Search engine giant Google celebrated the 67th birthday of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with a doodle on its homepage for India and Pakistan, calling him the person "who opened the world's ears to the rich, hypnotic sounds of the Sufis".
"Thanks to his legendary voice, Khan helped bring "world music" to the world," said Google.
To celebrate his 67th birthday, let's just listen.
Khan gave a significant place to fusion perhaps out of a sense of responsibility to popularise qawwali among the youth.
Listen to his classical Sufi qawwalis — especially Hazrat Khwaja Sang Kheliye Damaar, "Shamso Doha Badaroo Kuja", "Allah Hoo", "Data Tera Darbar hai", "Aaj Rang Harima", "Mera Piya Ghar Aaya", "Ya Haiyo Ya Quayuum" — to reach the true musical magic of his expressiveness. His voice marshalled levels and kinds of piety, beauty, energy, and musical ingenuity. The music was majestic, demanding, exciting, and deeply joyful, and it threw classical music into totally unexpected corners.