Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the renowned Pakistani singer was born on 9 December 1973 in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan . He is primarily famous for Qawwali which is a form of Sufi devotional music prevalent in Southern Asia especially in Punjab and Sindh areas of Pakistan, Delhi and Hyderabad and in several other portions of India. Apart from Qawwali, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is also into ghazals and other forms of light music. He is the nephew of the world renowned Pakistani musician, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was born in the city of Faisalabad in Punjab, Pakistan into a Muslim background. He belonged to a family where all were traditional musicians. In the year 1985 at the young age of 10 or 11 years, he gave his very first public performance while he was out touring U.K with his uncle. There, apart from singing with the Qawwali group, he had also performed some solo songs. On the 27th of July, 1985, he performed the ghazal called “Mukh Tera Sohneya Sharab Nalon Changa Ae” at some concert in Birmingham. The very same year he had also performed “Gin Gin Taare Lang Gaiyaan Rattaan” at the Harrow Leisure Centre concert. His very first project as a playback singer was in the Pooja Bhatt directed Bollywood film, ‘Paap’ (2003). Some of his very recent works include songs like “Hum Pakistan” and “Dharti Dharti” and various other songs from Bollywood. He had gone on numerous tours all around the world including countries such as United Kingdom, India, Pakistan and several others. In the month of April in 2012, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan went on a tour in UK and he performed at the Manchester Arena as well as the Wembley Area, in front of a huge audience. He along with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Eddie Vector (belonging to the American rock band called ‘Pearl Jam’) contributed to the soundtrack of ‘Dead Man Walking’ a 1995 Hollywood flick directed by Tim Robbins. In the year 2002, he along with James Horner (an American composer) joined hands and worked together on the soundtrack of Shekhar Kapur’s ‘The Four Feathers’. Later on he had also given his bit of contribution to various songs in various albums and movies such as: for “Maki Madni” for the album called ‘Joyful Noise’, and for the Mel Gibson directed ‘Aplocalypto’. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan had also appeared on television as a judge along with Sonu Nigam, for the reality show ‘Chhote Ustad 2’. In the year 2008 he had also judged the singing reality television show called ‘Junoon- Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka’, aired on NDTV Imagine.

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