Oscar-winning Bollywood composer AR Rahman’s daughter Khatija Rahman stunned the audience with her soulful performance at Dubai Expo 2020.
Khatija, who is often bullied online for covering herself, performed her kalam Farishton at the world fair on the 20th. However, the news of the performance didn’t make it to social media until her father, AR Rahman, shared it online.
Many big names from the music industry congratulated Khatija for her stellar performance under the post
On Choosing to Wear a Burqa: Several times, the 23-year-old has stated that covering herself is her own choice. Regardless, people often believe that it is her father who has forced Khatija to cover herself. Last year, Khadija’s clothing became a subject of great discussion online, and so, to clear the air, her father, AR Rahman, responded by saying that her daughter” finds her freedom” in her decisions and he is”awestruck” by her simplicity.
Before her performance at Dubai Expo 2020, Khatija said that for now, she is looking forward to carving her destiny beyond her father’s immense fame. She says, “I’m still finding myself, and I hope there is a day when I’m just defined by my name. That’s what I’m craving. I spoke to many people who said it’s very normal to go through that existential crisis – like, what am I doing? Am I doing enough”
Farishton was first recorded and released in 2020 on the video-sharing platform YouTube with an animated video that can be seen playing behind the orchestra while Khatija performs.
AR Rahman has three children, Khatija Rahman, Rahima Rahman, and A.R. Ameen.
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