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In Concert: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

It was an evening of positivity and light at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday night. Fans came from Toronto and every point in between to enjoy the live sold-out performance from Pakastani singer, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. We were privileged to host the internationally recognized artist in for a night of unforgettable music and memories. The concert was made presented by Surrey businessman and television personality, Kamal Sharma. Kamal has been  responsible for bringing many of the most popular South Asian artists to Surrey and Vancouver.  It was great to be a part of a special cultural music  event made possible by Surrey representatives. Surrey604 was fortunate to be the on-site media for the evening.

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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Live at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Selena was our media host on location with Surrey’s Kamal Sharma of Kamal’s Video Palace for his presentation of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Live in Concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Watch Surrey604’s event coverage video above!


Friends and families met and greeted each other, enjoying each other’s company before the concert.  The buzz was present as fans of all ages chatted about their favorite Rahat songs and the ones they hoped Rahat would perform that night. People lined up in the lobby to have their photo taken as they treated themselves to a commemorative gift for the night. The young and old were united and excited about the evening that was yet to be experienced. The music was definitely in the air.

In Concert: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Rahat and his group performing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Visit Surrey 604’s Facebook page to comment on or tag yourself or friends in our photos.

Following in the footsteps of his Uncle, legendary singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat, keeps Qawwali and Sufi traditions alive, while remaining one of the most popular Bollywood singers. The beautiful stage illuminated when Rahat walked on and began the show, easing the audience with his mesmerizing vocals. He played and sang the traditional Qawwalis as well as some of his other popular Bollywood songs. The homage to the Creator, Allah Hoo, Allah Hoo was powerfully intertwined with beautiful Sufi chants.

Tere Must Must Do Nain brought the audience to their feet while couples danced in the aisle.  High in the balcony seats, fans rejoiced, danced and sang along with Rahat. Rahat’s team of singers were absolutely amazing and the energy of the singers and musicians on stage was infectious. In the middle of Tere Must Must Do Nain, two young ladies made their way to the front of the stage and Rahat, putting their hands together as a gesture of respect to the singer (the song was dedicated to one of the girls). There were moments during the concert that were truly spiritual experiences.

In Concert: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Selena speaks with some excited audience members after the show. Visit Surrey 604’s Facebook page to comment on or tag yourself or friends in our photos.

Rahat’s music breaks barriers, connects people and celebrates life.  At the end of a long day, the show was over and we all felt like we had been a part of something very special and bigger than us. We thank Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for his gift and humbling talent.  Rumour has it that he is likely to come back next year. We know that all his fans will be waiting! If your interest is peaked and you want to discover a new genre, explore Rahat’s captivating voice and musical style.

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Fatima was born and raised in Surrey. She is a yoga fanatic and loves aromatherapy. Her professional experiences are in Community Development, Communications/Marketing, & Human Resources. Fatima has been an active volunteer within the community for several years. With a passion for the creative and a love for the entrepreneurial spirit, Fatima is excited to bring something new to our city.