Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
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Background information
Native name
راحت فتح علی خان
Birth nameRahat Fateh Ali Khan
Born (1974-12-09) 9 December 1974 (age 44) [1]
Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Qawwali singer
  • Playback singer
  • Vocals
  • Harmonium
Years active1985–present
Associated acts Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan
Website rfakworld.com

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Urdu: راحت فتح علی خان ) (born 9 December 1974), [1] is a Pakistani musician, primarily of Qawwali, a devotional music of the Muslim Sufis. He is the nephew of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan and also the grandson of Qawwali singer Fateh Ali Khan. [2] In addition to Qawwali, he also performs ghazals and other light music. He is also popular as a playback singer in Bollywood and the Pakistan film industry. [3]

Urdu national language and lingua franca of Pakistan; standardized register of Hindustani

Urdu —or, more precisely, Modern Standard Urdu—is a Persianised standard register of the Hindustani language. It is the official national language and lingua franca of Pakistan. In India, it is one of the 22 official languages recognized in the Constitution of India, having official status in the six states of Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, as well as the national capital territory of Delhi. It is a registered regional language of Nepal.

Qawwali Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia

Qawwali is a form of Sufi Islamic devotional music originating from South Asia, and notably popular in the Punjab and Sindh regions of Pakistan; in Hyderabad, Delhi and other parts of India, especially North India; as well as the Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions of Bangladesh. It is part of a musical tradition that stretches back for more than 700 years.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Pakistani musician, primarily a singer of qawwali

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, born Anjum Pervaiz Ali Khan, was a Pakistani vocalist and musician, primarily a singer of Qawwali, a form of Sufi Islamic devotional music. Widely considered one of the greatest voices ever recorded, he possessed an extraordinary range of vocal abilities and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours. Extending the 600-year old Qawwali tradition of his family, Khan is widely credited with introducing Qawwali music to international audiences. He is popularly known as "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali", meaning "The Emperor of Qawwali".


Early life

Rahat was born into a Punjabi family of Qawwals and classical singers in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. [2] He is the son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan, grandson of Fateh Ali Khan and the nephew of legendary Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. [4]

Faisalabad Municipality in Punjab, Pakistan

Faisalabad, formerly known as Lyallpur, is the third-most-populous city in Pakistan, and the second-largest in the eastern province of Punjab. Historically one of the first planned cities within British India, it has long since developed into a cosmopolitan metropolis. Faisalabad was restructured into city district status; a devolution promulgated by the 2001 local government ordinance (LGO). The total area of Faisalabad District is 5,856 km2 (2,261 sq mi) while the area controlled by the Faisalabad Development Authority (FDA) is 1,280 km2 (490 sq mi). Faisalabad has grown to become a major industrial and distribution centre because of its central location in the region and connecting roads, rails, and air transportation. It has been referred to as the "Manchester of Pakistan". Faisalabad contributes over 20 percent of Punjab's GDP, and has an average annual GDP of $20.5 billion. Agriculture and industry remain its hallmark.

Punjab, Pakistan Province in Pakistan

Punjab is Pakistan's second largest province by area, after Balochistan, and it is the most populated province, with an estimated population of 110,012,442 as of 2017. Forming the bulk of the transnational Punjab region, it is bordered by the Pakistan provinces of Sindh, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the enclave of Islamabad, and Azad Kashmir. It also shares borders with the Indian states of Punjab, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir. The provincial capital of Punjab is the city Lahore, a cultural, historical, economic and cosmopolitan centre of Pakistan where the country's cinema industry, and much of its fashion industry, are based.

Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan Pakistani singer

Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan was a player of the harmonium in Qawwali and also was a member of a well-known family of Qawwali musicians. He was the younger brother of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the son of Fateh Ali Khan, the nephew of Mubarak Ali Khan, and the father of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Rahat displayed an adoration for music from a very young age and was often found to be singing with his uncle and father, as young as three. From an age of seven, he was already being trained by his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the art of singing Qawwali. [5] [6]


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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at Samaa TV

Rahat performed publicly for the first time, when he was nine, at the death anniversary of his grandfather. Since he was fifteen, he was an integral part of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's well-known qawwali group and toured the UK with his uncle in 1985. He also performed solo songs at different concerts, in addition to fulfilling his roles in the Quawalli group.

