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Mehdi Hassan biography

- June 13, 2012 - Updated 1615 PKT - From Web Edition

KARACHI: Mehdi hasan was born in a small village Luna in Rajasthan India 1927 to a renowned singer of that time, Ustad Azeem Khan.


The family migrated to Pakistan after partition and was hit by financial crisis on their arrival.


Mehdi hasan had to repair bicycles and work as a mechanic to make ends meet but all the hardships were unable to discourage his love of music.

Mehdi Hassan got a chance to sing Ghazals and songs at Radio Pakistan Karachi in 1952, where his uncle Ismael Khan who was established as a music director. He also got a chance to sing for some Karachi made movies but failed to make any progress.


In 1964 his ghazal for a film Farangi, “Golon mein rand bharay” gave him a major break and he never looked back after that. He gave playback to all the film heroes of the 60’s and 70’s.


He was acknowledged as the king of Gazals the world over after singing some of the most memorable Ghazals like “golon mein rang bhare” “daikh tu dil ke jan” and “ranjish hi sahi.


He was not only bestowed with all the highest civil awards in Pakistan but also received the Saigol Award in India in 1979 and the Gorkha Dakhshin Baho Award in Nepal in 1983.


Mehdi Hassan stopped singing in the late 80s due to illness but his world famous Ghazals and evergreen film songs make him immortal in the world of music.

Reader Comments
Mehdi sab- the man who got the signature of GOD in His voice. No days are passing without His songs in my life either by singing,hearing or discussing.

Prakash Annuran
It is unrepearable loss for all ghazal lovers as king of ghazals has left us.However his ghazals will be with us to memmoraze of his great artistic work.

Qazi Asrar (kashmir)
A good way to pay tribute to the legend will be opening an institute in his name. Also entitle the living legend the institutional Sir name 'professor'.

He was a benchmark for quality of voice, simple singing and simple living. It is unfortunate that he was honored with major awards in Pakistan by the Military Dictators.

Today was the last day of SUR in PAK AND HIND

M Akram Khan
It is a GREAT LOSS for PAKISTAN / INDIA and for NEPAL also.

Mehdi Hassan was a great artist.His death has shocked all music lovers.

Realy he was a great singer and will be remembered forever.May Allah rest his

Humaira Langoo
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