LONDON: The University of Oxford has conferred an honorary degree –Doctor of Music– on famed Pakistani singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
He was among eight other individuals to receive honorary degrees from the university on Wednesday. The other recipients were Professor Jennifer Doudna, Professor Andrea Ghez, Professor Shafi Goldwasser, Professor Daniel Kahneman, Mr Yo-Yo Ma, Dr Cyrus Poonawalla and Professor Sir Simon Wessely.
The University of Oxford had described Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as a “Pakistani singer, primarily of Qawwali, a devotional music of the Muslim Sufis”. Recognising the work of Khan the university, in 2017, had named a rehearsal hall after him, the Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Music Room.
Rahat Khan has expressed joy over being recognized by the world famous university. Thanking the varsity for this honor, he said he was proud that his music had touched all corners of the world.
The maestro had started singing at the age of seven and has released over 50 albums, sung more than 50 title songs for TV serials and over 100 movie songs in Lollywood, Bollywood and Hollywood and performed in scores of concerts globally.
He had started receiving training from his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khanin Qawwali. He was an integral part of Nusrat’s Qawwali group.