Mehdi Hasan Khan the noted ghazal singer passed away today in Karachi at the age of 84. The King of Ghazals, was famous all over the Indian sub continent for his pure rendering of the ghazals.
He was born on July 18, 1927 in Luna village in Rajasthan, India, into a family of musicians. His father and uncle groomed him in music in his early years. At the age of twenty ,he migrated from India to Pakistan, in 1947. He faced severe hardships there and had to work as a cycle mechanic and later on became a car and diesel
In 1957, Radio Pakistan gave him an opportunity to sing as a thumri singer. This gave him recognition and soon he was to become a well known ghazal singer. He sang hundreds of ghazals in Pakistan and came many times to India where he was appreciated a lot. He continued actively singing till the late eighties, when due to severe illness he had to almost give up singing. His active career was from1957 to 1999.
Lata Mangeshkar described him as the ‘voice of God’ and in 1978 he sang at the residence of, the then Foreign Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, in Delhi.
He was famous for his ghazals
Some of his famous albums are Nazrana, Dil Jo Rota Hai, Sad E Ishq, Sarhadein, The Legend, In Concert, Ghalib Ghazals, Live Concert in India, Khuli jo Ankh, Ghazals Forever, Golden Greats etc.
Some of his famous ghazals are Aankhon Se Mili Aankhen, Aap Ki Ankhon Ne, Aaj Tak Yaad Hai Who Pyar ka Manzar, ek Bar Chale Aao, Ga Mere Diwane Dil, Sahr Ho rahi Hai, Toote Hue Khawabon Ke Liye, Usne Jab Meri Taraf, etc.
He was recipient of many awards including in India and Nepal. He was suffering from a serious lung infection from many years and finally passed away at the Aga Khan Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan.
In his death Urdu poetry has lost a great singer and millions of his fans in India and Pakistan shall cherish the sweet memories of his rendering of ghazals, throughout their lives.
May his soul rest in peace