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Ghazal king Mehdi Hassan passes away
 


June 13, 2012 - Updated 1227 PKT
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KARACHI: Legendary Pakistani ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan passed away after a protracted illness in a private hospital in Karachi on Wednesday, Geo News reported.

 

Only last month, king of ghazal Mehdi Hassan, was discharged from hospital. However, just a day later, he was admitted back due to health problems. This time round though, he hasn't been put on ventilator.

 

Mehdi Hassan's son Arif confirmed the news and added, "My father has been ill for the last 12 years but this year, his condition has deteriorated significantly and in the last one month, he was released from hospital for just one day before being admitted again."

 

Arif Mehdi said that the funeral would take place on Friday, June 15.

 

Mehdi Hassan, who has a huge fan following all over the world, was suffering from lung, chest and urinary tract ailments for the past many years.

 

He was born on July 18, 1927 in a village called Luna in Rajasthan, India into a family of traditional musicians.

 

He was honoured with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, and Gorkha Dakshina Bahu by the Government of Nepal.

 

Mehdi Hassan had his musical grooming from his father Ustad Azeem Khan and uncle Ustad Ismail Khan who were both traditional Dhrupad singers. Hassan started to perform at a young age of eight and sang in more than 325 films.

 

To make both the ends meet Mehdi started working in Chichawatni, in a bicycle shop. He later became a car and diesel tractor mechanic. Despite the hardships, his passion for music didn’t wither and he kept up the routine of practice on a daily basis.

 

The struggle ended when Mehdi Hassan was given the opportunity to sing on Radio Pakistan in 1957, primarily as a thumri singer, which earned him recognition within the musical fraternity.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reader Comments
A GREAT PERSON AND A GREAT LEEGEND, ICON OF GHAZALS,THERE WONT BE ANOTHER LIKE MEHDI HUSSAN,MAY ALLAH GIVE HIS FAMILY TO BEAR THIS SAD MOUMENTS WITH HIS BLESSING, AND ALLAH BLESS HIS SOUL , REST IN PEACE.

IFTIKHAR UK
United Kingdom
RIP Mehdi Hassan, we will miss you. God bless you.

naeem khan
USA
Mehdi Hassan, You are irreplaceable, King of Ghazals. It was my honour to meet with you in Slough in 1972, and then accompnied to a Hanger lane, London Hall for all packed hall of your fans singing concert. Thanks for all the joy, and comfort you gave me, by listening to your ghazals. May Allah rest you in peace.

Farooq Bukhari
United Kingdom
May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace, Ameen.He was a top most Ghazal singer of the sub continent, very well respected and liked in India as well perhaps more in India, people would flock to his shows in thousands whenever he toured outside the country.He has sung some remarkable ghazals.The government should duly honor him.

ali
Canada
he was a great person for Pakistan but now only his ghazals are with us,may all bless his soul and give us once again such an eminent personality

amerfatima
Pakistan
He was the best ghazal singer in the world.

Imran Quraishi
USA
very sad to hear this news.

viney
India
May ALLAH rest his soul. Ameen http://blackshaheen.blogspot.com/2012/06/legendary-ghazal-king-mehdi-hassan.html

Abdullah
Pakistan
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