Iconic Pakistani singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been bestowed with an honorary degree from the world renowned Oxford University. The prestigious ceremony took place on Wednesday in Oxford. An international music star, Qawwali singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was presented with the degree of Doctor of Music, as announced by the university previously.
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said: “I am honoured to be accepting this degree from Oxford University, a world famous educational institution. This is a very special day for my family and I, but also for my fans, who have shared this journey with me. To be presented with this honour is a massive achievement and I am happy that my music has allowed me to reach such incredible heights.”
On receiving his honorary doctorate, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is set to perform at Oxford Town Hall later today (Thursday 27 June). The special evening will mark the occasion with a stellar performance of Qawwalis by Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, as well as explore his family legacy and look back at his career to date. All profits generated from the event will be used to enhance the Faculty of Music’s Sounds of South Asia series.
Oxford University have previously recognised the work of Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan by naming one of their prestigious music halls after the maestro. He carries the torch for a family which has a rich cultural history in music, a heritage which includes over 600 years in Sufi and Qawwali music folklore, initially made famous in modern pop culture but Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the uncle of Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. In recent times Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has won numerous globally recognised awards, performed for the British royal family at Buckingham Palace, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and amassed over 1 billion views on his music videos.
Fans have been reacting to the news, ever since it was announced, heaping praise and congratulations to the award winning singer.
The iconic singer shared this video on his social media after receiving the honour.