Google Pays Tribute To Mehdi Hassan
Google Pays Tribute To Mehdi Hassan: Birth anniversary of Shahenshah-e-Ghazal Mehdi Hasan is being observed today (Wednesday). Legendary Pakistani Ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan was honoured with Google s doodle feature on his 91st birthday.
Mehdi Hassan was born on July 18, 1927 in a village called Luna, into a family of traditional musicians. 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.
He remained a leading singer of the Pakistani film industry along with Ahmed Rushdi. 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. His first song was `Jis ne mere dil ko dard diya from film `Susral in 1962. Legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar complimented him, saying that “Bhagwan talks in his throat.”
Mehdi Hassan died on June 13, 2012 in Karachi. Legendary Pakistani Ghazal artiste Mehdi Hassan was honoured with Google’s doodle on his 91st birthday.
Google respects numerous conspicuous identities with uncommonly composed logos called ‘doodles’. In the past, Google also paid tribute to Pakistan’s prominent personalities, Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Noor Jehan, Nazia Hassan and many others.
The amazing Ghazal singer landed his first melodic execution on Radio Pakistan in 1957, fundamentally as a thumri singer, which earned him acknowledgment inside the music world.
His first melody was ‘Jis Ne insignificant dil Ko dard diya’ film Susral in 1962 and prevalent ghazal ‘Insha ji ab kooch Karo is shar me dil Ko lagna Kia’ made him interminable. Later Lata Mangeshkar said compliments for him that “Bhagwan talks in his throat”.
In 1964, his ghazal for a film Farangi, “Gulon mein rang bharay, baad-e-naubahar chale” written by renowned Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz and composed by Rasheed Attre, gave him a major breakthrough into the Pakistani film industry and he never looked back after that.
In October 2010, HMV released ‘Sarhadein’ in which most likely the first and last harmony melody ‘Tera Milana’ highlighting Mehdi Hassan and Lata Mangeshkar was released. In his long career, Mehdi also sang playback for many Pakistani films.
Mehdi 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 died in Karachi on June 13, 2012, after a protracted illness.
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