He debuted as a playback singer in Bollywood with the movie Paap (2003), in the song "Mann Ki Lagan".

<i>Paap</i> 2003 film by Pooja Bhatt

Paap is a 2003 Indian crime thriller film, directed by Pooja Bhatt in her directorial debut, and features John Abraham, Udita Goswami, Gulshan Grover and Mohan Agashe. Though the film did not fare well at the box office, it received considerable critical acclaim, especially for its cinematography, direction and Mahesh Bhatt's Indianised adaptation of Peter Weir's 1985 English film Witness. The film is also remembered for its soundtrack, which featured numerous Pakistani artists, and also marked the Bollywood debut of singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan with Mann Ki Lagan, thus setting a trend of Pakistani singers in Bollywood.

In April 2012 Rahat toured in the UK, performing at Wembley Arena and the Manchester Arena, playing to a combined audience of over 20,000 people and creating a record of maximum ticket-sales. [7] [8]

Wembley Arena sports arena

Wembley Arena is an indoor arena in Wembley, London. With 12,500 seats, it is London's second-largest indoor arena after The O2 Arena, and the eighth-largest in the United Kingdom.

Manchester Arena Event arena in Manchester, England

The Manchester Arena is an indoor arena in Manchester, England, immediately north of the city centre and partly above Manchester Victoria station in air rights space.

The song "Zaroori Tha" from the album Back 2 Love (2014) became the first original non-film music video from the Indian subcontinent to cross 100 million views after two years, and 200 million views within three years of its release. [9] [10]

<i>Back 2 Love</i> (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan album) 2014 studio album by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Back 2 Love is an album by Pakistani Qawwali singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The album was released globally on 9 June 2014. Back 2 Love is a collection of 10 songs including collaborations with Indian musicians and singers like Salim-Sulaiman and Shreya Ghoshal.

Indian subcontinent Peninsular region in south-central Asia south of the Himalayas

The Indian subcontinent, also known as the Asian subcontinent and Indo subcontinent, is a southern region and peninsula of Asia, mostly situated on the Indian Plate and projecting southwards into the Indian Ocean from the Himalayas. Geologically, the Indian subcontinent is related to the land mass that rifted from Gondwana and merged with the Eurasian plate nearly 55 million years ago. Geographically, it is the peninsular region in south-central Asia delineated by the Himalayas in the north, the Hindu Kush in the west, and the Arakanese in the east. Politically, the Indian subcontinent includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Soundtracks and collaboration

In a subordinate role with his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, working in collaboration with Eddie Vedder, of the American rock band, Pearl Jam, Rahat contributed to the soundtrack of the 1995 Hollywood film, Dead Man Walking . In 2002, he worked on the soundtrack of The Four Feathers in collaboration with the American composer of orchestral and film music, James Horner. [11] In 2002, Rahat guested with The Derek Trucks Band on the song "Maki Madni" for Trucks' album, Joyful Noise . In 2006, his vocals were featured on the soundtrack of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto .[ citation needed ]


He judged the show, Chhote Ustaad alongside Sonu Nigam. He was also one of the judges on the singing reality show Junoon , premiered on NDTV Imagine in 2008. [12] [13]

Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Rahat became the first Pakistani to perform at any Nobel Prize concert, when he was invited to the concert at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. [14] He performed Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's most memorable qawwali "Tumhe Dillagi" and "Mast Qalandar", and he also sang "Aao Parhao" there. [15] [16]

Musical shows

Coke Studio

Rahat has appeared in four seasons of the Pakistani musical show Coke Studio .

He first appeared in season 1, where he collaborated with singer Ali Azmat for the track "Garaj Baras". He then collaborated with Abida Parveen in season 6 for "Chhaap Tilak Sab Chheeni".

