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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
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Background information
Native name راحت فتح علی خان
Birth name Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Born 1974 (age 42–43)[1][2]
Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Origin Pakistan
Genres Qawwali, Playback
Occupation(s) Vocalist, musician, recording artist
Instruments Harmonium
Years active 1985–present
Associated acts Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (born 1974) is a Pakistani singer, 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.[3] In addition to Qawwali, he also performs ghazals and other light music. He is popular as a playback singer in Bollywood and Pakistan film industry.[4]

Early life[edit]

Rahat was born into a family of Qawwals and classical singers in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan[3] into a family of traditional musicians. The son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan, he was trained by his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the art of classical music and Qawwali.[5]


Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at SAMAA

Rahat was chosen by his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for tutoring in the traditions of Qawwali[6] music and was singing with his uncle and father by the age of three.[7] At the age of seven he began formal training with his uncle and he performed first time in public at the age of nine at the death anniversary of his grandfather. From age fifteen, he was made an integral part of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's well-known qawwali group. He toured the UK with his uncle in 1985, and performed solo songs in addition to singing with the Qawwali group.[8] At a concert in Birmingham on 27 July 1985, he performed the solo ghazal, "Mukh Tera Sohneya Sharab Nalon Changa Ae". At a concert at the Harrow Leisure Centre in 1985, he performed the solo song, "Gin Gin Taare Lang Gaiyaan Rattaan". He sang Bollywood playback in the 90s and debuted as a playback singer in Bollywood with the movie Paap (2003), featuring the hit song, "Mann Ki Lagan". His recent works include Pakistani nationalistic songs such as "Dharti Dharti" and "Hum Pakistan", and songs from Bollywood films. He has performed in Pakistan, India, United Kingdom and other countries. 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.[9][10]

Soundtracks and collaboration[edit]

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.


He judged the show, Chhote Ustaad 2 alongside Sonu Nigam. He was also one of the judges on the singing reality show Junoon – Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka, premièred on NDTV Imagine in 2008.[12][13]

Nobel Peace Prize Concert[edit]

Rahat became the first Pakistani to be invited at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, to perform at its concert.[14] He performed Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's most memorable qawwali "Tumhe Dillagi..." and "Mast Qalandar...", he also sang "Aao Parhao – Jo Seekha hai woh sab ko seekhao" (Come Teach – Teach all that you have learnt).[15][16]

UN General Assembly Concert[edit]

Pakistan Day was celebrated for the first time at the United Nations General Assembly Hall on 23 March 2016. At the occasion a concert titled "Sufi Night: Music of Peace" was organized. The sole performer at the concert was Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Diplomats from 140 countries were present in the concert.[17]

Coke Studio[edit]

Rahat has appeared for multiple times in the popular Pakistani musical show Coke Studio. Rahat appeared for the first time in season 1, where he collaborated with singer Ali Azmat for the track "Garaj Baras". He then appeared in season 6, this time with Abida Parveen. Rahat was also a part of season 9, where he generated the hit song "Afreen Afreen" along with Momina Mustehsan, then also he sang "Rang" along with Amjad Sabri. This was one of the last performances of Sabri, who was assassinated in Karachi on 22 June 2016.[18]

MTV Unplugged[edit]

Khan appeared on MTV Unplugged with a new compositions of the Qawwalis sung by himself and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.[19]


Year Category Event Note
2017 Best Singer Male for "Jag Ghoomeya" in Sultan 62nd Filmfare Awards Nominated
2016 Best Singer Male for Halla Gulla 2nd ARY Film Awards
2015 Best Drama OST of the Year for Sadqay Tumhare 3rd Hum Awards
2015 Indi Pop Song of the Year for Rab Jaane 7th Mirchi Music Awards [20]
2014 Best Song of the Year for Main Hoon Shahid Afridi 13th Lux Style Awards
2014 Best Singer Male for Zinda Bhaag 1st ARY Film Awards
2013 Award for Best Singer Male 4th Pakistan Media Awards
2012 International Artist of the Decade UK Asian Music Awards
2012 Best International Act UK Asian Music Awards
2012 Best Selling Download UK Asian Music Awards Teri Meri (Bodyguard)
2012 Award for Best Music Talent in a Film 14th London Asian Film Festival Koi Dil Mein (Tamanna).[21]
2011 Award for Best Male Playback Singer Filmfare Awards [22]
2011 Award for Best Singer Male Pakistan Media Awards
2011 Award for Best Male Playback Screen Awards [23]
2010 Award for Best Male Playback Screen Awards [23]
2010 Best International Act UK Asian Music Awards (UK AMAs) [24]
2008 POPULAR CHOICE AWARDS:Best Asian Concert Masala Lifestyle Awards
2008 Best Sound Track (OST) Award The Musik Awards 'Bharday Jholi'


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Biography (official website)
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Information". Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Pallavi Jassi (20 April 2008). "Sufi sublime". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Prince of Qawwalis Archived 26 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ al., Sarina Singh ... et (2008). Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway. (7th ed.). Footscray, Vic.: Lonely Planet. ISBN 9781741045420. 
  7. ^ M. Sheikh, A. Sheikh (2012). Who's Who: Music in Pakistan. Xlibris Corporation, 2012. ISBN 9781469191591. 
  8. ^ Introduction to the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan DVD Live in Concert in the U.K., Vol. 8 (Oriental Star Agencies)
  9. ^ "Rahat Fateh Ali Khan smashes BO sales at Wembly Stadium". Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rahat Fateh Ali Khan". Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "James Horner, Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan* – The Four Feathers". Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Annu Kapoor host Junoon Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka". 2 May 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2011. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Ustaad Fateh Ali Khan to perform at the IIFA Magic of the Movies & Technical Awards". IIFA. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to perform at Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremony". Pakistan Today. 22 November 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Rahat to sing 'Aao Parhao' anthem at Nobel Peace Prize Concert". The Express Tribune. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "USTAD RAHAT FATEH ALI KHAN – 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert Artist". Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  17. ^ "Pakistan Day celebrated at the United Nations". Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  18. ^ Staff, Images (2016-08-06). "Amjad Sabri, Rahat Fateh, Abida Parveen kick-start Coke Studio 9 with an emotional tribute". Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  19. ^ "Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan on drive to constantly evolve sound". Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  20. ^ [1] Archived 8 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ "TOF Award winners 2012". Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  22. ^ Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer
  23. ^ a b Screen Award for Best Male Playback
  24. ^ "BBC – Asian Network – BBC Asian Network AMA 2010 – Winners". Retrieved 24 August 2010. 

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