Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (born December 9, 1973) (Urdu: راحت فتح علی خان) is a Pakistani singer, primarily of Qawwali, a devotional music of the Muslim Sufis. He is the nephew of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and son of Ustad Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan and also the grandson of legendary Qawwali singer Fateh Ali Khan. In addition to Qawwali, he also performs ghazals and other light music. He is popular as a Bollywood and Lollywood playback singer.Cite error: The named reference ans was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Pallavi Jassi (20 April 2008). "Sufi sublime". The Indian Express.
Rahat was born into a family of Qawwals and classical singers in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan 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."Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Information". Answers.com. Retrieved 4 August 2010. Prince of Qawwalis
ContentsCareer1.1 Soundtracks and collaboration1.2 Television1.3 Nobel Peace Prize Concert
Rahat was chosen by his uncle Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for tutoring in the traditions of Qawwali music and was precociusly singing with his uncle and father by the age of three. 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 qawwali group which was famous throughout the world. He toured the UK with his uncle in 1985, and performed solo songs in addition to singing with the Qawwali group. 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 lollywood playback in the 90s and debuted as a playback singer in Bollywood with the movie Paap (2004), 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 toured extensively and performed in Pakistan, India, United Kingdom and all around the world. 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.
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 2011, 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.
Nobel Peace Prize Concert
Rahat became the first Pakistani to be invited at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, to perform at its concert. 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).al., Sarina Singh ... et (2008). Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway. (7th ed. ed.). Footscray, Vic.: Lonely Planet. ISBN 9781741045420. M. Sheikh, A. Sheikh (2012). Who's Who: Music in Pakistan. Xlibris Corporation, 2012. ISBN 9781469191591. Introduction to the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan DVD Live in Concert in the U.K., Vol. 8 (Oriental Star Agencies) "Rahat Fateh Ali Khan smashes BO sales at Wembly Stadium". Retrieved 3 August 2012. "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. Retrieved 21 February 2011. "Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to perform at Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremony". Pakistan Today. November 22, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014. "Rahat to sing ‘Aao Parhao’ anthem at Nobel Peace Prize Concert". The Express Tribune. December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014.