Death anniversary of the renowned singer known as ‘Shehenshah-e-Ghazal’ Mehdi Hassan Khan was observed Tuesday. Mehdi Hassan Khan reigned over the hearts of millions of admirers in Pakistan and India through his more than 25,000 songs and ghazals.
Mehdi Hassan (1927-2012) was a renowned Pakistani ghazal singer and playback singer in the film industry. He was born on July 18, 1927, in Luna village, Rajasthan, British India (now part of Rajasthan, India). Mehdi Hassan is considered one of the greatest and most influential ghazal singers in the world.
Mehdi Hassan was born on July 18,1927 in Rajasthan, to a family of musicians. In order to keep up with the tradition, the singer began training under his father and mentor, Ustaadh Azeem Khan as well as his uncle Ustaadh Ismail Khan. Mehdi
Hassan pursued an early interest in Urdu poetry and composed soulful songs that drew from the works of contemporary poets, including Faiz Ahmad Faiz.
In 1957, he was given the opportunity to sing on Radio Pakistan, primarily as a Thumri singer. He was honored with numerous awards including Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan. He sang for over 300 films during his music career.
Unfortunately, Mehdi Hassan’s health declined in the later years of his life, and he was unable to perform due to illness. He passed away on June 13, 2012, in Karachi, Pakistan, leaving behind a rich musical legacy that continues to inspire and enchant listeners worldwide.
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