Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, student and nephew of legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan rose to fame in a very short span of time. Learnt under the guidance of Late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat has a deep knowledge of sur and understood the department of the music. Recently, this Pakistani singer was in the national capital to perform on the invitation of Indian Women's Press Corp in conjunction with Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Although Rahat is known as a qawwali singer, he has also composed songs for Bollywood movies like 'Paap' and Kalyug'. Besides, he is composing songs for music director Anu Mallik and Anand Raj Anand.
Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born on 9 December 1974 in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. He Belongs From a Famous Pakistani musician Family , 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.
His 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 hit song, Mann Ki Lagan, marked his debut as a Bollywood playback singer. He has become popular in India because of his Bollywood songs..
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 Four Feathers in collaboration with the American composer of orchestral and film music, James Horner. Also in 2002, Rahat guested with The Derek Trucks Band on the song "Maki Madni" for Trucks' album, Joyful Noise.
More recently, his vocals were featured on the soundtrack of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto.
His works include Pakistani nationalistic songs such as "Dharti Dharti" and "Hum Pakistan", and songs from Bollywood films.
Soundtrack Bollywood Movies
Year Movie Song
2004 Paap Laal(Alaap), Mann Ki Lagan
2005 Kalyug Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaaye
2006 Omkara Naina
2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Bol Na Halke Halke
2007 Om Shanti Om Jag Soona Soona Lage
2007 Namaste London Main Jahaan Rahoon
2007 Aaja Nachle O Re Piya
2008 Singh Is King Teri Ore
2008 Haal-E-Dil Haal-E-Dil
2008 Woodstock Villa Koi Chala Ja Raha Hai
2008 Dil Kabaddi Zindagi Ye (special appearance)
2009 Aasma:The sky is the limit Man Bawra
2009 Main Aurr Mrs Khanna Rabba
2009 Billu Barber Jahoon Kahan
2009 Love Aaj Kal Ajj Din Chadheya (Winner Best PlayBack Singer in Star Screen Awards)
2009 Dekh Bhai Dekh Aankhon Mein Kyon, Sapne Bhaye Hain
2009 Jag Jeondeyan De Mele (Punjabi) Jag Jeondeyan De Mele
2009 London Dreams Khwab Jo
2009 De Dana Dan Rishte Nate
2009 Veer Surili Akhiyon Wale (Duet)
2010 My Name Is Khan Sajda
2010 Ishqiya Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji
2010 Toh Baat Pakki Phir se
2010 Lahore Musafir
2010 Badmaash Company Fakeera
2010 Virsa(Pakistani) Mein Tenu Samjhawan
2010 I Hate Luv Storys Bahara (Chill Version)
2010 Milenge Milenge Ishq Ki Gali
2010 Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Tum Jo Aaye and Tum Jo Aaye Reprise
2010 Dabaang Tere Mast Mast Do Naina
2011 Teri Meri Prem Kahani Hai mushkil (Bodyguard)
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will be judging Chhote Ustaad 2 alongside Sonu Nigam.