Oxford University to award honorary degree to Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Pakistan’s Sufi maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will be awarded an honorary degree by the University of Oxford at a ceremony called ‘Encaenia’ on June 26.
The Sufi singer is among eight people who will be awarded honorary degrees at the ceremony.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the university described Khan as a “Pakistani singer, primarily of Qawwali, a devotional music of the Muslim Sufis.”
“Born into a family whose name has become synonymous with South Asian musical tradition, he began formal training at the age of seven and has since released more than 50 albums, performed in numerous high-profile concerts across the world and amassed a global following, achieving over one billion views online,” the statement issued by the university stated.
“Rahat Ali Khan has sung more than 50 title tracks of television serials and over 100 film songs in both Hollywood and Bollywood,” the statement added.
Earlier in 2017, Oxford also named a rehearsal hall named after him — the Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Music Room. This is the first time that a South Asian artist has received such an honour.
Khan is a nephew of world famous Qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He began his career at the age of three, performing and studying under the tutelage of the “King of Qawwali”. Since then, he has taken on the responsibility of carrying forward his 600-year-old family legacy by spreading qawwali to audiences across the globe.