'I congratulate Pierre-Alain Baud for such a beautiful portrayal
of the world of an artiste in this book on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Having been with him for so long Pierre got an insight into that
part of an artiste's life which lies behind the stage. I say 'insight'
because the music of this subcontinent stands on seven seen and
seven unseen notes. Nusrat was pure in front of the stage something
that people have seen and serene at the back of it. The great
musician took the world by storm; he gave a new dimension to the
centuries-old qawwali that we know.'
Fateh Ali Khan's voice gripped the
imagination of people across the world.
A man of deep simplicity as well as
someone truly of his times he singlehandedly
made qawwali a global
passion. With hundreds of albums to
his credit and millions of sales Nusrat
had an all-consuming mission: to
spread the message of the Sufi poets
and mystics. In Pakistan and abroad
he reincarnated the ancient Sufi
culture steeped in mysticism and
devotion with a blazing modernity.
This book is a personal account
of the great qawwal's life by
Pierre-Alain Baud who had intimate
access to Nusrat for over a decade.
Baud who was overcome with emotion
when he heard Nusrat during his
very first concerts in France in 1985
often travelled with the artiste and
contributed to organizing numerous
shows for him all over the world and
in Pakistan until his untimely death
in 1997. This insightful account is
replete with anecdotes from those
travels and enriched by conversations
with the great man's friends family
Nusrat is in the author's words
the result of 'generous exchanges
interrupted by unexpected vocal
demonstrations stunning silences
fiery looks and the magic of his
personality so close yet constantly