sold millions of copies outside his country. Nusrat died of a heart attack on August 16, 1997, in London.

Nusrat gained international fame in the late 1980s when he was approached by Peter Gabriel to sing on the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Jesus Christ. Bollywood also has been highly inspired by Nusrat's music. Songs like Afreen Afreen, Allah Ho, Kinna Sona, Loey Loey, Mera Piya Ghar Aaya, Mast Kalandar and Piya Re are famous worldwide.

Kailash Kher has already earned the sobriquet of the Indian Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Apart from Dev, he is giving playback for Swadesh and The Rising. Kailash looks upon Nusrat Sahib as his role model and is happy to be chosen by the ETC Music for showcasing the best of the legendary Sufi singer and qawwal.