A leading UK varsity conferred doctorate degree
8th September 2010: Indians in the UK have another reason to cheer. A leading UK University has conferred doctorate degree on renowned Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann in recognition of his contribution to popular music.
The School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure of the Wolverhampton University conferred the honorary degree on Mann (53) in "recognition of his lifelong career in music, promotion of Asian music and traditions and the continual maintenance of his natural talent."
With this, Mann joins a galaxy of artists, including Sir Paul McCartney, Bill Cosby and Bob Dylan who received doctorate from the University.
Mann has written more than two hundred songs, and produced over thirty albums, besides acting.
Expressing appreciation, Mann said he was both touched and thankful for this recognition. Describing it as an honour to Punjab in general and artists of India in particular, Mann said he would continue to entertain audience as in the past.
Dean of the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure of the University, John Pymm said the University was absolutely delighted Mann found time from his busy international touring schedule to receive the honorary doctorate. Mann’s contribution to music was immense and he was a real inspiration for the students.
Leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul is the Chancellor of the University.