Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan was a legendary musician from Pakistan belonging to the family of the great Pakistani singer and musician – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Farrukh was the younger brother of Nusrat, the great singer and composer who was equally loved by Indians and Pakistanis. Farrukh’s son is now one of the most sought playback singers of Hindi film industry – Rahet Fateh Ali Khan, who is better known as the nephew of the legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Farrukh was a legendary player of the harmonium in Qawwali, who was also a singer. Both Farrukh and his son Rahat Fateh Ali Khan made the Bollywood debut together in 2003 through the film – Paap as playback singers. But Farrukh died soon after the release of the film.
Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan was born on December 25, 1952 in the famous family of Qawwali musicians in Pakistan as the son of Fateh Ali Khan. He was the younger brother of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Farrukh played the lead harmonium and also accompanied in vocals for his elder brother. Their father didn’t want them to continue with the family tradition of Qawwali as he felt qawwali singers have low social status. However his children proved it wrong and they popularized this form of music across the borders, years after their father’s death.
He had the talent to play harmonium in all scales and arguably one of the best harmonium players. However his talents as an accomplished harmonist were overshadowed by the singing power of his elder brother. He also partially composed many of the songs sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Following the unexpected death of Nusrat in 1997 at a comparatively young age, Fateh Ali Khan took over the leadership of the party as the leading vocalist. Together they carried forward the legacy.
In 2003, both made their Bollywood debut as playback singers through the directorial debut of Pooja Bhatt, Paap. Both recorded the song “Laal (Alaap)" composed by Shahi. It was perhaps for the first time in Bollywood, a father and his son made their singing debut through a single song. Rahat also sang the popular song, "Man Ki Lagan" for the movie, which catapulted him to instant fame. Very soon he ‘almost’ filled the void of his versatile uncle in Bollywood with the matching voice he had. Farrukh sang only one song for Bollywood, as he passed away soon after the release of the album.
Updated: April 24, 2016