Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
gig at Sheldonian Theatre Oxford
World – renowned Pakistani musician Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is to play a special, one off show at the legendary Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford on Thursday the 25th of May. The nephew of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a man made famous for his success in Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis, Rahat is himself a phenomenon used to playing arena shows around the globe and as such, his presence at the Sheldonian is a real coup for the venue and Oxford itself.
The fundraising concert will be held at 8pm on Thursday 25 May with Khan generously donating the proceeds to support the work of Oxford University’s Faculty of Music. The Faculty plans to use the funds to invest in further concerts that promote Indian Classical Music and musicians from diverse backgrounds. Khan also plans to donate a harmonium played by his celebrated uncle, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and the money raised will help to support the upkeep of this instrument.
Rahat began his career at the age of three, performing and studying under the tutelage of his uncle. Since then he has taken on the responsibility of carrying forward his 600-year-old family legacy by spreading Qawwali to audiences across the globe. He has also gained a vast following through his work in Bollywood and has regularly sold out tours in the UK, the US, the Middle East and India.
Khan will perform alongside The Fusion Project, an ensemble of students from Oxford University brought together by their shared mission to revive and make accessible the beauty of Indian Classical Arts.
The programme will consist of a series of original fusion compositions and qawwalis arranged and produced by Rushil Ranjan, the lead singer and guitarist of the Fusion Project. Along with Khan’s impressive vocals they will feature western vocals, tabla drums and a bansuri. Speaking about the event, University of Oxford Professor Michael Burden said:
“We are delighted to be hosting this event at the University of Oxford; the music of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a force on the international scene, and we are extremely grateful to the student group – The Fusion Project – for involving us in the event.”
Tickets for the show are available from Tigmus and start at £20