Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Punjabi, Urdu: راحت فتح علی خان ; born 9 December 1974) is a Pakistani Singer, primarily of Qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music. Khan is one of the biggest and highest paid singers in Pakistan. He is the nephew of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan and grandson of Qawwali singer Fateh Ali Khan. In addition to Qawwali, he also performs ghazals and other light music. He is also popular as a playback singer in Hindi cinema and the Pakistan film industry.
Rahat was born into a Punjabi family of Qawwals and classical singers in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. 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.
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 Fateh Ali Khan Height Weight Age Body Statistics Biography
|Real Name||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan|
|Nickname||Rahat and RFAK|
|Name Earned||Shahenshah-e-Qawwali (Kings of Kings of Qawwali)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height||in centimeters- 162 cm|
in meters- 1.62 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 3½”
|Weight||in Kilograms- 90 kg|
in Pounds- 198 lbs
|Body Measurements||– Chest: 44 Inches|
– Waist: 38 Inches
– Biceps: 13 Inches
|Date of Birth||9 December 1973|
|Age (as in 2023)||49 Years|
|Birth Place||Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Sagittarius|
|Hometown||Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Educational Qualifications||Not Known|
|Debut||Singing Debut: Kisi Roz Milo Hamein Shaam Dhaley (Pakistani film – Mard Jeenay Nahi Detay (1997)|
|Awards||• President of Pakistan’s Award for Pride of Performance by Government of Pakistan in 1987|
• UNESCO Music Prize in 1995
• Grand Prix des Amériques at Montreal World Film Festival in 1996
• Arts and Culture Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes in 1996
• Legend Awards at UK Asian Music Awards in 2005 posthumously
• He holds Guinness World Record for the Most Qawwali Recordings
• Time magazine’s issue of 6 November 2006 “60 Years of Asian Heroes” listed him as top 12 artists and thinkers in the last 60 years
• Listed on 14th position in UGO’s list of the best singers of all time in 2008
• Appeared on NPR’s (National Public Radio) 50 great voices list in 2010
• Listed in CNN’s list of the twenty most iconic musicians from the past fifty years in 2010
|Family||Father– Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan (Musician)|
Mother– Not Known
Brother– Not Known
Sister– Not Known
Uncle– Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Singer)
|Controversies||• On November 2013, there was a rumour in the media that he is getting a divorce from his first wife Nida and marrying a model, Falak. But, he later clarified that there is nothing truth about it.|
• On 31 December 2015, he was deported from Hyderabad where he was invited to perform on the New Year’s Eve at Taj Falaknuma Palace, this was because Pakistani nationals can only enter India through Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
|Favourite Actor||Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar|
|Favourite Actress||Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone|
|Favourite Musician(s)||Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Amir Hussain Khan, Alla Rakha, Shaukat Ali Khan, Parveen Sultana, Farida Khanum, Ghulam Ali|
|Girls, Affairs and More|
Son– Shazmaan Khan
|Salary||10-12 lakhs/song (INR)|
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”.
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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.
The song “Zaroori Tha” from the album Back 2 Love (2014) became the first original non-film music video from the Indian subcontinent to cross 100 million views on YouTube after two years, and 200 million views within three years of its release. Eventually it reached to 1 Billion views. He is also touring with Leo Twins from Nescafé Basement on a regular basis.
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. 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.
Khan in 2013
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.
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. He performed Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s most memorable qawwali “Tumhe Dillagi” and “Mast Qalandar”, and he also sang “Aao Parhao” there.
Rahat has appeared in five editions 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 7 for “Chhaap Tilak Sab Chheeni”.
In season 9, he sang “Afreen Afreen” along with Momina Mustehsan which has garnered more than 300 million views on YouTube, becoming the first Pakistani song to cross that mark. 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.
Khan at IIFA 2014
He appeared in Coke Studio Pakistan (season 10) where he performed “Sayonee” with Ali Noor and a solo number called Rangreza. Rahat’s latest appearance in Coke Studio was in Coke Studio 2020 where he performed “Dil Tarpe” featuring Zara Madani.
Rahat had appeared in MTV Unplugged (India) in 2016.
In 2018, the daughter of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan said she intended to take legal action against copyright infringement of singers who sing her father’s songs. To this Rahat responded saying he was the adopted successor of Nusrat and doesn’t need anyone’s permission to sing his songs.
