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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
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At the 15th IIFA Awards in 2014
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 actsNusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan

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]

Early life[edit]

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]

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]


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".

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]

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]

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.[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[edit]

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[edit]

Coke Studio[edit]

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 views 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[edit]

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 Nusrat and doesn't need anyone's permission to sing his songs.[21] In January 2019, Khan was accused of smuggling foreign currency and summoned by the Enforcement directorate of Government of India.[22]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Lux Style Awards
2014 "Malal" – Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Song of the Year Won
2016 "Teray Bina Jeena" – Bin Roye Best Male Playback Won
2017 "Yeh Ishq" – Yeh Ishq Best TV OST Nominated
2018 "Sanwar De Khudaya" – Arth 2 Best Male Singer[23] Won
2019 "Kaisa Yeh Marz Hai Ishq Ishq" – Khaani Best TV OST[24] Won
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
2011 Best Male Singer Won
2013 Won
UK Asian Music Awards
2010 Best International Act[25] Won
2012 International Artist of the Decade Won
Best International Act Won
"Teri Meri" – Bodyguard Best Selling Download Won
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
"Sajda" – My Name is Khan Best Song in Sufi Tradition Won
Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
"Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" – Dabangg Won
2011 "Teri Meri" – Bodyguard[28] Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2014 "Rab Jaane" – Back 2 Love[29] Indi Pop Song of the Year Won
2016 "Jag Ghoomeya" – Sultan[30] Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2017 "Mere Rashke Qamar" – Baadshaho[31] Nominated
2008 Masala Lifestyle Popular Choice Awards: Best Asian Concert Won
"Bharday Jholy" – Bharday Jholy The Musik Best OST Award Won
2010 "Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" – Dabangg BIG Star Entertainment Awards: Best Singer Won
2012 "Koi Dil Mein" – Tamanna 14th London Asian Film Festival: Best Music Talent in a Film[32] Won
2013 "Akhiyan" – Mirza – The Untold Story PTC Punjabi Film Awards: Best Playback Singer Male Won
2017 "Khudaya" – Actor in Law International Pakistan Prestige Awards: Best Singer[33] Nominated

On 26 June 2019 Rahat was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Oxford.[34]

See also[edit]


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  16. ^ "USTAD RAHAT FATEH ALI KHAN – 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert Artist". Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Archived from the original on 16 May 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  17. ^ "'Afreen Afreen' becomes first Pakistani song to cross 200 million views". The Express Tribune. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  18. ^ Staff, Images (6 August 2016). "Amjad Sabri, Rahat Fateh, Abida Parveen kick-start Cokestudio 9 with an emotional tribute". Retrieved 7 August 2016.
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  20. ^ "MTV Unplugged Season 5 Episode 6 (All Songs) - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan". MTV Unplugged (India). 12 February 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017 – via YouTube.
  21. ^ "Rahat Fateh Ali Khan: Don't need permission to sing Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Qawwalis". The Indian Express. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
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  33. ^ "International Pakistan Prestige Awards Nominations Revealed!". Brandsynario. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  34. ^ "Honorary degree recipients for 2019 announced". The University of Oxford. Retrieved 26 June 2019.

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