Pakistani playback and Qawwali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was awarded an honourary degree at Oxford University on Wednesday. He was presented with the degree of Doctor of Music at a ceremony at Oxford University, London on 26 June.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan took to Twitter to post a video message for his fans in which he 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".
Khan was one among the eight people who were conferred with the degree in 2019 and he is expected to perform at the Oxford Town Hall on Thursday.
Earlier, while announcing that Khan would be awarded an honorary degree, the Oxford University had described him 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 varsity had said in a statement.
The Pakistani singer has sung more than 50 title tracks of television serials and over 100 film songs in both Hollywood and Bollywood.
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