Mehdi Hassan, King of Ghazals
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Mehdi Hassan also known as "King of Ghazal" or the "Shahanshah-e-Ghazal" was born in India on 18 July 1927. He was the famous Pakistani Ghazal singer and playback singer for the Lollywood industry. One of the greatest and influential figures in the ghazal department. Known for his "Haunting" voice Mehdi Ghazal presented the ghazal singing to a worldwide audience and making the audience fall for his great voice. Many big names in the music industry were inspired by him. Lata Mangeshkar, Jagjit Singh, and Sonu Nigam are the names who were influenced by his voice, 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,” (It feels like God is singing through his voice). His singing career started when he sung for the first time on Radio Pakistan in 1952. His first film song was "Nazar Milte Hi Dil Ki Bat Ka Charcha Na Ho Jaye" film Shikar in 1956. Following a severe illness in the late 1980s, Mehdi Hassan stepped down from playback singing. Later due to the severity of his illness, he completely departed from music. In October 2010, HMV Label 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 Mehdi Hassan himself, written by Farhat Shahzad. Mehdi Hassan recorded it in Pakistan in 2009, and Lata Mangeshkar later heard the track and recorded her part in India in 2010, and the song was later mixed for a duet. The same duet, "Tera Milna," was also sung by Mehdi Hassan and Noor Jehan. Mehdi Hassan is regarded as one of the best singers in the sub-continent.
He was presented with many awards which are 1964, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 with the Nigar Award for Best Male Playback Singer and in 1999 with Nigar Award Special Millennium Award.
The Government of Nepal presented him with Gorkha Dakshina Bahu in 1983 and K. L. Saigal Award in Jalandhar in India in 1979.
He had 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.
He died a legend's death. The legend of Pakistan passed away at around noon on 13 June 2012 at Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi after suffering a 12-year-long tenure of lung, chest and urinary tract diseases.