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Did you see the Google doodle today?

If the doodle is same all over the world, then you might have noticed it featuring a sitting cross legged with an arm raised with a group of behind him with tablas and harmonium.

This great singer Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali was born on October 13, 1948 in Faisalabad, to a family of special singers called qawwals, a lineage that is almost 600 years old.

He had an amazing voice and won too many awards and accolades to be listed here. He is widely credited with introducing Qawwali music to international audiences. In words of Jeff Buckley, Nusrat Fateh Ali did not play music, he was music itself.

Nusrat Fateh Ali was one of the greatest sufi singers and his voice transcended time, language and religion. It wasn't uncommon even for Western listeners, who didn't understand a word he was singing to be moved to tears upon hearing him.

The great qawwal had fans all over the world. He collaborated with and influenced many western and Eastern musicians. His concerts were amazing and his endurance was astounding as some performances could last as long as ten hours.

If you have seen the movie Dead Man Walking , you might have heard him in the songs , Face of Love or The Long Road.

He died on August 16, 1997 but his music lives on. Listen to these two videos to see the maestro at his best:

Face of Love

And here's link to a Qawwali

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Or better yet, buy a CD and listen to songs like no other.

Image Credit » by geralt

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Rufuszen wrote on October 13, 2015, 1:15 PM

In the UK it is just the usual logo. At least on my machine, anyway!

Last Edited: October 13, 2015, 1:16 PM

Kasman wrote on October 13, 2015, 1:59 PM

It is on mine too!

MegL wrote on October 13, 2015, 2:02 PM

Rufuszen and Kasman search for google doodle and you will see it.

Last Edited: October 13, 2015, 2:03 PM

MegL wrote on October 13, 2015, 2:03 PM

He died very young. It is a pity when a great talent dies early.

Kasman wrote on October 13, 2015, 2:09 PM

MegL Dawnwriter - sorry to disappoint you but you should be aware that the image of the Google logo you reproduce here is under copyright by Google and unless you have their permission to reproduce it you should not do so (you would be in breach of both copyright rules and Persona Paper rules on image use).

I refer you to this Google permissions page for further information:

If you have gained Google's permission to use their logo this should be stated in the post.

Last Edited: October 13, 2015, 2:14 PM

Dawnwriter wrote on October 13, 2015, 2:19 PM

Oops sorry Kasman . No I do not have permission and will edit my post. Thanks for the link. I didn't know even doodles are protected

Kasman wrote on October 13, 2015, 2:24 PM

Dawnwriter - it isn't the doodle as such which is protected but the fact that any artwork is the intellectual property of the creator and cannot be used without their permission. Google are very strict about this matter. They refused me permission to use a screenshot from Google Street View in a post I was planning to write here - which made it impossible to write that particular post!

Last Edited: October 13, 2015, 2:25 PM

Feisty56 wrote on October 13, 2015, 2:31 PM

My Google home page is plain today, but I'm glad yours wasn't because this is a wonderful introduction to a musician and musical style I had never heard of.

paigea wrote on October 13, 2015, 2:47 PM

Wow, I have missed all sorts of Google Doodles. Thanks for telling me about this singer.

Kasman wrote on October 13, 2015, 3:03 PM

Dawnwriter - if you include this link in your post at least people will be able to see the doodle you are referring to.

Paulie wrote on October 14, 2015, 12:23 AM

Thanks for sharing Nusrad Fateh Ali Khan's music. I did not know about him.

Dawnwriter wrote on October 14, 2015, 12:32 AM

Then I hope you will check out the links I posted above esp Face of Love featuring Eddie Vedder and Nusrat Fateh Ali. It is pretty haunting and soul stirring emoticon :smile:

Dawnwriter wrote on October 14, 2015, 12:33 AM

Thanks Feisty56 . He was a true legend who died too young.

Paulie wrote on October 14, 2015, 2:51 AM

Yes, I certainly will and thanks for sharing again.

Dawnwriter wrote on October 14, 2015, 3:22 AM

Yes he did. In fact Nusrat Fateh and Lady Diana both died in within a few days of each other and I remember how everyone felt depressed. Lady Diana had a great fan following in Pakistan as she visited Pakistan and raised money for a big cancer hospital here.

MegL wrote on October 14, 2015, 6:07 AM

Kasman I didn't reproduce the logo, just said that people would be able to see it by searching google doodle. Google creates that page as far as I know, so people can see their doodles.

Kasman wrote on October 14, 2015, 2:13 PM

MegL - yes, you are right. Google have several library pages where their doodles can be viewed - which some people might find confusing since it looks as if they are available to use when they are not.

allen0187 wrote on November 1, 2015, 11:09 PM

Didn't see this particular Google doodle. thansk for posting about Nusrat Fateh Ali and qawwali music. I'm reading about it and at the same time listening to some of hsi songs. It is always a joy to listen to new music.