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PFBA & ALLIANCE FRANCAISE LAHORE HOST BOOK LAUNCH EVENT.
Remembering the Legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Man who gave a new life to Qawwali, Pakistan- France Business Alliance (Northern chapter) in collaboration with Alliance Francaise Lahore arranged a Qawwali on Saturday February 20, to pay tribute to the king of Qawwal on a book launching event organized by Liberty Books Lahore followed by a dinner.
The Book "The Voice of Faith" has been written by a French writer Dr. Pierre-Alain Baud, which was originally published in 2008. However it has recently been translated in English by Renuka George, who is also a film-maker based in New Delhi.
The following Northern Chapter PFBA members attended the event;
1. Mr. Abdul Basit
2. Mr. Muhammad Talat Zameen
3. Dr. Muzammil Hussain Shah
4. Mr. Rana Abdul Mannan
5. Mr. Tahir Javed Malik
6. Mr. & Mrs Mian Tariq from Raaziq International
Mr. Jawwad S. Khawaja Former Chief Justice of Pakistan and Mr. Justice Qazi Faiz Isa also made their presence to honor the contributions of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan made in the field of Qawwali. The invitees showed keen interest and some of them also made their presence with their families and close friends.
Answering to the questions, Dr. Pierre-Alain Baud shared that he got inspired by the Great Nusrat Fateh Ali khan when he was just 17 years of age and from that time his focused remained on exploring Nusrat Fateh Ali khan's great personality. He has been successful in exploring the hidden talent in music, giving them international recognition by presenting them to the world. In this way he pays tribute to this unique field of Art and honor his love for Ustad Nusrat fateh Ali khan. Furthermore, He is currently the Art Director of Arts Nomades, a non-profit research and promotion venture, as well as an Associate Researcher with the department of World Religions and Culture, Dhaka University and has also worked with the Sindhology Department of Sindh University, Pakistan. Renuka George also spoke to the event and shared her remarkable experience during translating the French Writer's book into English.
The event started with the introduction of the French writer by the Director of Alliance Francaise Lahore Mr. Stephane Gaillard. On this prestigious event Mr. Shaukat Hassan being also the President of Lahore Alliance Francaise shared his thoughts about Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali khan and his memories when they had met in Lyalpur in the early Sixties.
After the Book Launching ceremony, the audience was escorted to an open area arrangement reserved for Qawali. The Qawali performance by Mehboob Miri Qawwals was a treat to listen that brought back the memories and melodies of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan that proved to be trend setter for coming generations.
The event ended on a scrumptious dinner which was served right after the Qawwali concert.
It is important to mention here that the book has been recognized internationally as a valuable service which will serve as an important text and an engaging read, not only for Nusrat Fateh Ali fans, but for future generations.