Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (born 1974) 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
Rahat was born in 1974 in Faisalabad, Punjab 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's 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 the hit song, Mann Ki Lagan, marked his debut as a Bollywood playback singer. He has become popular in India because of his Bollywood film songs.
In 2010, he won "Best International Act" at the UK Asian Music Awards (UK AMAs).