Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (born 9 December 1974),[9] 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.[2] 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.[9]

Early life

Rahat was born into a family of Qawwals and classical singers in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.[2] He is the son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan, grandson of Fateh Ali Khan and the nephew of legendary Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.[6]

Rahat displayed an adoration for music from a very young age and was often found to be singing with his uncle and father, as young as three. From an age of seven, he was already being trained by his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the art of singing Qawwali.


Rahat performed publicly for the first time, when he was nine, at the death anniversary of his grandfather. Since he was fifteen, he was an integral part of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's well-known qawwali group and toured the UK with his uncle in 1985.He also performed solo songs at different concerts, in addition to fulfilling his roles in the Quawalli group.

He debuted as a playback singer in Bollywood with the movie Paap (2003), in the song "Mann Ki Lagan".

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 and creating a record of maximum ticket-sales.[8][9]

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.[25] 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.[25][25]

Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Rahat became the first Pakistani to perform at any Nobel Prize concert, when he was invited to the concert at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.[25] He performed Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's most memorable qawwali "Tumhe Dillagi" and "Mast Qalandar", and he also sang "Aao Parhao" there.[25][25]

Musical shows

Coke Studio

Rahat has appeared in four seasons of the 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 for "Chhaap Tilak Sab Chheeni".

In season 9, he sang "Afreen Afreen" along with Momina Mustehsan. He collaborated with Amjad Sabri for "Aaj Rang Hai", which was the final performance of the latter, prior to his assassination on 22 June 2016.[25]

He appeared in season 10 where he performed "Sayonee" with Ali Noor.

MTV Unplugged

Rahat had appeared in MTV Unplugged (India) in 2016.[25][25]


Awards and nominations

Lux Style Awards
2014"Malal" – Main Hoon Shahid AfridiSong of the YearWon
2016"Teray Bina Jeena" – Bin RoyeBest Male PlaybackWon
2017"Yeh Ishq" – Yeh IshqBest TV OSTNominated
ARY Film Awards
2014"Pata Yaar Da" – Zinda BhaagARY Film Award for Best Male Playback SingerWon
2016"Saroor De" – Halla GullaWon
Hum Awards
2013"Nadamat" – NadamatHum Award for Best Original SoundtrackNominated
2015"Sadqay Tumhare" – Sadqay TumhareWon
2016"Karb" – KarbWon
Pakistan Media Awards
2011Best Male SingerWon
UK Asian Music Awards
2010Best International Act[25]Won
2012International Artist of the DecadeWon
Best International ActWon
"Teri Meri" – BodyguardBest Selling DownloadWon
Filmfare Awards
2010"Aaj Din Chadheya" – Love Aaj KalFilmfare Award for Best Male Playback SingerNominated
2011"Dil To Bachcha Hai" – IshqiyaWon
"Sajda" – My Name is KhanNominated
2012"Teri Meri" – BodyguardNominated
2017"Jag Ghoomeya" – SultanNominated
IIFA Awards
2006"Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye" – KalyugIIFA Award for Best Male Playback SingerNominated
2010"Ajj Din Chadheya" – Love Aaj KalNominated
2011"Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" – DabanggWon
"Dil To Bachcha Hai" – IshqiyaNominated
2012"Teri Meri" – BodyguardNominated
Screen Awards
2010"Aaj Din Chadheya" – Love Aaj KalScreen Award for Best Male PlaybackWon
2011"Dil To Bachcha Hai" – IshqiyaWon
Producers Guild Film Awards
2006"Jiya Dhadhak" – KalyugProducers Guild Film Award for Best Male Playback SingerNominated
2011"Dil To Bachcha Hai" – IshqiyaWon
"Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" – DabanggNominated
2012"Teri Meri" – BodyguardNominated
Mirchi Music Awards
2011"Sajda" – My Name is KhanBest song in Sufi Tradition
"Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" – DabanggBest Male VocalistWon
2015"Rab Jaane" – Back 2 LoveIndi Pop Song of the Year[18]
2008Masala Lifestyle Popular Choice Awards: Best Asian ConcertWon
"Bharday Jholy" – Bharday JholyThe Musik Best OST AwardWon
2010"Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" – DabanggBest Singer; BIG Star Entertainment AwardsWon
2012"Koi Dil Mein" – TamannaAward for Best Music Talent in a film; 14th London Asian Film Festival[19]Won
2013"Akhiyan" – Mirza – The Untold StoryBest Playback Singer Male; PTC Punjabi Film AwardsWon
International Pakistan Prestige Awards
2017"Khudaya" – Actor in LawBest Singer[32]

See also