Don’t need permission to sing late Nusrat Fateh Ali’s Qawwalis: Rahat: KARACHI: Renowned musician Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said Sunday night he did not require permission from anyone to sing the Qawwalis of his late uncle, legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Geo News reported.
Don’t need permission to sing late Nusrat Fateh Ali’s Qawwalis: Rahat
When asked if he does or would require permission to sing the Qawwalis of the late maestro, Rahat Fateh Ali said: “I’m the successor and the adopted son of my Ustad and Uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Why would 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,” he added.
Noting that Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali was also an integral part of his upbringing, Rahat explained that no permissions had been necessary even back “when my father Ustad Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan recited [the] 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.”
Earlier, on Saturday, the daughter of late Qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali had asserted that she intended to take legal action against anyone involved in the copyright infringement of the maestro’s songs.
“I am the sole heir of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and the copyrights of my father’s songs are only with me,” Nida Nusrat, the daughter, had said while addressing a news conference at the Lahore Press Club on Friday.
“If anyone wants to sing my father’s songs, they need to seek permission from me,” she stressed.
She also mentioned that Khokar Productions, a company involved in the infringement of copyrights, had been sent a legal notice.
Responding to a question as to whether she would also take legal action against Rahat Fateh Ali Khan who sang Nusrat’s songs for Bollywood, Nida said, “Rahat is my brother and I will not take any action against him.”
“A lot of people spread rumours that Rahat and I are married but there is no truth in that,” she added. “Coincidentally, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s wife is my namesake.”
She continued, “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.