ISLAMABAD: King of Ghazal, Mehdi Hasan was remembered on his 87th birth anniversary on Friday.
Mehdi Hasan was born on July 18, 1927 in a village called Luna into a family of traditional musicians. He was honoured with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Pride of Performance) and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the government of Pakistan.
In 1983 he was awarded Gorkha Dakshina Bahu in the court of King Birendra by the Government of Nepal. He was awarded KL Saigal Sangeet Shehenshah Award by the Government of India.
The highest civilian award of Pakistan Nishan-e-Imtiaz was also conferred on him.
In 1957, Mehdi Hassan was given the opportunity to sing on Radio Pakistan 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.
His first song was ‘Jis ne mere dil ko dard diya’ from film Susral in 1962 and popular ghazal ‘Insha ji utho ab kooch karo is shaharr me dil ko lagana kia’ made him immortal.
Legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar complimented him saying that Bhagwan talks in his throat.
Mehdi Hassan died on June 13 2012 in Karachi.