October 13, 2015
Legendry Sufi musician and singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was on Tuesday honoured by search engine giant Google with a doodle marking his 67th birth anniversary. The doodle was exclusive for users from India and Pakistan.
Since 1998, Google has been marking important and historic occasions by replacing the logo on its homepage with graphical designs representing the significance of the day. These special days include NASA’s discovery of water on Mars; Mangalyaan’s Mars mission; Pongal; Diwali, and the 2014 general elections of India.
Adding yet another doodle to its list, Google, on Tuesday, replaced its logo with a graphical image of legendary musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on his 67th birth anniversary.
The search giant said that Khan had “opened the world’s ears to the rich, hypnotic sounds of the Sufis.” It also said that Khan brought international attention to Qawwali. Google praised his endurance and noted that some of his performances could last as long as ten hours.
Born in a musical family with a 600-year-old Qawwali tradition, Khan started his career at the age of 16 and went on to perform in 40 countries with various music artistes making him a well-known world music artiste.
Considered as one of the greatest voices ever recorded, Khan also possessed an extraordinary vocal ability and could perform at a high intensity level for a long time. Being a master of classical music, Khan mesmerized the western audience with his vibrant energy, breathtaking stamina, musical genius, captivating voice, and blatant originality.
Khan succumbed to cardiac arrest while he was being shifted to Los Angeles from London for a kidney transplant, on August 16, 1997.