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Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - profile, interview & pictu
Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Ustad Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born in 1974 in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. He is a Pakistani musician , and primarily a singer of Qawwali mainly in the Punjabi language, a devotional music of the Sufis (a mystical tradition within Islam). He is the nephew of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.In addition to Qawwali, he also performs ghazals and other light music. He has toured extensively and performed in Pakistan, India and all around the world.

Early life and training

He was born in 1974 in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan into a family of traditional musicians. The son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat was trained by his uncle Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the art of classical music and Qawwali.


His first public performance was at the age of ten or eleven, when he toured the U.K. with his uncle in 1985, and performed solo songs in addition to singing with the Qawwali party. At a concert in Birmingham on July 27, 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. Paap (2004), featuring hit song, Mann Ki Lagan, marked his debut as a Bollywood playback singer. He has become popular in India because of his Bollywood songs..

Soundtracks and international contributions

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 Four Feathers in collaboration with the American composer of orchestral and film music, James Horner. Also in 2002, Rahat guested with The Derek Trucks Band on the song "Maki Madni" for Trucks' album, Joyful Noise.

More recently, his vocals were featured on the soundtrack of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto.

His recent works include Pakistani nationalistic songs such as "Dharti Dharti" and "Hum Pakistan", and songs from Bollywood films.


Starting July 24, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will be judging Chhote Ustaad 2 alongside Sonu Nigam.



Dharti Dharti
Main Tenu Samjhawan Ki
Hum Pakistan
Aman Ki Asha

Released Albums

Year Album
Tasveer - Vol. 11
Bulbul Ko Phool
Jinan De Mahi Door Vasde
Maa Aur Dhee - Vol.13
Taar Meri Berhi - Vol.5
Aankh Se Aankh Milao - Vol.9
Kabbe Wali Gali Vich Yaar Da Mukaan - Vol.7
Pilade Saqia - Vol.2
Ali Maula Ali - Vol.3
Sufiana Qalaam - Vol. 14
Raba Mera Yaar Morh De - Vol.10
Meri Tauba Karo Qabool - Vol.15
Saher Qareeb Hai - Vol.17
Sher-e-Khuda - Vol.22
Jashan-e-Eid Milad Al Nabi - Vol.21
Best of Khan - Vol.12
Best of Khan Part 2 - Vol.6
Pardesia 2 - Vol.20
Mighty King - Vol.23
Cry For You - Vol. 1
Voices From Above - Vol. 4
Maine Bottle Se Karni Hai Shadi - Vol.8
Maah Jaanda Hoyaa - Vol.4
Aakhan Hijr Tere Ne Laaliyaan - Vol.5
Ishq Ankhiyon Cho Nindraan - Vol.9
Shahsawar-e-Karbala - Vol.6
Best Hits Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Janasheen - Vol.1
Janasheen - Vol.2
Janasheen - Vol.3
Janasheen - Vol.4
Janasheen - Vol.5
Rut Sawan Ki
Sanu Rog Laun Waleya
Aankh Se Ankh Milao
2007 Charkha
2009 Remembering Nusrat: Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Memorial Concert
2009 Nazrana-e-Aqeedat
2009 Koi Umeed

Soundtrack Pakistani Dramas

Serial Song
Thori Si Wafaa Chahiye Thori Si Wafaa Chahiye
Khuda Zameen Se Gaya Nahin Khuda Zameen Se Gaya Nahin
Meri Zaat Zara-e-Benishan Meri Zaat
Bharday Jholy Bharday Jholy
Anokha Bandan Bewafa
Kaisa Yeh Junoon Kaisa Yeh Junoon
Jhumka Jaan Zindagi Ishq Hai
Chuban Ishq Bhi Hai Chuban
Noor Bano Baat Kar Le
Taluq Taluq
Chein Aye Na Chein Aye Na
Ishq Junoon Deewangi Ishq Junoon Deewangi

