Honorary award for global star
International Punjabi singer and Bollywood star Gurdas
Maan has received an honorary degree from the University of
The global icon received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music
at a ceremony at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre yesterday.
(Tuesday, 7 September).
The honorary degree was presented by the School of Sport,
Performing Arts and Leisure in recognition of his considerable
contribution to popular music.
At the ceremony, Gurdas said: “This is an emotional moment for
me. I accept this honour on behalf of the millions of fans and
listeners of my music across the world. I would like to thank
everybody here today and especially the people of Wolverhampton,
who have shown me so much love and respect over the years.”
Dean of the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, John
Pymm, said: “The University is absolutely delighted that Gurdas
Maan has made time in his very busy international touring schedule
to receive an honorary doctorate. Gurdas’ contribution to music is
immense and he is a real inspiration for our students.”
With a career spanning over 25 years, Gurdas Maan has become the
most prolific and recognisable Punjabi singer in the world today.
He has produced over 30 albums and written over 200 songs. He has
played a major role in promoting Asian culture at an international
level, and his songs portray real life issues and appeal to people
of all ages and backgrounds.
His ability to sing, write his own lyrics and perform on stage
has made him one of the most versatile and successful artists ever.
He has toured the globe, performing in the USA, Canada, Middle
East, New Zealand, Hong Kong, UK, Italy, Greece, Denmark, France,
Norway and Australia. His stage shows are packed with energy, and
his music, whilst infused with eastern and western flavours,
remains quintessentially Punjabi.
On other fronts, Gurdas Maan has also starred in blockbuster
Bollywood films and has received numerous awards, including the
Jury’s Award, presented to him by the President of India in
Gurdas Maan is one of an exclusive handful of Indian artists who
has consistently filled the largest and most prestigious venues in
the UK, including the Wembley Arena, NEC (LG Arena) and will
perform for the first time in the Royal Albert Hall in 2011.
Picture: Gurdas Maan
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Date Issued: Wednesday, 08 September 2010