Mehdi Hassan’s Early Life
Mehdi Hassan born in Luna village, Jhunjhunu district, Rajasthan, India on July 18, 1927 and migrated to Pakistan in 1947 at the time of partition. At the time of migration to Pakistan, Hassan was 20 years old. Hassan faced lots of ups and downs in his life. To fulfil the day to day household necessities, he had to work in a bicycle shop later as a car and diesel tractor mechanic. In spite of all hardship, the young enthusiast didn’t leave the passion of music. Basically, the maestro belonged to a musician family. He gave his first performance in 1935 along with his elder brother in the then undivided Punjab. It was due to his fervour passion for music that made him the Emperor of Ghazal. The Ghazal maestro got initial musical training from his father Ustad Azeem Khan and uncle Ustad Ismail Khan. They are the person who groomed him.
Mehdi Hassan’s Popularity
The Indian-born Ghazal maestro has millions of fans not only in India and Pakistan yet across the world. The legend will always be in the heart of people due to his golden voice and powerful melody such as ‘Patta patta, boota boota’ and ‘Kab Ke Bichhare’. He gave his voice for many films of Pakistan. The period of 60s and 70s were dominated by Hassan and his style of Ghazal. Lata Mangeshkar once said that Mehdi Hassan’s songs were ‘Voice of God’. Mehdi Hassan is popularly known as Khan Sahib. He is accredited with Shahenshah-e- Ghazal
Mehdi Hassan and Awards
Mehdi Hassan was the King of Ghazal due to his melodious voice. The legend singer was honoured with many awards by different countries. The Indian Government awarded him with KL Saigal Sangeet Shehenshah award. The Government of Pakistan honoured him with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance. He was also awarded with the highest civilian award of Pakistan i.e. Nishan-e-Imtiaz. The Gorkha Dakshina Bahu award was given by Nepal Government. Many times, he was given ‘Nigar Award’ for Best Male Playback Singer for many films.
Mehdi Hassan’s Music’s
Mehdi Hassan’s music is not confined to a peripheral boundary, yet it has touched by millions and millions people across the world. Hassan’s first song was Jisne Mere Dil Ko dard Diya for the film Susral in 1962. Due to his ill-health, he has to refrained himself from singing. He hardly sung after late 1980’s due to his lung’s problems. The singer’s last performed in Indian in 2001. He had credited with many melodious songs and ghazal. His songs touched everybody.
Top Songs of Mehdi Hassan
Mehdi Hassan is having one of the best melody voices. Due to his melody ghazals, he was known as King of Ghazal. Though, he is credited with lots of ghazals and songs. Some of the best and most powerful songs of Mehdi Hassan are:
- Arz-e-Niyaz is outstanding one.
- Hosh-e- Hasti is the soothing title.
- Rafta Rafta Woh Meri Hasti Ka Saamaan Ho Gaye touched the soul.
- Shola Tha, Jal Bhujha Hoon is the classical and memorable one.
- Yeh Dhuaan Sa Kahan mesmerise everybody.
- Patta patta, boota boota
- Kab Ke Bichhare
Mehdi Hassan’s Death
Mehdi Hassan, the Ghazal legend died on June 13 at 12.22 PM, 2012 at Agha Khan Hospital in Karachi due to multiple organ failures. The melody king, 84, was on ventilator and had been in critical condition. Due to severe lung problem, the Ghazal King made less stage appearances and also lessened his recordings since 1980s. His lungs and chest diseases continue to haunt him for 12 years.