I can sing Qawwalis of late Nusrat Fateh being his successor: Rahat Ali


LAHORE: Renowned singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said on Sunday that he do not require permission from anyone to sing the Qawwalis of his late uncle, legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
He remarked, “I’m the successor and the adopted son of my Ustad and Uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Why would I need any permission?” He said, “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.”
Rahet Fateh Ali Khan further said that Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali had a significant part in his upbringing. He remarked that even in the past no permissions had been necessary, “when my father Ustad Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan recited qalams of my Dada (grandfather) Ustad Fateh Ali Khan alongside other members of our family”. “We are a family … everything belongs to us as a family and we have never been divided,” he said. Earlier, on Saturday, the daughter of late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali had declared that she had decided to take legal action against those who have been involved in the copyright infringement of the maestro’s songs.
Nida Nusrat, daughter of Nusrat fateh Ali Khan, said, “I am the sole heir of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and the copyrights of my father’s songs are only with me.” She added, “If anyone wants to sing my father’s songs, they need to seek permission from me.” When asked about taking any legal action against Rahet Fateh Ali Khan for singing Nusrat Fateh AliKhan’s songs, she said, “Rahat is my brother and I will not take any action against him.” She remarked, “A lot of people spread rumours that Rahat and I are married but there is no truth in that. Coincidentally, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s wife is my namesake. Even the information on Wikipedia is incorrect.” She further shared that she had established an institute by the name of ‘The Real NFA’ that will provide a platform for aspiring singers. Furthermore, she also mentioned that Khokar Productions, a company involved in the infringement of copyrights, had been sent a legal notice.