Soundtrack Bollywood Movies

Year Movie Song
2004 Paap Laal(Alaap), Mann Ki Lagan
2005 Kalyug Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaaye
2006 Omkara Naina
2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Bol Na Halke Halke
2007 Om Shanti Om Jag Soona Soona Lage
2007 Namaste London Main Jahaan Rahoon
2007 Aaja Nachle O Re Piya
2008 Singh Is King Teri Ore
2008 Haal-E-Dil Haal-E-Dil
2008 Woodstock Villa Koi Chala Ja Raha Hai
2008 Dil Kabaddi Zindagi Ye (special appearance)
2009 Aasma:The sky is the limit Man Bawra
2009 Main Aurr Mrs Khanna Rabba
2009 Billu Barber Jahoon Kahan
2009 Love Aaj Kal Ajj Din Chadheya (Winner Best PlayBack Singer in Star Screen Awards)
2009 Dekh Bhai Dekh Aankhon Mein Kyon, Sapne Bhaye Hain
2009 Jag Jeondeyan De Mele (Punjabi) Jag Jeondeyan De Mele
2009 London Dreams Khwab Jo
2009 De Dana Dan Rishte Nate
2009 Veer Surili Akhiyon Wale (Duet)
2010 My Name Is Khan Sajda
2010 Ishqiya Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji
2010 Toh Baat Pakki Phir se
2010 Lahore Musafir
2010 Badmaash Company Fakeera
2010 Virsa(Pakistani) Mein Tenu Samjhawan
2010 I Hate Luv Storys Bahara (Chill Version)
2010 Milenge Milenge Ishq Ki Gali
2010 Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Tum Jo Aaye and Tum Jo Aaye Reprise
2010 Dabaang Tere Mast Mast Do Naina

Hollywood soundtracks

Year Movie
1995 Dead man walking
2002 Four Feathers
2006 Apocalypto


Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, student and nephew of legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan rose to fame in a very short span of time. Learnt under the guidance of Late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat has a deep knowledge of sur and understood the department of the music. Recently, this Pakistani singer was in the national capital to perform on the invitation of Indian Women's Press Corp in conjunction with Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Although Rahat is known as a qawwali singer, he has also composed songs for Bollywood movies like 'Paap' and Kalyug'. Besides, he is composing songs for music director Anu Mallik and Anand Raj Anand.

Will you tell our viewers about yourself?

I am the student and nephew of late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. I started learning at the age of seven and my first concert was at the age of 11 with my guru in 1985.

What's so special about today's event?

This is my first public performance in Delhi, though I had performed in earlier in the capital on the invitation of Mrs Sonia Gandhi. I am sure today Delhiites will see me singing live , and for a performer it is very exciting. On the other hand, it's a difficult day too as if something goes wrong the audience will immediately react.

Are you going to play any special track for Delhiites?

Maybe but it all depends on the audiences present in the hall.

You have a big name in Bollywood. How did it get possible?

As I am popular in Pakistan being the nephew of Late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, one day I got a call from Bhatts ( Mahesh Bhat camp ) with a offer to compose song for their movie. I accepted their offer and it began like this.

How the sufi music is so popular?

In today's world everybody is in a hurry and the music is also being made on the fast pace. So, today songs don't make a success. But the sufi music is totally different; anyone can relate the music with himself.

Could music play a vital role in Indo-Pak relations?

Yes, music is playing an important role in bridging the gap between the two countries.

What's making Pakistani bands popular in India?

Pakistani bands are much popular in India as Indian bands are popular in Pakistan. Since the audiences look for change, they accept the new thing that comes their way.

What are your forthcoming albums?

I am working on a lot of things. Besides album, I am also busy in composing for Bollywood music directors like Anu Mallik and Anand Raj Anand.

What are your comments about Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan? I hope you would love to listen him.
Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:49 pm View user's profile Send private message
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one of the best Pakistan has ever produced
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He has kept the traditions of his family.I like him for his Music as well his personality.He is down to earth,humble & modest.

Tark e Taluq Ki Kya Tojeeh Paish Karen
Bohat Si Baaton K Jawaab Nahi Hotay
Kon Kis K liye Tabah Huwa Hai Qazi
Sachay Ishq Mey Ye Hisaab Nahi hotay
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one of the best Pakistan has ever produced

he is good
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Fan of him... Great voice... but he should pay income tax aswell to the pakistani government...
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really amezing singer my all friend like his songs very nice
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He is one of my favourite singer .His voice is too good and he make the song very happening.
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one of my favorite singers..
who couldn't like him after Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Smile
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the legend of pakistan...bus wish ha k pakistan main hi agar inka talent ki qadar ho to yeh bahair na jain
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