King of Ghazal: Mehdi Hassan Passed Away on 13 June 2012:
India-born Ghazal legend Mehdi Hassan, the melodious voice behind evergreen hits like ‘Patta patta, boota boota’ and ‘Kab ke Bichhare’, died today following multiple organ failure at the age of 84.
Hassan, who had millions of fans in India and Pakistan, had been admitted to the Agha Khan Hospital in the southern port city of Karachi some days ago. He had been in a serious condition and was on ventilator.
“My father passed away at 12:22 PM after a long battle against different ailments,” his son Arif Hassan said.
Hundreds of fans gathered at the hospital on learning of his death.
Hassan was born into a family of traditional musicians at Luna village in India’s Rajasthan state in 1927. His family migrated to Pakistan at the time of Partition in 1947.
Hassan cut back on his performances in the late 1980s due to illness.
Prime Minister Gilani expressed grief and sorrow at the death of Hussan. In a message, he said Hassan was “an icon who mesmerised music lovers not only in Pakistan but also in the subcontinent for many decades.”
Hassan, who last performed in India in 2000, wanted to visit the country again, a dream which remained unfulfilled.
Arif had even received the visa in April for Hassan’s treatment in an Indian hospital but they could not travel as singer’s condition deteriorated.
Considered one of the most successful ghazal singers of Pakistan, Hassan was trained in classical music by his father Ustad Azeem Khan and his uncle Ustad Ismail Khan who were both well respected classical musicians.
Ustad Mehdi Hassan, Also known as Khan Sahib & King of ghazal’ (Urdu: شہنشاہِ غزل)
Born July 18, 1927 (age 84) Luna, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, India
Genres Classical music, Ghazal, Playback singing
Occupations Singer, Composer
Years active 1957–1999 (Retired)
Mehdi Hassan (Urdu: مہدی حسن) is a Pakistani ghazal singer and a former playback singer for Lollywood. He is famously known as the ‘King of ghazal’ (Urdu: شہنشاہِ غزل). He has ruled the Pakistan film industry along with Ahmed Rushdi. 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 was born on 18 July 1927 in a village called Luna in Rajasthan, British India into a family of traditional musicians. He claims to be the 16th generation of hereditary musicians hailing from the Kalawant clan of musicians. Mehdi Hassan had his musical grooming from his father Ustad Azeem Khan and uncle Ustad Ismail Khan who were both traditional Dhrupad singers. The life story of Mehdi Hassan is a journey of trials and tribulations. After partition the family migrated to Pakistan and suffered severe financial hardships.
To make both the ends meet Mehdi started working in a bicycle shop and 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. At the time, Ustad Barkat Ali Khan, Begum Akhtar and Mukhtar Begum were considered the stalwarts of ghazal rendition.
He also had a passion for Urdu poetry and began to experiment by singing ghazals on a part-time basis. He cites radio officers Z.A. Bukhari and Rafiq Anwar as additional influences in his progression as a ghazal singer.
Following a severe illness in the late 80s, Mehdi Hassan stepped down from playback singing. Later due to severity of his illness he completely departed from music. He now lives a secluded life in Karachi which he has made his permanent residence. Nevertheless, he often visits Lahore where he spends most of his time with his children and other family members.
In October 2010, HMV released “Sarhadein” in which probably the first and last duet song “Tera Milana” featuring Mehdi Hassan and Lata Mangeshkar was released. This song was composed by Mr. Hassan himself written by Farhat Shahzad. Mr. Hassan recorded it in Pakistan in 2009, and Lata Mangeshkar later heard the track and recorded her part in India in 2010 and later mixed together for a duet.
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He has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions: the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz granted to him by Gen Ayub Khan; the Pride of Performance bestowed on him by Gen Ziaul Haq; and the Hilal-i-Imtiaz conferred by Gen Pervez Musharraf. Besides the Nigar Film and Graduate Awards from Pakistan, he was presented the Saigal Award in Jalandhar, India, in 1979, whereas the Gorkha Dakshina Bahu Award was given to him in Nepal in 1983. Recently, he travelled to Dubai to receive yet another award.
Mehdi Hassan is married and has fourteen children, nine of whom are boys and five of whom are girls. Like him, most of his children are also interested in the field of music. Born on 18 July 1927 (PTV celebrated his birthday on 18 July 2010 in Sunday Lounge).
