LONDON: To pay special tribute to great legendary Pakistani vocalist late Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a joint celebrations was organised by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Music Academy, MR Solicitors and David Solicitor at Ilford Town Hall on Sunday (December 22). The event was hosted by Babar Bukhari and Guest of Honour was Barrister Waheed ur Rehman and Fasih Ali Shah.
The event was opened with recitation of Holy Quran by Babar Bukhari and Nasheeds by Prince Abbas. In his opening speech, Alderman Mushtaq Lashari CBE and in keynote speech, senior journalist Nazir Leghari (President and Editor-in-Chief, Bol Television) highlighted the valued contribution of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in folk music especially in the field of Qawwali, ghazal and geet.
stated that Qawwali and its presentation were the main reason for the
popularity of Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. They said Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was
a legendary personalty responsible for spreading the true message of humanity
and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan all over the world through his Singing and
music. Nusrat’s musical thoughts, vision, personality and his great works will
remain alive in our hearts forever. Live performances were also given by Chand
Ali Qawwal, Sohail Salamat, Ustaad Shabir Khan Gullu, Ustad Rajib Ali Khan,
Nirmal Shah, Zaman R Qawwal, Sabir Mirza, Sagheer Khan, Zaheer Gull and others.
Also present were Syed Saeed Anwar, Mian Shahid Gogi, Iftekhar Qaiser, Saeed
Mahmood, Zaffar Tanvir, Amjed Khan, Tanvir Zaman, Naeem Khan, Aneesa Nasir,
Ayub Cheema, Najeeb Papu, Jabbar Dhogal, Younis Afreedi, Asad Nawaz, Amer
Kiyani, Khawar Mirza, Samiya Ali, Nassrah Naaz, Riffat Butt, Sonia Rukhsana, Sumera,
Somia Rukhsana, Abdullah Meer, Shaukat, Maqsood Hussain, Mohammed Jameel, Ghaz
Butt, Almara Awan and others.
report and pictures by S. M. Irfan Tahir)