Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan laid to rest
16 June, 2012
KARACHI: The noted singer and Ghazal maestro, Mehdi Hassan, was laid to rest amid mourning atmosphere here at Shah Muhammad Shah Graveyard in North Karachi on Friday.
His funeral prayer was offered at Noorani Mosque, which was attended by Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Muttahida Qaumi Movement activists, his fans, famous singers, social workers, actors, friends, family members and people belonging to different walks of life.
Mehdi Hassan passed away on Wednesday morning after a long illness at a local hospital. He was 84. He was admitted to the hospital with multiple problems, including massive bleeding from stomach, lung and chest infection. His condition continued to show a downward trend and took an acute turn for the worse on his death day.
The noted singer was known as Shahenshah-e-Ghazal in the sub-continent. He got his singing groom from his father Ustad Azeem Khan and from his uncle Ustad Ismail Khan. He ruled over the Pakistani film industry till 1980s as a playback singer.
Mehdi Hassan sang more than 2,000 songs and 1,200 Ghazals in Urdu besides he also expressed his singing talent in various other languages. He was awarded with many things. Once, famous Indian Ghazal singer Lata Mangeshkar said, "Bhagwan (God) speaks in the throat of Mehdi Hassan while singing."
Mehdi Hassan was honoured with various awards throughout the world, including Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan and Gorkha Dakshina Bahu by the Nepalese government.