Published On: Thu, Jul 14th, 2016

RAHAT FATEH ALI KHAN honored by OXFORD UNIVERSITY

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Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been awarded with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by prestigious Oxford University. Currently on a tour of the United Kingdom, Khan was invited by the university to the Holy Hall academy where he received the award.

“The ‘Holywell Music Room’ is the oldest music room of Europe, made in the 17th century, which was specially opened up for Khan sahab,” shared his PR rep. “The biggest composers and musicians of the UK & Europe of the last three centuries have made music in that room. It’s historically a very prestigious place,” local media reported.

The Pakistani singer also performed with singers from the institute and also with the fusion project. Fusion project comprises of a group of students who wish to revive Indian classical art and make it accessible.

In a Twitter message, Rahat said that he is honored to receive award from Oxford University. Rahat said that he misses his mentor Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. With this honour, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has become first Pakistani to receive this award, earlier Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan recieved this award.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a Pakistani singer, primarily ofQawwali, a devotional music of the Muslim Sufis. He is the nephew of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan and also the grandson of Qawwali singer Fateh Ali Khan. In addition to Qawwali, he also performs ghazalsand other light music. He is popular as a Bollywood and Lollywood playback singer.

Rahat was chosen by his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for tutoring in the traditions of Qawwali music and was singing with his uncle and father by the age of three. At the age of seven he began formal training with his uncle and he performed first time in public at the age of nine at the death anniversary of his grandfather. From age fifteen, he was made an integral part of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s well-known qawwali group. He toured the UK with his uncle in 1985, and performed solo songs in addition to singing with the Qawwali group. At a concert in Birmingham on 27 July 1985, he performed the solo ghazal, Mukh Tera Sohneya Sharab Nalon Changa Ae. At a concert at the Harrow Leisure Centre in 1985, he performed the solo song, Gin Gin Taare Lang Gaiyaan Rattaan. He sang Bollywood playback in the 90s and debuted as a playback singer in Bollywood with the movie Paap (2004), featuring the hit song, Mann Ki Lagan. His recent works include Pakistani nationalistic songs such as Dharti Dharti and Hum Pakistan, and songs from Bollywood films. He has performed in Pakistan, India, United Kingdom and other countries. In April 2012 Rahat toured in the UK, performing at Wembley Arena and the Manchester Arena, playing to a combined audience of over 20,000 people.

In a subordinate role with his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, working in collaboration with Eddie Vedder, of the American rock band, Pearl Jam, Rahat contributed to the soundtrack of the 1995 Hollywood film, Dead Man Walking. In 2002, he worked on the soundtrack of The Four Feathersin collaboration with the American composer of orchestral and film music, James Horner. In 2002, Rahat guested with The Derek Trucks Band on the song Maki Madni for Trucks’ album, Joyful Noise. In 2011, his vocals were featured on the soundtrack of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.

He judged the show, Chhote Ustaad 2 alongside Sonu Nigam. He was also one of the judges on the singing reality show Junoon – Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka, premièred on NDTV Imagine in 2008.

Rahat became the first Pakistani to be invited at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, to perform at its concert. He performed Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s most memorableqawwali “Tumhe Dillagi…” and “Mast Qalandar…”, he also sang “Aao Parhao – Jo Seekha hai woh sab ko seekhao”

Pakistan Day was celebrated for the first time at the United Nations General Assembly Hall on 23 March 2016. At the occasion a concert titled “Sufi Night: Music of Peace” was organized. The sole performer at the concert was Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Diplomats from 140 countries were present in the concert.

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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