On Saturday, November 23, 2013
Birth anniversary of the Shanenshah-e-Ghazal Mehdi Hasan was observed Thursday all over the country with tributes paid to his contributuion into the field of ghazal singing.
Mehdi Hassan 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.
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.
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."
'Ustad Mehdi Hassan' is undisputed emperor of Ghazals who was born in India in 1927 but settled in Pakistan after the partition in 1947. Mehdi Hassan saab was trained extensively in Indian Classical music especially in Dhrupad form of music and He is also a popular playback singer in Pakistan Film Music and one of the greatest icons in Pakistan Musical history and as a matter of fact, it wouldn't be hyperbolic statement to say the name 'Mehdi Hassan' has become synonymous name to Ghazal music. This album 'Shahenshah-e-Ghazal' literally means "The King Of Kings Of Ghazals" which truly stands to it's name. This album was originally released as "Classical Ghazals" as 3 cd box set in Navras Records, UK (Notably it was the first release in that label) and it features 'Ustad Sultan Khan' on Sarangi and 'Ustad Shukat Hussain Khan' On Tabla who gave amazing accompaniment to Usad Mehdi Hassan's mesmerizing vocals. If you are new to Ghazals or wanted to explore this genre, It can't be better than this. Yes, If you are new to this genre, I would recommend to start with the song called "Shola Tha Jal Bujhaoon" set in Raga Kirwani (Track 5 on CD 1). Needless to Say, Highly Recommended. Enjoy. :)
Mehdi Hassan (Urdu: مہدی حسن) respectfully called Khan Sahib and titled as “Shahenshah-e-Ghazal” (English: King of Ghazals) is a well-known Pakistani Ghazal singer and a former playback singer for Pakistani films.
Mehdi Hassan was born in the village of Luna in Rajasthan, India in 1927 into a family of rich traditional musicians. He claims to be the 16th generation of hereditary musicians hailing from the Kalawant. Kala means “Art” and Want means “teacher” so he is from family of teacher who taught Kings and Royal families the art of music. Mehdi Hassan received his musical training and grooming under his father, Ustad Azeem Khan and his uncle Ustad Ismail Khan who were classical musicians, well-versed in Dhrupad and Khayal singing. They instructed him in classical music and voice rendition within the framework of classical forms of Thumri, Dhrupad, Khayal and Dadra, from the young age of eight. After the Partition of India, 20 year-old Mehdi Hassan and his family migrated to Pakistan and suffered severe financial hardships. To make ends meet, Mehdi Hassan began 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 (Riyaaz) on a daily basis.
1. Kesariya Balam Padharo Maare Desh - Rajasthani Folk song in Raga Mand
2. Mugham Baat Paheli Aisi - Raga Yaman Kalyan
3. Umad Ghumad Ghir Aayo - Thumri in Raga Desh
4. Teer Nainon Ka Zalim - Dadra (Traditional)
5. Shola Tha Jal Bujhaoon - Raga Kirwani
6. Ek Bas Tu Hi Nahin - Raga Mian ki Malhar
1. Jab Tere Nain Muskurate Hain - Raga Sahera
2. Ek Khalish Ko Hasil - Ghazal In A Rare Raga
3. Khuli Jo Ankh - Raga Bhankar
4. Ab Ke Hum Bichde - Raga Bhopali
5. Heer In Raga Bhairavi
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