Live at Royal Albert Hall
Classical Ghazals vol. 1, 2, 3
Dil Jo Rota Hai
Ghazals For Ever Vol 1
Golden Collection Of Mehdi Hasan Vol 1, 2
Khuli Jo Aankh
Live at Khambays
Live Concert in India
Mehdi Hassan Ghazals Vol 1
Sada E Ishq
Sur Ki Koi Seema Nahin
The Finest Ghazals
Yaadgar Ghazalen Vol 1
Tarz(with Shobha Gurtu)
Aage barhe na qissa -e -ishq -e- butaan se hum
Aaj Tak Yaad Hai Woh Piar Ka Manzar
Aankhon Se Mili Aankhen
Aap Ki Aankhon Ne
Aaye Kuchh Abr Kuchh Sharaab Aaye
Ab Ke Hum Bichde To Shaayad Kabhi Khwaabon Mein Mile
Ae Raushnion Ke Shahr
Aik Bus Tu Hi Nahin
Apnon Ne Gham Diye To Yaad Aa Gaya
Bhuuli bisri chand umeedein
Chalte ho to chaman ko chaliye
Charaag-e-toor Jalao Bada Andhera Hai
Dekh to dil keh jaan se uthta hai
Dil-E-Nadan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai (Lyrics: Mirza Ghalib)
Dil Ki Baat Labon Par Laakar.
Dil Men Toofan Chupae Betha Hon
Duniya Kisi Ke Pyaar Mein Jaanat Se Kam Nahin
Dayam Pada Hua Tere Dar Pe Nahi Hoon Main (Lyrics: Mirza Ghalib)
Ek Bar Chale Aao
Ek bus tu hi nhi mujhse khafa ho betha
Ek Sitam Aur Meri Jaan, Abhi Jaan Baqi Hai
Fikr Hii Thaharii To Dil Ko Fikr-E-Khubaa.N Kyo.N Na Ho
Ga Mere Dewane Dil
Garmii-E-Hasarat-E-Naakaam Se Jal Jaate Hai.N
Gulon Main Rang Bhare, Baad-e-Naubahaar Chale (Lyrics: Faiz Ahmed Faiz)
Gulshan gulshan shola e gul ki
Guncha-e-Shauq Laga hei Khilne
Hamari Sanson Men Aaj Tak
Har Dard Ko
Hum mei koi ghum nahi tha ghum-e-aashiqi sai pahlay
Ik Husn Ki Dewi Se Mujhe Pyaar Hua Thaa
Jab Bhi Aati Hei Teri Yaad Kabhi Shaam ke Baad
Jab Bhi Chahen Ek Nai Sorat
Jab Bhi Pee Kar
Jab Koi Piar Se Bulaae Ga
Jab Us zulf Ki Baat Chali
Jahan Jake Chain
Kahan Gai Woh Wafa
Khuli Jo Aankh Woh Tha
Kiya Hei Pyaar Jisse Humne Zindagi ki Tarah
Kya Bhala Mujhko Parakhne Ka Nateeja Nikla
Kyoon Humse Khafa Ho Gaye Ae Jaan-E-Tamanna
Main Hosh Mein Tha
Main Khyala hu kisi aur ka
Main nazar se pee rha hoon
Mohabat Karne Wale
Mohabat Zindagi Hai Aur Tum Meri Mohabat Ho
Mujhe Tum Nazar Se Gira To Rahe Ho
Naavak andaz jidhar diida-e-jaana honge
Patta Patta Boota Boota
Phuul hi phuul khil utthe
Pyaar Bhare Do Sharmile Nain
Rafta Rafta Wo Meri Hasti Ka Saamaan Ho Gaye
Ranjish Hi Sahi Dil Hi Dukhaane Ke Liye Aa
Rim Jhim Ki Barsaat Hai Aur Jaage Huye Jazbaat Hain
Roshan Jamal-e-yaar Se Hain
Saamne Aa Ke Tujhko Pukara Nahin
Sahar Ho Rahi Hai
Shikwa Na Kar Gila Na Kar Ye Duniya Hai Pyaare
Shola Tha Jal Bujha Hoon
Tanha Thi Aur Hamesha Se Tanha Hai Zindagi
Tark-e-Ulfat Ka Sila
Tere Bheege Badan Ki Khooshboo Se
Tere Mere Piar Ka Aisa Nata Hai
Toote Hue Khwabon Ke Liye
Thah ar Thorri Der To
Tu Meri Zindagi Hei (Copied by Nadeem Sharavan in “Ashiqi” Hindi Movie India)
Usne Jab Meri Taraf
Uzr Aane Mein Bhi Hei Aur Bulaate bhi nahin
Wo Dil Nawaaj Hei Lekin Nazar Shinaas Nahin
Yaaro Kisii Qaatil Se Kabhii Pyaar Na Maa.Ngo
Yun na mil mujhse khafa ho jaise
Ye Dhooan Kahan Se Uthta Hei
Ye Kaghzi Phool Jaise Chahre
Ye Mojazaa Bhii Muhabbat Kabhii Dikhaaye Mujhe
Ye Tera Naazuk Badan Hai Ya Koi Mehka Gulaab
Yoon Zindagi Ki Raah Mein Takra Gaya Koi
Zindagi Mein To Sabhi Pyaar Kiya Karte Hain
Zulf Ko Teri Ghataon Ka Payam Aaya Hai
Mehadi Hassan also sung Persian/dari Ghazals In Kabul Afghnistn in 1970s