Mehdi Hassan

Name Mehdi Hassan
Nationality Pakistani
Date of Birth 18 July , 1927
Place of Birth Luna, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, India
Famous For Singing

Mehdi Hassan, Singers is famous for Singing, Pakistani celebrity. Born on 18 July , 1927

Mehdi Hassan is a Pakistani ghazal schlagersänger and a former playback singer for Lollywood. He is famously known as the 'King of Ghazal'. He has ruled the Pakistan film industry along with Ahmed Rushdi. He was hounoured with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, and Gorkha Dakshina Bahu by the Government of Nepal.

Mehdi Hassan was born in 1927 in a village called Luna in Rajasthan, India into a family of traditional musicians. He claims to be the 16th generation of hereditary musicians hailing from the Kalawant clan of musicians. Mehdi Hassan had his musical grooming from his father Ustad Azeem Khan and uncle Ustad Ismail Khan who were both traditional Dhrupad singers. The life story of Mehdi Hassan is a journey of trials and tribulations. After partition the family migrated to Pakistan and suffered severe financial hardships.
To make ends meet Mehdi started working in a bicycle shop and later became a car and diesel tractor mechanic. Despite the hardships, his passion for music didn’t wither and he kept up the routine of practice on a daily basis.
The struggle ended when Mehdi Hassan was given the opportunity to sing on Radio Pakistan in 1957, primarily as a thumri singer, which earned him recognition within the musical fraternity. At the time, Ustad Barkat Ali Khan, Begum Akhtar and Mukhtar Begum were considered the stalwarts of ghazal gayaki.

He also had a passion for Urdu poetry and 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.

Following a severe illness in the late 80s, Mehdi Hassan stepped down from playback singing. Later due to severity of his illness he completely departed from music. He now lives a secluded life in Karachi which he has made his permanent residence. Nevertheless, he often visits Lahore where he spends most of his time with his children and other family members.

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 Mr. Hassan himself written by Farhat Shahzad. Mr. 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.

He has 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. Besides the Nigar Film and Graduate Awards from Pakistan, he was presented the Saigal Award in Jalandhar, India, in 1979, whereas the Gorkha Dakshina Bahu Award was given to him in Nepal in 1983. Recently, he travelled to Dubai to receive yet another award.

Mehdi Hassan is married and has fourteen children, nine of whom are boys and five of whom are girls. Like him, most of his children are also interested in the field of music. Born on 18 July 1927 (PTV celebrated his birthday on 18 July 2010 in Sunday Lounge).


Kehna Usey
Live at Royal Albert Hall
Andaz-e- Mastana
Classical Ghazals vol. 1, 2, 3
Dil Jo Rota Hai
Ghalib Ghazals
Ghazals For Ever Vol 1
Golden Collection Of Mehdi Hasan Vol 1, 2


Aage barhe na qissa -e -ishq -e- butaan se hum
Aaj Tak Yaad Hai Woh Piar Ka Manzar
Aankhon Se Mili Aankhen
Aap Ki Aankhon Ne
Aaye Kuchh Abr Kuchh Sharaab Aaye
Ab Ke Hum Bichde To Shaayad Kabhi Khwaabon Mein Mile
Ae Raushnion Ke Shahr
Aik Bus Tu Hi Nahin
Apnon Ne Gham Diye To Yaad Aa Gaya...

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