Oxford University has announced to confer an honorary degree to the Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
He will be awarded the degree in recognition to his invaluable services to the music field. The event will be held on June 26. The honourary degree will be awarded to seven others for their invaluable services in respective disciplines.
According to the Oxford University management, Khan was born into a family which has become the recognition of South Asian music. He began studying music at the age of seven and has released over 50 albums till date.
The annual event, known as Encaenia, the O Re Piya singer will receive this honour by the university in London. Khan will be introduced 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 fifty albums, performed in numerous high-profile concerts across the world, and amassed a global following, achieving over one billion views online," a statement by the university reads.
It further stated, "He has sung more than fifty title tracks of television serials and over one hundred film songs in both Hollywood and Bollywood."
Khan has performed at numerous concerts across the world. He has also been a playback singer for Pakistani, Bollywood, Hollywood movies and sung title songs for 50 serials.
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