Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan

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Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan
Ustad Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan Sahib - the King of Harmonium & Vocals.jpg
Background information
Born (1952-12-25)December 25, 1952
Faisalabad (LyallPur)
Died September 9, 2003(2003-09-09) (aged 50)
Genres Qawwali, ghazal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, harmonium
Years active 1965–2003
Website URL

Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan (Urdu: فرخ فتح علی خان‎) (December 25, 1952 – September 9, 2003) 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.[1]

Short biography[edit]

Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was the leader of the family Qawwali party from 1971 until his death in 1997. Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan was one of only two people who remained members of the party throughout this period. Farrukh played the lead harmonium, and provided accompanying vocals. His talent to play in all scales and his ability to switch a tune at a moment's notice are arguably the best in his profession. While accompanying Nusrat to England, he became widely known as Harmonium Raja Sahib (King of the Harmonium).

His talents and accomplishments often went unrecognized due to playing in the shadow of Nusrat. In an interview to the Pakistan Television in 1989, Nusrat revealed that very often the tunes of the qawwalis sung by the party were composed by Farrukh.[2] He is credited as such in some of the albums by the group, such as Shahenshah.[3]

He remained a member of the party when his son, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, took over the leadership of the party after Nusrat's death in 1997. Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan died on September 9, 2003.

Farrukh, Nusrat & Rahat[edit]

Both Farrukh and Rahat often accompanied Nusrat and were a part of his team. They carried forward Nusrat's legacy after his death in 1997. Farrukh and Rahat made their Bollywood debut together for the 2003 film Paap, which released a few months after Farrukh's death.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ahmed Aqeel Ruby, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: A Living Legend, translated by Sajjad Haider Malik, Lahore: Words of Wisdom, (1992)
  2. ^ Lok Virsa – Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Qawal & Party, Vol. 1, Moviebox Birmingham Ltd (2007).
  3. ^ "Farrukh's Discography at CD Universe". , Retrieved 8 April 2016