Tribute paid to Nusrat

Islamabad—The Embassy of France in Pakistan and Alliance Francaise d’ Islamabad arranged a Qawali musical evening here to pay tribute to Qawali legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
A foreword was presented by Monsieur Pierre Alain Baud on the occasion who also wrote a book on “Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the messenger of Qawwali”, featuring the life and works of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
The Qawali evening mesmerized the audience of twincities comprising fun lovers and fans of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in a relaxing ambiance of soul soothing melodies recalling the Qawali style of legendary Qawal and music Maestro Nusrat. Pierre Alain Baud has published the first ever biography on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the French speaking world. Not only is Pierre Alain Baud a Researcher, Artistic Counselor, journalist, but he is also interested in spreading the artistic expressions of the “Sufi East” into our world, said the organizers.
Pierre Alain Baud himself has worked many years alongside with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, thus contributing to organizing many of his international tours and meetings on and off in Pakistan. He has written several books, Cd’s, booklets, researched articles, around the music of Pakistan and Sufism. According to him, instrumental music has one big advantage over vocal music, it has no linguistic barriers to surmount. There is one vocalist, the Pakistani Qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali, whose popularity not only crossed the geographical boundaries but also linguistic, cultural, social and even generational barriers.—APP

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