Source: News Bharati English13 Oct 2015 14:27:46

Mumbai, October 13: Google on Tuesday marsk the 68th birthday of one of the greatest Qawwali and Sufi singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan by paying a tribute to him with its customized doodle.

Doodle showcases a Qawwali (Sufi music) in which Khan is portrayed singing with a mic in front of him; in the background we see other Qawwali walas (singers/ musicians) sitting, singing and playing various instruments like Harmonium and Tabla. Google's logo representation of is done in Arabic manner

When you click on the doodle you are taken to the search page where a number of pages are listed full of information on M Khan. 

Born in the year 1948, Mr Khan passed away at a very early age of 48. He died of a cardiac arrest on August 16, 1997. He is popularly known as "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali", meaning "The King of Kings of Qawwali".

Carrying forward the 600-year-old tradition of Qawwali in his family, he is known for his long hour performances and bringing the magic of Qawwali music to international audience.

Khan, in his active years, toured extensively and collaborated with many international artists.

He has also being called as "Elvis" by western music icon Jeff Buckley, he said Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was one of his biggest influences, and to honor him he often performed few minutes of one of Khan's songs at his concerts.

Later, Khan also went on to release movie scores and albums in Europe, India, Japan, Pakistan, and the US.

Khan is accredited for popularising qawwali music and bringing it to the international audience. Carrying forward the 600-year-old tradition of qawwali in his family, Khan, in his active years, toured extensively and collaborated with many international artists.

Khan is widely considered to be the most important qawwal in history and was awarded the UNESCO Music Prize in 1995.

He contributed the song “Gurus of Peace” for Rahman’s album Vande Mataram to celebrate 50th anniversary of India’s independence. Khan also recorded songs for several Bollywood movies.