Iconic Pakistani playback and Qawwali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan received an honorary doctorate degree by the world’s renowned, Oxford University on Wednesday.
The prestigious ceremony took place in Oxford.
The global music star, Qawwali singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was presented with the degree of Doctor of Music, as introduced by the university previously.
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said:
“I am honored to be accepting this degree from Oxford University, a world well-known educational institution. This is a very distinct day for my household and I, but also for my fans, who have shared this journey with me. To be presented with this honor is a massive fulfillment and I am glad that my tune has allowed me to reach such extremely good heights.”
On receiving his honorary doctorate, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan also performed at Oxford Town Hall on Thursday.
Oxford University has in the past recognized the work of Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan by naming one of their prestigious song halls after the maestro.
He incorporates the torch for a household which has a rich cultural history in music, a heritage which includes over 600 years in Sufi and Qawwali music folklore, initially made well-known in modern-day pop subculture by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the uncle of Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
In recent years, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has gained several globally known awards, performed for the British royal family at Buckingham Palace, carried out at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and accrued over 1 billion views on his track videos
We’re literally so proud of him!
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17 November, 2019