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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.

Koo Bakoo Phail Gayi Baat Shanasai Ki


Koo Bakoo Phail Gayi Baat Shanasaai Ki
Uss Ne Khushboo Ki Tarah Meri Pazeerayi Ki

Kaise Keh Doon Ke Mujhe Chhor Diya Hai Ussne
Baat To Sach Hai Magar Baat Hai Ruswaayi Ki

Tera Pehloo Tere Dil Ki Tarah Abaad Rahe
Tujh Pe Guzre Na Qayamat Shab-E-Tanhai Ki

Woh Kahin Bhi Gaya Lauta To Mere Paas Aaya
Bas Yahi Baat Hai Achi Mere Harjaai Ki

Uss Ne Jalti Howi Peshaani Pe Jab Haath Rakha
Rooh Tak Aa Gayi Taseer Maseehai Ki……….

Ghazal of King Mehdi Hassan Live


Ghazal King Mehdi Hassan sings laagi ray in a mehfil-e-ghzal followed by the original one from ‘jalwa’ 1966.
Poet: Kaleem Usmani, Music: Nashad, stars: Darpan, Shamim Ara – on the art, music and cultural festivals .Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival,San Francisco International Arts Festival,Brighton Festival,Vienna Festival, Israel Festival (of music and performing arts),Oklahoma Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival and Athens & Epidaurus Festival, falling in May 2015.

Mushkil Kabhi Aisi to Na Thi Ghazal


A discussion on Balochistan at LUMS where Mama Qadeer had also been invited, was cancelled. Students say that ‘angels’ got it cancelled but the right word for such evil forces is ‘devils’. Cancellation has been condemned by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Ghazal King Mehdi Hassan sings Bahadur Shah Zafar who complains against denial of freedom of speech!

شہنشاہِ غَزَل مہدی حَسَن بات کرنی مُجھے مُشکِل کبھی اَیسی تو نہ تھی