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The Documentary - Sleevenotes - 5. Mohammed Hanif

Mohammed Hanif focuses on Pakistan's most enduring music export, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

"The first time I saw Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, he was stuck in the door of a van and I feared that he might never be able to get out. I was eight years old and had never seen a man so enormous. Nusrat was not yet the global music sensation that he would become in a few years but he was already a rock star in my hometown. "His annual concert meant deserted streets, the whole village pulled an all nighter; even old women who never ventured out, sat on the rooftops and listened." Mohammed Hanif is a novelist and journalist now based in Pakistan. Previously head of the BBC's Urdu section and a contributor to From Our Own Correspondent. His two novels A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008) and Our Lady of Alice Bhatti (2011) were widely praised and his debut was longlisted for the Man Booker prize.

  • Broadcast on BBC World Service, 7:50PM Fri, 23 Nov 2012
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC World Service, 9:50AM Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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  • Duration 10 minutes

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