91st birth anniversary of legendary Ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan today
He was born on July 18 in Luna village of Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan (India) in 1927. The legendary Ghazal singer landed his first musical performance on Radio Pakistan in 1957.
Mehdi had sang many ghazals and playback songs for Pakistani movies. ‘Ranjish hi Sahi Dil Hi Dukhane K Liye Aa’; ‘Patta Patta, Boota Boota’; ‘Dil-E-Nadan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai’ and ‘Dil Ki Baat Labon Par Laakar’ are some of Mehdi’s all-time hits.
He was also honoured with numerous awards including Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan.
He remained a leading singer of South Asian film industry and is most remembered for is ‘Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s, ‘Gullon Mein Rang Bhare.’
His first song was ‘Jab Koi Pyaar Se Bulaye Ga, Tum Ko Ek Shakhs Yaad Aye Ga’ film Susral in 1962 and popular ghazal ‘Ik Husn Ki Devi Se Mujhe Pyar Hua Tha’ made him a legend.
Hassan died on June 13, 2012, after a protracted illness in a hospital in Karachi.
Meanwhile, Google is paying tribute to Pakistan’s legendary ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan with its doodle feature on his 91st birthday (July 18). Google honours prominent personalities and occasions with special logos that it calls 'doodles'. AFP