Karachi (June 13, 2017) Iconic vocalist and legendary in Ghazal singing Mehdi Hassan’s 5th death anniversary is being observed across the subcontinent today.
Mehdi Hassan was born on July 18, 1927 in Luna, Rajasthan. He represented the 16th generation to a family of traditional musicians.
After the Partition of India Mehdi travelled to Pakistan and in order to cope with the financial hardships transited to being a car and tractor mechanic. Yet his passion refused to die down and his first major break was when sang for Radio Pakistan.
His melodious voice was behind evergreen hits like ‘Patta patta, boota boota’ and ‘Kab ke Bichhare’, In 2010, Lata Mangeshkar and the King of Ghazal came together for Tera Milna in the album Sarhadein.
In 1977, Lata Mangeshkar was so moved by his dulcet vocals during a New Delhi concert that she’s reported to have said, “Aisa lagta hai ke unke gale mein bhagwan boltein hain.”
Jagjit Singh paying homage to his mentor Mehdi Hasan.
Mehdi Hassan lent his voice in more than 300 films and it is said that in all he sang more than 5,000 songs.
Some of the famous films in which his singing was widely appreciated are Dard, Bharosa, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Insaaf Aur Qanoon, Daman Aur Chingari and Aaina.
His last hit number was ‘Aaj tu ghair sahi’ from the film Dahleez. One of his most popular ghazal is ” Roz Kehta hoon bhool jaon.”
A great era of ghazal singing has come to an end with the death of legendary Mehdi Hassan Khan on June 13, 2012.
Mehdi Hassan died of multiple organ failure at the age of 84 in Karachi.