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News |  22 May 2018 17:47 |  By Namrata Kale

I selected 'Allah Tero Naam' as it gives the message of peace: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

MUMBAI:1961 song Allah Tero Naam, does give goosebumps with the depth the song carries within itself. One does reminiscence this track, especially on patriotic days. The original version of Allah Tero Naam was sung by the legendary Lata Mangeshkar while now the Pakistani artist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has paid a tribute to the Lag Jaa Gale fame singer with a recreation of Allah Tero Naam.

“I selected this song because it gives me the message of peace. It gives a message of unity. Music to the recreated version has been given by one of my students from the Oxford University. When they played the song I felt really nice. Antra joh hain jaisa originally antra create gaya tha vaisa nahi tha woh usko usi scale mein rehke kia hai. It took us a lot of time to get hold of the song, also people who have created the original version of it are truly legends. It took us a lot of time to get hold of the song,” states the singer.

Khan happens to have a music room at the Oxford University and does give music lessons there. “For this recreation fusion project, students from the Oxford University have collaborated with me. It feels nice to see that these students are doing good. Also, they come from different parts of the world. Every new artist shares his/her music here, so this is what the collaboration is about. This track speaks about unity and uniting all the artists coming from different parts of the world.”

As Allah Tero Naam’s original track has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar, we were curious to know how Lataji inspired Khan. He says, “Unki joh gayki ka andaz hai woh hum seekte rahenge aur  aane wali pidhiyaan bhi unse mustapher hongi aur hoti rahengi, unme se main bhi ek hoon.”

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has received more than one million followers on his YouTube channel more than any other Pakistani artist. To this he adds, “Before sharing anything or commenting get the complete facts on what or how you use social media, also do not judge people.”