ISLAMABAD, Jun 5 (APP):A renowned Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has said that he do not need any permission to sing what belongs to his family as he is the successor (Janasheen) and the adopted son of my Ustad and Uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan when questioned by media that you would be required permission to sing
Qawalis of your uncle Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the maestro replied, ” I’m the successor of my Uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Why will I need any permission.”
This has never been the scenario in history and legacy of our family which has a rich heritage of over 600 years in the field of Qawali and Sufi music.
When my father, Ustad Farrekh Fateh Ali Khan and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan recited qalams of my Dada Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and other members of our family, no permissions were seemed, adding “We are a family that everything belongs to us as a family and we have never been divided.”
When further questioned about him keeping the legacy alive, “Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan” quoted,
“I have kept this family tradition of ours alive since I was made the successor by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan over 20 years ago.”
I have taken the torch of this families tradition unconditionally, not seeing whether it is day or not, a flight or a journey of a day long and lot more including performing for days and weeks initially when both my father and my Ustad had passed away, I as Rahat Ali Khan was there to take my families name forward. I know how hard it has been. If you see that I have taken my families name and performed at the Noble Peace Prize, in fact I was the headline performer there, I have performed at the United Nations General Assembly, I have a music room named after me at the Oxford University Music faculty. Which name is attached with me apart from mine, it’s my families name and legacy which I’m carrying and as a tradition, tomorrow my brother and son will carry it as well.
“I have one of the best teams and management who have taken the name of our family globally at a time when Qawali is nearly forgotten I have a world tour this year which is dedicated only to Qawali.”
Maestros Producer & Promoter, Salman Ahmed added,” there have been many golden voices such as of Mohammed Rafi Sahib, Kishore Kumar Sahib, Jagjit Singh Ji and many others but at times forgotten as no one is there to keep it alive with devotion and endless hard work.
In this case, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has kept the flame of this family alive by relentlessly performing across the globe, thus till date Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is remembered on daily basis as his name is taken and kept alive by his son and successor, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who does not see anything else but to keep the family tradition alive.