In season 9, he sang "Afreen Afreen" along with Momina Mustehsan which has garnered more than 220 million view on Youtube, becoming the first pakistani song to cross that mark. [17] He collaborated with Amjad Sabri for "Aaj Rang Hai", which was the final performance of the latter, prior to his assassination on 22 June 2016. [18]

He appeared in Coke Studio Pakistan (season 10) where he performed "Sayonee" with Ali Noor and a solo number called Rangreza.

MTV Unplugged

Rahat had appeared in MTV Unplugged (India) in 2016. [19] [20]


In 2018 daughter of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan said she intended to take legal action against copyright infringement of singers who sing her father's songs. To this Rahat responded saying he was the adopted successor of Nus rat and doesn't need anyone's permission to sing his songs [21] . In January 2019, Khan was accused of smuggling foreign currency and summonned by the Enforcement directorate of Government of India [22] .


Awards and nominations

YearNominee / workAwardResult
Lux Style Awards
2014 "Malal" – Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Song of the YearWon
2016 "Teray Bina Jeena" – Bin Roye Best Male PlaybackWon
2017 "Yeh Ishq" – Yeh Ishq Best TV OSTNominated
2018 "Sanwar De Khudaya" – Arth 2 Best Male Singer [23] Pending
ARY Film Awards
2014 "Pata Yaar Da" – Zinda Bhaag ARY Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer Won
2016 "Saroor De" – Halla Gulla Won
Hum Awards
2013 "Nadamat" – Nadamat Hum Award for Best Original Soundtrack Nominated
2015 "Sadqay Tumhare" – Sadqay Tumhare Won
2016 "Karb" – Karb Won
Pakistan Media Awards
2011Best Male SingerWon
2013 Won
UK Asian Music Awards
2010Best International Act [24] Won
2012International Artist of the DecadeWon
Best International ActWon
"Teri Meri" – Bodyguard Best Selling DownloadWon
Filmfare Awards
2010 "Aaj Din Chadheya" – Love Aaj Kal Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer Nominated
2011 "Dil To Bachcha Hai" – Ishqiya Won
"Sajda" – My Name is Khan Nominated
2012 "Teri Meri" – Bodyguard Nominated
2017 "Jag Ghoomeya" – Sultan Nominated
IIFA Awards
2006 "Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye" – Kalyug IIFA Award for Best Male Playback Singer Nominated
2010 "Ajj Din Chadheya" – Love Aaj Kal Nominated
2011 "Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" – Dabangg Won
"Dil To Bachcha Hai" – Ishqiya Nominated
2012 "Teri Meri" – Bodyguard Nominated
Screen Awards
2010"Aaj Din Chadheya" – Love Aaj Kal Screen Award for Best Male Playback Won
2011"Dil To Bachcha Hai" – Ishqiya Won
Producers Guild Film Awards
2006"Jiya Dhadhak" – Kalyug Producers Guild Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer Nominated
2011"Dil To Bachcha Hai" – Ishqiya Won
"Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" – Dabangg Nominated
2012"Teri Meri" – Bodyguard Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards
[25] [26]
"Sajda" – My Name is Khan Best Song in Sufi TraditionWon
Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
"Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" – Dabangg Won
2011 "Teri Meri" – Bodyguard [27] Male Vocalist of the YearNominated
2014 "Rab Jaane" – Back 2 Love [28] Indi Pop Song of the YearWon
2016 "Jag Ghoomeya" – Sultan [29] Male Vocalist of the YearNominated
2017 "Mere Rashke Qamar" – Baadshaho [30] Nominated
2008Masala Lifestyle Popular Choice Awards: Best Asian ConcertWon
"Bharday Jholy" – Bharday Jholy The Musik Best OST AwardWon
2010"Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" – Dabangg BIG Star Entertainment Awards: Best SingerWon
2012"Koi Dil Mein" – Tamanna 14th London Asian Film Festival: Best Music Talent in a Film [31] Won
2013"Akhiyan" – Mirza – The Untold Story PTC Punjabi Film Awards: Best Playback Singer MaleWon
2017"Khudaya" – Actor in Law International Pakistan Prestige Awards: Best Singer [32] Nominated

See also

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