ApunKaChoice : Bollywood


Rahat Fateh Ali KhanRahat Fateh Ali Khan carves niche in world music
23rd Mar 2007  19.46 IST
By Agencies  

Filling into the shoes of a maestro like Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is no mean task, but this modest young man from Pakistan is not only continuing the legacy of the legendary Sufi singer with absolute elan, he has carved a niche for himself in the global music scene as well.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan , nephew of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan took up the charge of his uncle's Qawwali troupe in 1997 after his untimely demise. Since then he has not looked back.

While his Sufi renditions have left audiences spellbound world wide, his recent forays into Bollywood have resulted in many blockbuster songs.

"Recently I have sung for Himesh Reshammiya in the film Namastey London . It was a very nice experience working with him," he says about his recent Bollywood venture.

"I have also recorded two songs for two upcoming films of Sanjay Gupta . The music in these films is by Anu Malik and Anand Raj Anand," he says.

On his experience in the Indian film industry so far, he says: "Its been a superb experience. Its a good platform for singers like us".

Rahat's "Lagi Tumse Man Ki Lagan" from the film Paap and "Jiya Dhadak Dhadak" from Kalyug have been hugely successful in India. His last song "Naina Thag Lenge" from Vishal Bharadwaj's Omkara last year was also appreciated.

"There is so much talent in India. We have grown up listening to Lataji and Ashaji. Among the new breed Sonu Nigam is excellent," he says about his favourite Bollywood singers.

Being from the Sufi tradition of music, the 33-year-old feels the young generation has a huge responsibility to conserve these ancient musical genres.

"At times we tend to be too westernised. The youth should not forget their roots and help in conserving these traditional musical forms such as sufi music," he says.

Despite all the western influences in Indian music, Sufi music continues to rule, feels the scion of noted Qawwal Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan.

"In all the new music done here, Sufi touch is being used. It was popular among the people and will continue to be so," Rahat says.

Though Rahat is contributing immensely towards popularising Qawwalis and Sufi music as a whole, he has also worked in many prestigious western projects.

He has performed to sold out venues worldwide including the Hollywood Bowl and Central Park. Recently he worked for the music of Apocalypto.

"Westerners are also very good people and they know their music. I enjoyed working in Apocalypto," he says.

When asked about his experience of being a part of the acclaimed film 'Dead Man Walking' in which his uncle Ustad Nusrat collaborated with Tim Robbins, he says: "I was too young then, but we had a good time".

Rahat also loves coming back to India for his projects. "I love the country and the people here. We migrated from India to Pakistan and its feels as if I am coming back home," he says emotionally.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Himesh Reshammiya
Namastey London
Sanjay Gupta
Anu Malik

Now Trending : Salman Khan | Shahrukh Khan | Ranbir Kapoor | Priyanka Chopra Aishwarya Rai | Katrina Kaif | Kareena Kapoor | Priyanka Chopra | Alia Bhatt | Surveen Chawla | New Hindi Movies

Spotted: Shahid Kapoor arrives in Delhi for his wedding
All set for Shahid Kapoor’s wedding on Tuesday
Teaser: Kareena Kapoor’s hot item ‘Mera Naam Mary’ in 'Brothers'
Watch: 'Masaan' song ‘Tu Kisi Rail Si’ captures the beauty of falling in love
Shahid Kapoor’s wedding preparation in full swing; his parents arrive at Gurgaon hotel
Salman Khan’s 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' cleared with UA certificate
Pix: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Varun Dhawan at Baba Siddiqui’s Iftar party
Ranveer Singh celebrates birthday with Deepika Padukone in London?
Happy Birthday, Ranveer Singh: Check out his swag and style!
First Look: Beautiful Pernia Qureshi and Imran Abbas Naqvi in ‘Jaanisaar’
Check out: Richa Chadda turns on the heat in ‘Cabaret’
Pix: Hrithik Roshan, Sonam Kapoor shoot evergreen romantic song ‘Dheere Dheere Se’ in Turkey
Will Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan hug at Baba Siddiqui’s Iftar party today?
Varun Dhawan starts shooting for ‘Dishoom’ with John Abraham
Whoa! Shahid Kapoor is looking seriously hot before his wedding
Pix: Meet the ‘Welcome Back’ gang comprising John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar


ECARDS > Valentines Day, New Year, Diwali, Birthday, Valentines, Love, Christmas
CardWeaver.com > Birthday, Holi


celebs wallpapers the celeb A-Z
who's in Freida Pinto | Anushka Sharma | Katrina Kaif | Deepika Padukone | Ranbir Kapoor | Dev Patel | Aishwarya Rai | Abhishek Bachchan | Imran Khan | Shahrukh Khan | Salman Khan | Aamir Khan | Hrithik Roshan | Akshay Kumar | Zayed Khan | Saif Ali Khan | John Abraham | Shahid Kapur | Kareena Kapoor | Vidya Balan | Priyanka Chopra | Rani Mukherjee | Mallika Sherawat | Bipasha Basu | Preity Zinta | Kajol | Neha Dhupia | Sameera Reddy | Juhi Chawla | Karisma Kapoor | Madhuri Dixit | Chitrangada Singh | Payal Rohatgi | Sneha Ullal | Mahima Chaudhary | Meghna Naidu | Rakhi Sawant | Bhumika Chawla | Lisa Ray | Dimple Kapadia | Ayesha Takia | Dia Mirza | Sushmita Sen | Amisha Patel | Esha Deol | Amrita Rao | Amrita Arora | Genelia D'Souza | Arjun Rampal | Amitabh Bachchan | Vivek Oberoi | Raima Sen | Riya Sen | Rekha | Rimi Sen | Nigar Khan | Tanushree Dutta | Yana Gupta | Shilpa Shetty | Celina Jaitley | Sonam Kapoor | Neha Oberoi | Nisha Rawal | Manjari Fadnis | Kamal Haasan | Rajnikant | Asin | Sanjay Dutt | Shahid Kapoor | Sherlyn Chopra | Farhan Akhtar | Prachi Desai | Mandira Bedi | Shahana Goswami | Konkona Sen Sharma | Kangana Ranaut | Mugdha Godse | Masumeh Makhija | Minissha Lamba | Nandana Sen | Malaika Arora | Shweta Kumar | Namitha | Kalki Koechlin | Mahi Gill | Shakeela | Lara Dutta | A R Rahman | Trisha | Shruti Haasan | Neetu Chandra | Shriya Saran | Padma Lakshmi | Emma Watson | Kelly Clarkson | Britney Spears | Anne Hathaway | Anjana Sukhani | Tila Tequila | Soha Ali Khan | Priyamani | Sonal Chauhan | Vaishali Desai | Jackky Bhagnani | Kristen Stewart | Robert Pattinson | Neil Nitin Mukesh | Shiney Ahuja | more...