Fateh Ali Khan died in the late 1960s at a relatively young age and the responsibility of the group fell on the shoulders of Mubarak Ali Khan. He kept it intact till his death in themid-1970s. Nusrat made his first impression at the urs of Baba Fareed in Pakpattan asa young man and later on at the annual music conference under the auspices of RadioPakistan on March 23, 1965. But he was recognised as a formidable force in 1976, onthe occasion to commemorate the 700th death anniversary of Amir Khusro.As he became famous in Pakistan, Nusrat Fateh was invited to Avignon in France attheir annual music conference. Ghulam Fareed Sabri had already made space for qawwali in the festival. Nusrat Fateh Ali capitalised on that initial acceptance, and madeit as one of the most popular forms of music over the years not only in France but allover the world.When he teamed up with Peter Gabriel, his fame extended beyond those onlyinterested in music and his contribution in Womad (World of Music Art and Dance)made him the leading player in the phenomena called World Music. The fusion of melodic content of traditional cultures with contemporary rhythmic patterns usuallyplayed on electronic computerised instruments became the representative music of theage.As with the ghazal, the Pakistani establishment felt comfortable with the promotion of qawwali. In 1980s, it was considered to be the representative music which had a stampall its own to make it distinct from any major form of classical music. Its contentsclassified as religious mysticism sat easily with everyone.The musical forms of our system are very insular and retain their purity. It is not easy topenetrate and subject them to change. The change if any is slow and depends ongradual assimilation. All classical forms in any system of music do not lend themselveseasily to change. They are resistant to tampering and tinkering, the change is alwaysslow and imperceptible. Only hindsight provides the true measure of that change.The change is much easily brought about in the forms of music which are not that wellwrought, stylised or particular in retaining their individuality. It is more crucial to respondto the changing environment and climate of music than in retaining the purity of a form.In our music the folk forms were much easier to influence than the higher classicalforms.The form which responded to changes in the environment was and is film music. Thereasons are easier to understand because it was a new form that had emerged with thetechnological breakthrough of recording sound live which later was used as playback.Since the form was new there was no resistance from an already existing formalstructure, the territory was wide-open to experimentation. The initial experimentationsconducted in the laboratory of film music were the introduction of the orchestra and alarge number of instruments new to the tenor of our music. The taste changed in other areas of music as did the sensibility, and was easily reflected in the changing trends of film music too.