RAHAT FATEH ALI KHAN in Washington DC for Live Concert 2012 USA Tour


Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in Washington, DC on his 2012 USA Tour (Press Meet)

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Live Concert USA Tour 2012 Washington DCWashington, DC, May 4, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed Qawali, Ghazal, Folk / Sufi and Bollywood singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan arrived in Washington, DC, USA on Thursday to perform live at a concert today at DAR Constitution Hall. This sold-out concert is presented by Manish Sood of Intense Entertainment, and is part of Khan sahab's 2012 North American tour.

Khan sahab met with representatives of the media after his arrival at Bombay Tandoor banquet hall in Vienna, Virginia. Over a dynamic interactive session with journalists, he gave in to relentless audience demand, and sang a couple of lines from his super-hit song Tere Mast Mast Do Nayan from the Bollywood film Dabangg starring Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. Even these couple of lines were enough to send us all present at the venue into ecstasy.

Listen to Khan Sahab talk about how contemporary Bollywood music directors have brought back long-lasting appeal of film songs - he cites the example of his famous "Lagi Tum Se Man Ki Lagan" song (Download "60 Years of Indian Independence" Album in MP3 Format) from the 2003 Hindi film Paap that remains immensely popular even after a decade. Paap also marks Khan Sahab's debut in Bollywood. The film is directed by Pooja Bhatt and stars John Abraham, Udita Goswami, Mohan Agashe and others.

Khan sahab shared glimpses of the story of his journey in music with us. He grew up learning North Indian classical music, and his first public appearance was with a classical vocal performance in England when he was only around 10 years old. He toured with his uncle, the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and also performed Qawali numbers to great reception.

Music knows no boundaries, and Khan Sahab says he loves to perform in any place in any country where the audience loves him - be it in Pakistan, Hindustan (India), Bangladesh, some place in Europe or the United States.

In a light-hearted moment, Khan Sahab reveals secrets of his diet that allow him to maintain his magical voice.

The press meet closed with journalists busily clicking away their cameras during a photo-shoot session. Might we also say the food at Bombay Tandoor, which is always extraordinary, somehow took on an additional delicious dimension that evening, perhaps due to the imminent presence of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan who arrived shortly after dinner due to a delayed flight.