Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
راحت فتح علی خان
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
9 December 1974
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Urdu: راحت فتح علی خان; born 9 December 1974) is a Pakistani musician, primarily of Qawwali, a devotional music of the Muslim Sufis. Khan is one of the biggest and highest paid singers in Pakistan. He is the nephew of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan and also grandson of Qawwali singer Fateh Ali Khan. 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.
Rahat was born into a Punjabi family of Qawwals and classical singers in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. 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.
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.
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".
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 on youtube after two years, and 200 million views within three years of its release. Eventually it reached to 1 Billion views.  He is also touring with Leo Twins from Nescafé Basement on a regular basis.
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. 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.
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. He performed Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's most memorable qawwali "Tumhe Dillagi" and "Mast Qalandar", and he also sang "Aao Parhao" there.
Rahat has appeared in four seasons of the Pakistani musical show Coke Studio.
In season 9, he sang "Afreen Afreen" along with Momina Mustehsan which has garnered more than 300 million views on YouTube, becoming the first Pakistani song to cross that mark. 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.
In 2018, the 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. In January 2019, Khan was accused of smuggling foreign currency and summoned by the Enforcement Directorate of Government of India.
Awards and nominations
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- Muzaffar, Erum Noor. "'I am all in favour of education for women' –– Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
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- "Prince of Qawwalis". Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
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- "Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's Zaroori Tha reaches 100 mn club". Radio and Music. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
- "Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's 'Zaroori Tha' music video crosses 200 million". Radio and Music. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
- "Rahat Fateh Ali Khan enthrals audience with magic of fusion in US, UK concerts". Daily Times. 10 November 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "James Horner, Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan* – The Four Feathers". Retrieved 4 August 2010.
- "Annu Kapoor host Junoon Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka". 2 May 2008. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
- "Ustaad Fateh Ali Khan to perform at the IIFA Magic of the Movies & Technical Awards". IIFA. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
- "Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to perform at Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremony". Pakistan Today. 22 November 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
- "Rahat to sing 'Aao Parhao' anthem at Nobel Peace Prize Concert". The Express Tribune. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
- "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.
- "'Afreen Afreen' becomes first Pakistani song to cross 200 million views". The Express Tribune. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- Staff, Images (6 August 2016). "Amjad Sabri, Rahat Fateh, Abida Parveen kick-start Cokestudio 9 with an emotional tribute". Retrieved 7 August 2016.
- "MTV Unplugged Season 5 Episode 6 (All Songs) – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan". MTV Unplugged (India). 12 February 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017 – via YouTube.
- "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.
- "Pakistani Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Accused of Smuggling Foreign Currency, ED Issues Notice". News18. Retrieved 26 February 2019.