More than a decade back, Pakistan’s music industry was rocked by world renowned musicians like Noor Jehan, Mehndi Hassan, and lastly the great Ustad, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Surely, all of these people had made us mad with
their heavenly voices and their ability to mesmerize their listeners with heart touching lyrics. Yet there is one out of these who have not only made the nation proud by their work, but have left their marks in shape of their students and followers.
Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan had his nephew, Rahat, son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan, made it to the stage with his uncle, the great Ustad, when he was just eleven years old. At an early age Rahat had the teaching of a singer who had
shed tears through his voice.
Rahat started off practicing singing his uncles qawalis’ before he got a break when he sung his debut song, Mann ki Lagan for a Bollywood movie ‘Paap’. His first song made on the top of the charts and gave the descendent of Ustad
Nusrat a break of a life time.
Since then Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been singing songs for the Indian cinema. However, as the Pakistan Drama industry got back into action, Rahat was used as a spark to their advertising. Singing soundtracks for serials like
Thori si Wafa Chahiye, Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishaan, Talluq, Ishq Junoon and Dewanagi etc, Rahat has certainly made us stick us to the television just to hear him sing the start of a serial.
Other than that, Ustad Rahat has acted as the Judge for many Indian and Pakistani reality music shows. He is known as the only singer that knows more to music than his teacher, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This is proved by the
various awards he has won in Bollywood in such a short time. Rahat was awarded the Best Male Singer this year, 2011, by IIFA as well.
Rahat has also been perform in collaboration with Coke Studio, Michael Brooks, Shafqat Amanat Ali and many other international artists to produce music up to his best.
Although he has gained more fame from Indian cinema, whenever he performs a memorial concert to his teacher, all the boundaries collapse and people from all cultures and all sects join in just to hear him out replicating what the
great one had once sung.
Undoubtedly, Rahat has proved himself worthy of being taught by the world’s best ever singer. However, Rahat says this himself that he would never be able to reach up to a level where his uncle, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan stood.