Nusrat: The Voice of Faith

Sku: 9789351363842

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  • ISBN: 9789351363842
  • Author: Alain-Baud Pierre
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Pages: 184
  • Format: Paperback

Book Description

'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.'

Wasifuddin Dagar

Dhrupad exponent

Shahenshah-e-Qawwali Nusrat

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

and collaborators.

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

eluding us'.

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