#SundaySounds: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been mesmerising audiences around the globe for over three decades. 

As one of the most popular Bollywood playback singers, he has released over 50 title tracks for TV serials, over 100 film songs and has released dozens of original chart-topping hits.

Having grown up in a musical family in Pakistan – whose hearts and souls were embedded in musical tradition – Rahat Khan is well-known for his Qawwali music and also performs ghazals and other light music. 

Qawwali music is the explosive devotional music of the Sufis of Pakistan and the Indian subcontinent.  It originated in the 10th Century as a blend of Persian and Central Asian poetic, philosophical and religious elements with North Indian musical expression.

He was tutored by his uncle and father from the age of three and performed for the first time at the age of nine.  He started travelling the world from the age of fifteen and gained recognition globally.

His music has captured the imaginations of listeners as far as the West, with Khan contributing to the soundtrack of the 1995 Hollywood blockbuster, Dead Man Walking. 

He also worked on the soundtrack of The Four Feathers, in collaboration with American composer, James Horner.  In 2011, his vocals were featured on the soundtrack of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.   He has performed in the likes of New York, Los Angeles, Spain, Canada, Belgium and Tibet. 

Rahat carries a message of love, peace and spiritualism through his music. . 

With over 7 million fans on Facebook, millions of views on YouTube and a fast growing fanbase on Twitter and Instagram, it’s easy to connect with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan online:

  1. Website: www.rfakworld.com
  2. Facebook: www.facebook.com/RFAKWorld
  3. Instagram: officialrfakworld
  4. Twitter: @rfakworld

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