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12 Surprising Facts About Rahat Fateh Ali Khan That Most People Don’t Know

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan also known as RFAK, started his career as a singer in 1985. Considered to be one of the most popular singers of his era in south asia, Rahat has received a large number of awards and attention for his work. Although he hailed from Pakistan, he’s also sang many songs for Bollywood.

  1. Rahat was born into a family of well-known traditional qawalli musicians and classical singers in Faisalabad Pakistan. He’s the son of Farooq Fateh Ali Khan and the grandson of Fateh ali Khan. Rahat received training in the different genres of classical music carrying his family name forward in the lineage of almost six hundred years old.
  2. Of course Rahat was born into a musical family but not just that he also received training from one of the best, his uncle and one and only Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.                                                                                                         rahat fateh ali khan facts
  3. At the age of seven, he began his formal training with his uncle and from the age of 15, he was made an integral part of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s well-known Qawalli group and toured all over the world with him.
  4. Now moving on to fact number four, all you diehard fans of RFAK, did you know when he did his first ever stage performance? Well the first time he’d performed on stage was at age of nine, when he toured the United Kingdom with his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. In the year 1985 he also performed a couple solo songs besides singing with the qawalli party. After the death of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in 1997, Rahat became the lead singer of the group.                                                                                                                                                    rahat fateh ali khan with nusrat fateh ali khan
  5. His breakthrough record charkha, produced by Rohail Hyatt and released in 2007 was more towards Sufism and established Rahat as one who would carry on the legacy of his family. His recent music productions do have more of a commercialized factor to them. When speaking about the commercialization of his music Rahat said this, ‘you see most of my songs after Charkha are from Bollywood, so there has to be a certain level of commercialization in them but if you take of my album back to love in 2014, almost all the songs have sufi in touch and this is something that you will always find in my music’.
  6. With the movie Papp in 2004, he stepped into the world of Bollywood playback singing with a song Lagi tum se mann ki lagan. Everyone who wasn’t familiar with Rahat before that time fell in Love with his voice from that moment on.
  7. Rahat has since lent his voice to several hit Bollywood songs, from singles to duet to complete soundtracks, he has sung for some of the biggest names in Bollywood including Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan. Talking about some of his favorite composers from modern-day Bollywood, Raj says he enjoys the work of artists like Shankar Mahadevan, Sajid Ali Wajid and Vishal bhardwaj who he believes creates true music
  8. On May 7 2011 RFA K narrowly escaped death when his manager Chitresh Srivastav was Killed in a car accident while travelling from Detroit to Chicago for a show. The car that the manager was driving in crash, flipped several times killing him and injuring four passengers. The accident happened on interstate 94 in Michigan United States. Rahat was not in the car but was on a bus with the rest of the team. Rahat was actually supposed to be in the car but for some reason he got on the bus with the rest of the band. Some are calling it divine intervention but either way that was a close call and rest in peace to his manager.
  9. In terms of his collaborations, Rahat worked in collaboration with Eddie Vedder of the American rock band Pearl Jam and 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 James Horner. In 2006 his vocals were featured on the soundtrack of Mel Gibson’s movie Apocalypto.
  10. Now we’re coming down to the end of this blog post, so the celebration of Pakistan day at the United Nations General Assembly Hall was a huge deal, especially because it was being celebrated for the first time ever. On 23rd of March 2016 during the celebration there was a concert titled Sufi night music of peace, the sole performer there was our RFAK who performed many of his hits. Diplomats from 140 countries were present at the concert and they got to witness his talent! Live and up front was definitely huge occasion for him as well as for Pakistan as a nation
  11. Rahat is also one of two Pakistani artists that were invited to the 2014 Peace Prize to perform at its concert. He performed Nusrat Fateh Ali khan’s song ‘ye dil lagi’ and ‘Mast qalandar’. Talking to the media afterwards RFAK said that it’s a moment of pride to represent his country internationally and he will keep on making efforts to make his country proud.
  12. And finally Rahat, who’s known for performing at both public and private events said that security concerns caused problems when trying to hold public music concerts in Pakistan. He said that there’s a lot of problems that don’t allow artists to perform in live settings in fact, security is a prime reason why you don’t see him participating in many music festivals that have popped up around the country over the past several years. A major complaint that he has with the government of Pakistan is the lack of support of music in general which of course affects Pakistani musicians. Rahat believes that Pakistan has an abundance of musical talent and speaking about this issue, his manager said Pakistan has so much talent but unfortunately the government is not doing anything to bring them to the forefront because we’re too lost in current affairs
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