Wednesday, June 13, 2012

End of an Era: Ghazal Legend Mehdi Hassan passes away

KARACHI, Pakistan (Wed, Jun 13) – Renowned ghazal singer of subcontinents Mehdi Hassan, also known as the Shahanshah-e-Ghazal (King of Ghazal), died today at 84. He has been under treatment for quite some time in a private hospital in Karachi and was suffering from lung, chest and urinary tract diseases.

Ghazal Legend Mehdi Hassan passes away
Mehdi Hassan's son Arif Hassan 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."

Mehdi Hassan ruled the Pakistani music industry for years. He received a number of awards and honors, including Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Pride of Performance) and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, Gorkha Dakshina Bahu by the Government of Nepal and the Saigal Award from India.

Mehdi Hassan was born into a family of traditional musicians at Luna village, Rajasthan, in 1927 before his family migrated to Pakistan after 1947. He was the 18th generation of a family of musicians hailing from the Kalawant clan.

He had very difficult times in the beginning of his career but he kept on practice passionately and blossomed to international fame once got chance on Pakistan Radio

During 1980s Hassan gradually stopped playback singing and live performances due to a severe illness. Considered one of the most successful ghazal singers of Pakistan, Mehdi Hasasn was trained in classical music by his father Ustad Azeem Khan and his uncle Ustad Ismail Khan who were both well respected classical musicians.

Hassan tried different styles of music and there was a time in Pakistan's film industry known as Lollywood when a production was considered incomplete without his voice.

Read detailed article about Singing Maestro of Sub-continents below:

Kubaku Phail Gyee Bat ..... - - Mehdi Hassan: The Unparalleled Master of Ghazal

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