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“I am the successor and the adopted son of my ustad and uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan”, says Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

World famous Pakistani musician Rahat Fateh Ali Khan says that he does not require any permission from anyone to sing the qawalis of legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, his late uncle, in a recent statement.

“I am the successor and the adopted son of my ustad and uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Why would I need permission?” replied Rahat when he was asked if he does or would require permission to sing the qawalis of the late maestro.

“This has never been the scenario in the history and legacy of our family, which has a rich heritage spanning over 600 years in the field of qawali and Sufi music,” he added.

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The statements came in response to the press conference earlier held by the daughter of late Ustad Nustrat Fateh Ali Khan Nida Nusrat, who warned people for misusing her father’s intellectual property music rights.

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Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan played an integral part in his upbringing, Rahat himself explained that why seeking permissions were not required to be necessary, quoting, “When my father Ustad Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan recited [the] qalams of my dada (paternal grandfather) Ustad Fateh Ali Khan [alongside] other members of our family. 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 my family’s 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 family’s name forward” .

“We are a family, everything belongs to us as a family and we have never been divided,” he stressed adding further that the name which is attached with him apart from his, is the family’s name and legacy which he is carrying and as a tradition, tomorrow his brother and son will carry it as well.

Pakistan’s internationally famed singer concluded his views on a point stating, “I hope this clarifies any ambiguities and the fact that I do not need any permission to sing what belongs to my family and me.”

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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