In January 2019, Khan was accused of smuggling foreign currency and summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) of Government of India.
List of awards and nominations received by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
|2014||Main Hoon Shahid Afridi||“Malaal”||Song of the Year||Won|
|2016||Bin Roye||“Teray Bina Jeena”||Best Male Playback||Won|
|2017||Yeh Ishq||“Yeh Ishq”||Best TV OST||Nominated|
|2018||Arth 2||“Sanwar De Khudaya”||Best Male Singer||Won|
|2019||Khaani||“Kaisa Yeh Marz Hai Ishq Ishq”||Best TV OST||Won|
|2021||Ehd-e-Wafa||“Sab Ehd-e-Wafa Ke Naam Kiya”||Best TV Soundtrack||Won|
ARY Film Awards
|2014||Zinda Bhaag||“Pata Yaar Da”||ARY Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer||Won|
|2016||Halla Gulla||“Saroor De”||Won|
|2013||Nadamat||“Nadamat”||Hum Award for Best Original Soundtrack||Nominated|
|2015||Sadqay Tumhare||“Sadqay Tumhare”||Won|
Pakistan Media Awards
The Pakistan Media Awards (commonly known as the PMA), are a set of awards given annually for radio, television, film, and theater achievements. The awards are given each year at a formal ceremony.
|2011||Best Male Singer||Won|
UK Asian Music Awards
|2010||N/A||Best International Act||Won|
|2012||International Artist of the Decade|
|Best International Act|
|Bodyguard||“Teri Meri“||Best Selling Download|
The Filmfare Awards are a set of awards that honour artistic and technical excellence in the Hindi-language film industry of India. Rahat has been nominated five times and won one award.
|2010||Love Aaj Kal||“Aaj Din Chadheya”||Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer||Nominated|
|2011||Ishqiya||“Dil To Bachcha Hai”||Won|
|My Name is Khan||“Sajda”||Nominated|
The International Indian Film Academy Awards (also known as the IIFA Awards) are a set of awards presented annually by the International Indian Film Academy to honor both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in Bollywood, the Hindi language film industry. Atif Aslam has won one award, with four additional nominations.
|2006||Kalyug||“Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye”||IIFA Award for Best Male Playback Singer||Nominated|
|2010||Love Aaj Kal||“Ajj Din Chadheya”||Nominated|
|2011||Dabangg||“Tere Mast Mast Do Nain”||Won|
|Ishqiya||“Dil To Bachcha Hai”||Nominated|
Star Screen Awards
The Screen Awards is an annual awards ceremony held in India honoring professional excellence in Bollywood. Atif has won twice.
|2010||Love Aaj Kal||“Aaj Din Chadheya”||Screen Award for Best Male Playback||Won|
|2011||Ishqiya||“Dil To Bachcha Hai”||Won|
Producers Guild Film Awards
|2006||Kalyug||“Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye”||Producers Guild Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer||Nominated|
|2011||Ishqiya||“Dil To Bachcha Hai”||Won|
|Dabangg||“Tere Mast Mast Do Nain”||Nominated|
Mirchi Music Awards
|2010||My Name is Khan||“Sajda”||Best Song in Sufi Tradition||Won|
|Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Dabangg||“Tere Mast Mast Do Nain“||Won|
|2011||Bodyguard||“Teri Meri“||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Back 2 Love||“Rab Jaane”||Indi Pop Song of the Year||Won|
|2016||Sultan||“Jag Ghoomeya“||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|2017||Baadshaho||“Mere Rashke Qamar“||Nominated|
Masala Lifestyle Popular Choice Awards
|2008||Best Asian Concert||Won|
The Musik Awards
|2008||Bharday Jholy||“Bharday Jholy”||Best OST||Won|
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
Big Star Entertainment Awards were presented annually by Reliance Broadcast Network Limited in association with Star India to honor personalities from the field of entertainment across movies, music, television, sports, theater, and dance.
|2010||Dabangg||“Tere Mast Mast Do Nain”||Best Singer||Won|
London Asian Film Festival
|2012||Tamanna||“Koi Dil Mein”||Best Music Talent in a Film||Won|
PTC Punjabi Film Awards
|2013||Mirza – The Untold Story||“Akhiyan”||Best Playback Singer Male||Won|
International Pakistan Prestige Awards
|2017||Actor in Law||“Khudaya”||Best Singer||Nominated|