Fateh Ali Khan was born in the year 1935. He was and still is the most prominent singer of the genre Khayal in classical singing. After the death of Amanat Ali Khan and his later his son Asad Amanat, the Patiala gharana shrank down to a minimum number. The new singers such as Shafqat Amanat Ali are a little more into pop as compared to classical singing and so Fateh Ali Khan is the last important and prominent figure of Patiala gharana. The title of Baray got glued with Fateh Ali after many other singers with the same name started entering the musical industry.
Fateh Ali Khan was the younger brother of Amanat Ali Khan. He had the same powerful voice and practiced in the very same style and way as compared to all members of the gharana. Both the brothers were trained by their father the legend, Akhtar Hussain Khain. Akhtar himself was a very well known classical singer along with being one of the favorites of the Maharaja of Patiala. Fateh Ali Khan’s grandfather was one of the founders of the Patiala gharana. This led to a very nice training for him and his elder brother.
Fateh Ali Khan sang a lot with his brother Amanat Ali. At a very young age of 14 Fateh Ali Khan got his breakthrough. After this, there was no turning back and he climbed up the stair of success quicker than ever. In 1969 the president of Pakistan himself awarded both the brothers with Pride of Performance Medal.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is the nephew of the greatest singer of the millennium, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Rahat has achieved in a short span what took his uncle years to achieve; international recognition. Rahat was a part of Nusrat’s troupe which accompanied him on concert tours. His first solo performance came at the age of 11 years when he was touring Britain with his uncle.
Rahat gained instant fame with his song “Mann ki lagan” for an Indian movie in 2004. Since then he has sung for various Indian movies and has also composed music of some. Ghazal, classical and qawwali; Rahat is a master of all three after all he had the best teacher Nusrat Fateh Ali. Besides Hindi movies, Rahat has also featured in some Hollywood movies; Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto is one of them.In the recent years majority of the songs which were huge hits in Indian movies were sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Over the years, Rahat has attained the perfection with time. His soft melodious voice hypnotizes people and his intense vocals leave you begging for more. Rahat has the power to move people with every note he delivers. Time has brought him fame and success and success has brought him humility; these are the signs of great people.