Vijaya Laxmi Tripura
In June last year, Nida Nusrat, daughter of legendary singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, through a press conference declared, she was going to launch a website to promote her father’s songs as well she herself would sing some of the never sung songs of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. She also denied marriage with her cousin Rahat Fateh Ali Khan saying, she was “still unmarried” and claimed Rahat’s wife was her “namesake”. She also declared of “officially launch” of those “never-heard-before” songs, ghazals and qawwalis of her father.
“Rahet’s [Rahat] wife is my namesake but she is another woman. I am still unmarried,” she clarified.
The King of Qawwali Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died in London in 1997 at the age of 48. His nephew Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been carrying forward his legacy after his death.
Nida said, “I am the only daughter and sole heiress of qawaal legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. I have no siblings. Wikipedia and other such websites are spreading fake news about my marriage with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. I have written emails to them but they are not responding so I have decided to sue them,” she said in her maiden media appearance at the Lahore Press Club.
This was her first appearance after the demise of her father, music maestro father Nusrat Fateh Ali who had enthralled the audience across the globe through the magic of his music and voice.
She revealed that she along with her mother “went into hiding” in Canada since they were unable to bear the shocking death of her father.
“I was a small kid when my father died years ago. My mother and I were not able to bear this irreparable and sudden loss since we never had the habit of living without him. So we settled in Canada. However, now I have grown up and settled in Pakistan.”
She warned all those using his father intellectual property rights (music rights) and said that she would be taking legal action against them. “I have sent legal notices to them that music rights of my father should not be used. I have further decided that people who are using my father’s music rights in India and other countries will be sued and legal action would be taken against them. I have sent notices to Khokhar Productions for using my father music rights. ”
Furthermore, she denied all differences with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
“He is my brother and there are no differences with him.”
However, she said she would settle matters with him vis-a-vis music rights. “Until now, he has been continuing my father’s legacy. I have no plan to take legal action against him.”
Nida also revealed plans to join the music industry. “I will join the music industry very soon since music is in my blood.”
She announced that she would officially launch never-heard-before songs, ghazals and qawwalis of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the near future.
“I am preparing a website for this purpose and soon the audience will hear that music of my father which had never been made public.”
Nida Nusrat also warned people who have made blogs, fake Facebook accounts and pages and announced to take action against them.
And she went into silence:
Ever since her first media appearance, Nida Nusrat neither came up with those “never-heard-before songs, ghazals and qawwalis of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan” nor has appeared as a singer. She even has not launched any website as had claimed almost a year back. We could not communicate with Nusrat to get her answers on many questions.
Mystery behind the press conference:
Though Nida Nusrat claimed, she and her mother had gone into hiding in Canada following the death of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, this very claim generates lots of cloud as her father had never been accused of blasphemy or had faced public wrath or state-patronized persecution in Pakistan, a country that is notoriously infamous of being harassing individuals with the accusations of blasphemy.
The cousins in trouble:
While Nida Nusrat sounded to be disturbed by her father’s intellectual property being used by others, her cousin Rahat Fateh Ali Khan also has fallen into legal complications in India as he now is facing charged of money laundering.