Rahat Fateh Ali Khan a legendary Pakistani singer was born into a family of Qawwals and classical singers in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan on Born on December 9, 1973. 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.
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.
In a subordinate role with his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, working in collaboration with Eddie Vedder, of the American rockband, 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 Feathersin 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.
Rahat also 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).
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has nominated for many categories at different award shows amongst which he bagged following awards:
• In 2015, Best Drama OST of the Year for Sadqay Tumhare at the 3rd Hum Awards.
• In 2014, “Best Song of the Year” for Main Hoon Shahid Afridi at the 13th Lux Style Awards.
• In 2014, “Best Singer Male” for Zinda Bhaag at the 1st ARY Film Awards.
• In 2013, “Award for Best Singer Male” at the 4th Pakistan Media Awards.
• In 2012, “International Artist of the Decade” at the UK Asian Music Awards.
• In 2012, “Best International Act” at the UK Asian Music Awards.
• In 2012, “Best Selling Download” at the UK Asian Music Awards for the song Teri Meri from the film Bodyguard.
• In 2012, “Award for Best Music Talent in a Film” at the 14th London Asian Film Festival for the song Koi Dil Mein from the feature film Tamanna.
• In 2011, “Award for Best Male Playback Singer” at the Filmfare Awards.
• In 2011, “Award for Best Singer Male” at the Pakistan Media Awards.
• In 2011, “Award for Best Male Playback” at the Screen Awards India.
• In 2010, “Award for Best Male Playback” at the Screen Awards India.
• In 2010, “Best International Act” at the UK Asian Music Awards (UK AMAs).
• In 2008, he won “POPULAR CHOICE AWARDS:Best Asian Concert” at Masala Lifestyle Awards.
• In 2008, He won Best Sound Track (OST) Award for ‘Bharday Jholi’ on The Musik Awards.