Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, a well-known Pakistani playback singer, and musician from a family of Sufi singers and Qawwal, is also a very familiar name in India. His art has transcended the boundaries of nations to reach billions of people. Grandson of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and nephew of Ustad Sufi singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab, didn't just live under the shadows of these maestros. Instead, he has managed to make a name for himself with his music that resonates with people across generations.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan began his training in music under his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Some of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's best songs were megahits and are still popular among music fans. He gave his first public performance at nine, endowed with a deep voice and great vocals. 'Mann ki Lagan' from the movie 'Paap' was his first Bollywood venture.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has also appeared on Indian singing reality shows such as 'Chhote Ustad' and 'Junoon'. He is the first Pakistani singer to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in 2014.
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Today, on the occasion of his 47th birthday, let us look back at some of his iconic works in Bollywood.
Mann Ki Lagan (Paap)
'Mann Ki Lagan' from the film 'Paap' is a song that people still love to hum. This beautiful shot song became more special with Rahat Fateh's vocals.
O Re Piya (Aaja Nachle)
This is not just a song, but an entire story in itself. Filmed on breathtaking Madhuri Dixit, this song is beautifully sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and is a delight to hear and watch.
Jiya Dhadak Dhadak (Kalyug)
It is hard to find someone who doesn't know about this song. Known for his lofty vocals, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan went soft for this love anthem and we can't get enough of it.
Main Jahaan Rahoon (Namastey London)
This song is where you can enjoy those high-pitched vocals Rahat Fateh is known for. His voice perfectly complements Himesh Reshammiya's music and is an absolute treat to your ears.
Sajdaa (My Name Is Khan)
This song won the Mirchi Music Awards for 'Best Song in Sufi Tradition' in 2011 and it wouldn't have been the same if not for how beautifully Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has sung it.
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (Ishqiya)
Rahat Fateh won the Star Screen Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 2011 and the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 2012 for this song. Give it a listen and you'll know why.
Aas Paas Khuda (Anjaana Anjaani)
This is less of a song and more like therapy. Whenever you are feeling low, let this song fill you up with motivation. Rahat Fateh's vocals give life to this beautiful song.
Jag Soona Lage (Om Shanti Om)
'Jag Soona Soona Lage' is a musical number from Om Shanti Om and is the iconic heartbreak anthem of this generation.