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Ali Khan

Ali Khan

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Birth Karachi
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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (born 1974), 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. 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.

Early life

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 and grandson of 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 at Samaa TV

Rahat was chosen by his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for tutoring in the traditions of Qawwali music and was 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 when he was 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. At a concert in Birmingham on 27 July 1985, he performed the solo ghazal, "Mukh Tera Sohneya Sharab Nalon Changa Ae". At the concert held at 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.

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.


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.

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", and he also sang "Aao Parhao" there.

UN General Assembly Concert

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.

Coke Studio

Rahat has appeared in three seasons of 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. He then also appeared in season 9, where he generated the song "Afreen Afreen" along with Momina Mustehsan, then 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.

MTV Unplugged

Rahat appeared in MTV Unplugged (India) in 2016, with a new compositions of the Qawwalis sung by himself and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.


Awards and nominations

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
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 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
2011 "Sajda" – My Name is Khan Best song in Sufi Tradition
"Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" – Dabangg Best Male Vocalist Won
2015 "Rab Jaane" – Back 2 Love Indi Pop Song of the Year
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 Best Singer; BIG Star Entertainment Awards Won
2012 "Koi Dil Mein" – Tamanna Award for Best Music Talent in a film; 14th London Asian Film Festival Won
2013 "Akhiyan" – Mirza – The Untold Story Best Playback Singer Male; PTC Punjabi Film Awards Won
International Pakistan Prestige Awards
2017 "Khudaya" – Actor in Law Best Singer
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