Homage to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is one of Bollywood’s most prolific composers. Born in 1974 in Pakistan and living there, he studied under the tutelage of his famous uncle, the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a singer of  the devotional music of theSufis, called Qawwalis. Rahat, a renowned Qawwali singer in his own right, has gifted Bollywood with  indelible melodies.

Two years ago I bought tickets to his concert in Queens, NY, at the Golden Center, didn’t even know who he was, just out of curiosity and I remember walking out in a  glorious daze. One of the most beautiful concerts I have been to.  I had no idea how many songs he composed for film, until I googled him. The audience seemed to know every song he played and  they swayed and clapped to the rhythm of the songs. By the time he started playing the devotional music, they got up on their feet and you could feel everyone going into a collective trance. The same year A.R Rahman toured and I got tickets to his show too, big glam spectacular show, but couldn’t come close in intensity to Rahat Fateh’s simple but magical performance. I don’t know why I am thinking about that concert tonight. So I thought let me make a note here in my blog and post a few of his wonderful music clips. I hope he is coming back to NY soon.

from the movie Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, with Abhishek and Preity Zinta

from the movie Aaja Nachle with Madhuri Dixit, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kunal Kapoor,

Teri Ore from the movie Singh is King with Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif

Rabba from Mein aur Mrs. Khanna, with Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor

from Mere Brother Ki Dulhan with Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif

and last: this is an example of the devotional music he plays so beautifully

Koi Umeed Bar Nahi Aati


Bollywood film soundtracks

Year Film Song Notes
2003 Paap Laal (Alaap)
Mann Ki Lagan
2004 Ishq Qayamt Maine Use Dekha Hai
Kisi Roz Milo Hamein Shaam Dhaley
Latter song taken from Lollywood film Mard Jeenay Nahi detay
2005 Kalyug Jiya Dhadak Dhadak
2006 Omkara Naina
2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Bol Na Halke Halke
2007 Om Shanti Om Jag Soona Soona Lage
2007 Namaste London Main Jahaan Rahoon
2007 Aaja Nachle O Re Piya Also used in Malaysian movie, Talentime
2008 Singh Is Kinng Teri Ore
2008 Haal–e–dil Haal-E-Dil
2008 Woodstock Villa Koi Chala Ja Raha Hai
2008 Dil Kabaddi Zindagi Ye Special appearance
2009 Aasma: The Sky Is the Limit Man Bawra
2009 Main Aurr Mrs Khanna Rabba
2009 Billu Barber Jahoon Kahan
2009 Love Aaj Kal Ajj Din Chadheya Winner Star Screen Award for Best Male Playback (2010)
2009 Dekh Bhai Dekh Aankhon Mein Kyon
Sapne Bhaye Hain
2009 Jag Jeondeyan De Mele Jag Jeondeyan De Mele
2009 London Dreams Khwab Jo
2009 De Dana Dan Rishte Nate
2010 Veer Surili Akhiyon Wale & Surili Akhiyon Wale (duet)
2010 My Name Is Khan Sajda Winner Mirchi Music Awards Best song In Sufi Tradition (2011)
2010 Ishqiya Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji Winner Star Screen Award for Best Male Playback(2011)Winner Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer (2011)
2010 Toh Baat Pakki! Phir Se
2010 Lahore Ore Bande
2010 Badmaash Company Fakeera
2010 Virsa Mein Tenu Samjhawan
2010 I Hate Luv Storys Bahara
Bahara (Chill Version)
2010 Milenge Milenge Ishq Ki Gali
2010 Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Tum Jo Aaye
Tum Jo Aaye (reprise)
2010 We Are Family Ankhon Mein Neendein
2010 Dabangg Tere Mast Mast Do Nain Winner BIG Star Entertainment AwardsBest Singer (2010)Winner Mirchi Music AwardsBest Male Vocalist (2011)Winner 2011 IIFA Awards Best Male Vocalist (2011)

Winner Apsara Award for Best Playback Singer (2011)

2010 Anjaana Anjaani Aas Pass Khuda
2010 Aakrosh Man Ke Matt
2010 Knock Out Khushnuma Sa Ye Roshan Ho
2011 Yamla Pagla Deewana Chadha De Rang
2011 Satrangee Parachute Teri Lori Yaad hai
2011 Good-Bye Chimpanzee Saari Duniya Rabba Nu
2011 Ready Meri Ada Bhi
2011 Khap Aaina Dekha
2011 Bodyguard | Teri Meri
Teri Meri (Reprise)
2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Isq Risk
2011 Mausam Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye
2011 Aazaan Affreen (reprise)
2011 Miley Naa Miley Hum Nazar Se Nazar Na mile
2011 I am singh Kya jeena, Doorie hai

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