Aankhein dekhin to main dekhtaa rah gayaa
Jaam do aur donon he do aatishah
Aankhein yaa maikade ke Ye do baab hain
Aankhein inko kahun yaa kahun Khvaab hain
Aankhein niichii hu’in to hayaa ban gayin
Aankhein unchii hu’in to du’aa ban gayin
Aankhein jhuk kar uthin to adaa ban gayin
Aankhein jin me hain qaid aasmaan-o-zamin
When it comes to depth of lyrics, soothing music and the legendary voice, no one fits better than the master of Qawallis, Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. NFAK is widely considered to be the most precious qawwal in history. He is often credited as one of the progenitors of world of Music. Widely acclaimed for his spiritual charisma and distinctive exuberance, he was one of the first and most important artists to popularise Qawwali, then considered an “arcane religious tradition”, to Western audiences. NFAK’s voice was otherworldly. For 25 years, his mystical songs transfixed millions. It was not long enough. He performed qawwali, which means wise or philosophical utterance, as nobody else of his generation did. His vocal range, talent for improvisation and sheer intensity were unsurpassed.
Following are 10 most played and alive tracks of NFAK you must set your ears on.
1. Tumhein Dil Lagi bhool Jani prrey gee
2. Afreen Afreen
3. Mast Nazron se Allah bchaaye
4. Ye Jo halka halka suroor Hai
5. Aa ja tenu Akhyan udeek diyan
6. Hai Kahan ka irada Tumhara Sanam
7. Sochta hu K wo Kitne Masoom they
8. Me ne dekha usey ibtdaa ho gyi, Us ne dekha Mujhe Inteha ho gyi
9. Kamli wale Muhammad(SAW)
10. Mere Rashk-e-Qamar
11. Aap bethey hein Balin pe meri
12. Tum ek Gorakh Dhanda ho
13. Hanju Akhyan de Vere vich
14. In kaali kaali zulfon K
15. Yara dhak le Khooni akhyan nu
You will definitely wonder about that he must had some secret poet or a book for the lyrics which he never disclosed. It’s pop in the sense of verse, chorus, bridge, hook. The best way I can describe it is it’s like pepped- up ’60s folk with ’90s ideals, but I would hate to label it as folk because it’s not, it moves with time and generations and never gets old.
“A man learns all his life and dies the day he thinks he learnt everything”.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan