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Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nephew and successor of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s legacy, performed in the capital recently.

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Your uncle referred to you as "my eyes upon the world". Is the legacy burdensome?
He wanted to make Sufi music accessible. I'm trying to do that.

Did you tailor your music for the film Paap?
I recorded the song in 1998. Pooja Bhatt heard it and asked if she could use it.

While popularising your music abroad, have you had to make any compromises?
Not compromise. To take Sufi music to the young generation, we use more beats and ragas.

Your role as a cultural ambassador to India
Sufi music is all about spreading the paigam of love. So my music is ideal for this role.

Your next album?
One with a lot of Arab and Spanish influences.

How much riyaz do you do in a day?
There is never a fixed time.

Who do you look on as your successor?
My younger brother, Wajahat Khan.

What do you think of the new exponents of Sufi music like Rabbi and Kailash Kher?
They're spreading the message of brotherhood.

Why are Bollywood music directors looking to fresh sounds like yours?
Because the tradition has endured for centuries.

Are you interested in playback singing?
I don't think my voice will suit a hero.

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