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Mehdi Hassan

In 1957, Mehdi Hassan was given the opportunity to sing on Radio Pakistan, primarily as a thumri singer, which earned him recognition within the musical fraternity. He had a passion for Urdu poetry, and therefore, he 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. His first song was “Jis ne mere dil ko dard diya” film Susral in 1962. In 1964, his ghazal for a film Farangi, “Gulon mein rang bharay,baad-e-naubahar chale” written by renowned Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz and composed by Rasheed Attre, gave him a major break and he never looked back after that.

Following a severe illness in the late 1980s, Mehdi Hassan stepped down from playback singing. Later due to severity of his illness he completely departed from music.

In 1977, Lata Mangeshkar was so moved by his dulcet vocals during a New Delhi concert that she’s reported to have said, “Aisa lagta hai ke unke gale mein bhagwan boltein hain,” (God sings through his voice).
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 Hassan himself written by Farhat Shahzad. 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. “Tera Milna” was also sung by Madam Madam Noor Jehan with Khan Sahib.

Mehdi Hassan Ranjish Hi Sahi Ghazal Video

Mehdi Hassan ranjish hi sahi Live Performance


Mehdi Hassan sings Ahmad Faraz and Talib Panipati.

ranjish hi sahi dil hi dukhane ke liye aa
aa phir se mujhe chod ke jane ke liye aa
pahale se marasim na sahi phir bhi kabhi to
rasm-o-rahe duniya hi nibhane ke liye aa
kis kis ko batayenge judai ka sabab hum
tu mujh se khafa hai to zamane ke liye aa
kuch to mere pindar-e-muhabbat ka bharam rakh
tu bhi to kabhi mujh ko manane ke liye aa
ek umr se hun lazzat-e-giriya se bhi maharum
ae rahat-e-jan mujh ko rulane ke liye aa
ab tak dil-e-khushfaham ko tujh se hain ummiden
ye aakhiri shammen bhi bujhane ke liye aa
mana ki muhabbat ka chipana hai muhabbat
chupke se kisi roz jatane ke liye aa
jaise tujhe aate hain na aane ke bahane
aise hi kisi roz na jane ke liye aa

Ranjish Hi Sahi Live by Mehdi Hassan

Mehdi Hassan Live: Ranjish Hi Sahi (BBC)

Ranjish hi sahi dil hi dukhane ke liye aa, aa phir se mujhe chod ke jane ke liye aa.

pahale se marasim na sahi phir bhi kabhi to rasm-o-rahe duniya hi nibhane ke liye aa.

kis kis ko batayenge judai ka sabab hum tu mujh se khafa hai to zamane ke liye aa.

kuch to mere pindar-e-muhabbat ka bharam rakh tu bhi to kabhi mujh ko manane ke liye aa ek umr se hun lazzat-e-giriya se bhi maharum ae rahat-e-jan mujh ko rulane ke liye aa.

ab tak dil-e-khushfaham ko tujh se hain ummiden ye aakhiri shammen bhi bujhane ke liye aa mana ki muhabbat ka chipana hai muhabbat chupke se kisi roz jatane ke liye aa jaise tujhe aate hain na aane ke bahane aise hi kisi roz na jane ke liye aa…