Rahat Fateh Ali Khan receives big honour at Oxford University

Published 13 Jul, 2016 11:56am

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The popular qawwal/Sufi singer also got to perform at one of Europe's oldest music rooms

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, all smiles at Oxford University
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, all smiles at Oxford University

After years of concerts and movie soundtracks, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan went back to school.

And not just any school. Rahat was at Oxford yesterday to receive an honorary shield from the world-famous university.

Rahat adds an honour from Oxford University to his growing collection
Rahat adds an honour from Oxford University to his growing collection

He also performed at one of the university's most historic venues, the Holywell Music Room.

Rahat performs at Oxford University
Rahat performs at Oxford University

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."

He received quite the warm reception when he arrived:

Rahat's performance was part of a pre-planned jamming session with the Fusion Project, an ensemble of students from Oxford University who strive to revive and make accessible the beauty of Indian Classical Arts, reports Asian Image.

Read more: It used to be scary - Rahat on learning to sing from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

The Fusion Project's latest track was a mash-up of Eddie Vedder’s 'Hard Sun' and 'Allah Hoo', one of the most iconic tracks from the repertoire of Rahat's legendary uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. So it's no surprise that the budding musicians were thrilled to have Rahat there to sing with them.

A tabla player touches Rahat's feet as a token of his respect and admiration
A tabla player touches Rahat's feet as a token of his respect and admiration