Born in Lyallpur, Pakistan, in 1974, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was inducted into his familys tradition of qawwali and Sufi music at a very tender age. He learned the nuances and complexities of Sufi devotional music from his internationally acclaimed uncle Nusrat Fateh. Rahat performed in public at the age of nine, then became a member of the Nusrat entourage and was noticed for his solo pieces in international concerts.
He contributed towards the music of the Sean Penn movie Dead Man Walking and his debut in the 2004 Indian film Paap catapulted him to stardom. He has countless hit songs and innumerable awards.
The core of his talent stems from his traditional classical training and from the sublime ethos of Sufi music. The rich texture of his voice coupled with the emotional depth of his music captivates the collective soul of his fans, and with each passing year Rahat Fateh Ali Khan improves and his music surmounts any regional, political or linguistic boundaries.