Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Lata Mangeshkar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Shreya Ghoshal, Daler Mehndi and many more express their grief over the maestro’s death. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also tweeted
Veteran Pakistani ghazal and classical music maestro Mehdi Hassan passed away today in Karachi, Pakistan at 12.22pm. He was 84. Hassan had been suffering from lung, chest and urinary tract disorder for a few years and was in hospital in the ICU for quite some time. The maestro had expressed his wish to meet Bollywood legends Lata Mangeshkar, Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan while in hospital.
Born on July 18, 1927 in Luna, Rajasthan, India, Hassan worked in a bicycle shop when he got a break to sing for Radio Pakistan in 1957. Later, he did playback for Lahore’s film industry, Lollywood. His soulful voice resonated in songs like Ranjish hi sahi, Patta patta, boota boota and Kab ke bichhare, among many others. He had devoted fans and followers in Bollywood, including some of the musical greats. Known as the King of Ghazal, he had received several Pakistani awards, a Nepali award and also India’s Saigal Award.
Bollywood celebs tweeted about Mehdi Hassan’s passing away:
Shah Rukh Khan @iamsrk: memories of my mom cooking in a grimy kitchen as it rained outside, while mehdi hassan floated out of a Beltek 2 in 1. zingagi mein toh sabhi pyaar kiya karte hain…main toh meri jaan, markrr bhi tumhein chahoonga….
Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata):
(In Hindi) aaj bohot bade ghazal gayak kalaakar mehedi hassan sahab hamare bich nahi rahe,mujhe is baat bohot dukh hai,gazal gaayki ke kshetra mein unhone bohot bada parivartan laaya,aaj gazal unke jaane se ghazal ki bohot nadi haani hui hai, ab un jaisa kalakar phir se aana mushkil hai,wo bohot bade shastriya sangeet ke gayak bhi the,aur unke gaane me rajasthan ke sangeet ki khushboo bhi thi,unhone mere liye kuch gaane banaaye the, unme se hi ek ghazal maine jo unhone mujhe gaake bheji thi, uska maine duet karke record kiya tha,un ke saath mera ye ek hi gaana hai, main ishwar se prarthana karti hun, ki mehedi sahab ki aatma ko woh shaanti pradan karein.
Priyanka Chopra @priyankachopra: Ranjish Hii Sahii Dil Hii Dukhaane Ke Liye Aa… aa Phir Se Mujhe Chhod Ke Jaane Ke Liye Aa… RIP Mehdi Hassan sahib..immortal memories…
Madhur Bhandarkar @mbhandarkar268: Emperor of ghazals no more… R.I.P Mehdi Hassan… You will be missed sorely!
Shreya Ghoshal @shreyaghoshal: Mehdi Hassan sa’ab is no more. The voice, who made mny music lovers n lovers to find an expression of their heart’s stories, is gone. R.I.P.
Saddened beyond comprehension. Jagjit ji, now Mehdi Sa’ab. The voices who kept the legacy of ghazals alive and how, are gone..
This void can never be filled ever again.
Anupam Kher @AnupamPkher: Very saddened to hear about my fav Gazal Singer Mehdi Hassan’s demise. As a student had gate crashed into Pak Embassy to listen to him. RIP.
Shankar Mahadevan @Shankar_Live: RIP #Mehdi Hassan saab, huge loss to the world of music…your Voice is immortal though.
Daler Mehndi @dalermehndi: Ghazal samrat Mehndi Hassan Saheb ki sureeli Awaz ko sadeeyo tak log bhula nhi payenge!
Bhot dukh hua !! Jagjit Ji ke baad ek aur baraa fankaar hum sabko APNE meethi yaadein de kar chalaa gya..
Saluting the Ghazal maestro Ustad Mehndi Hassan Khan Saheb on his final journey.. An astounding singer and a great human.. Rab Rakha
Hansal Mehta @mehtahansal: Mehdi Hassan gone. The world is losing all it’s melodious voices. Very soon we will have only cacophony in the name of music.
Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt @VishwaMBhatt: Salute to the king of GHAZAL ……MEHDI HASSAN ……may his MOST MUSICAL SOUL rest in peace……
Meiyang Chang @MeiyangChang: My dad loved Mehdi Hassan sahab. He was his biggest musical influence, and as a result, my first. RIP huzoor, ur voice shall never fade away.
Kailash Kher @Kailashkher: Another Legend (Mehdi Hassan) has gone from this world. Lagta hai ghazal ka suraj dukhon ke baadalon ne dhak diya (It seems the sun of ghazals is hiding behind clouds of sadness).
Gulon Mein Rang Bhare Baad E Nau Bahaar chale, Chale Bhi aao ke Gulshan Ka Karobar Chale, Immortal Mehdi Hasan Music, love Personified
Kabir Bedi @iKabirBedi: Saddened that Ghazal King Mehdi Hassan passed away. What a phenomenal impact he made with his unique voice and style!
Manoj Bajpayee @BajpayeeManoj: Ghazal King, one of my favourites, Mehdi saab passed away. May his soul rest in peace!
Humaima Malick @HumaimaMalick: So terribly sad to hear about Mehdi Hassan’s passing. He was truly a legend and a musical genius. R.I.P.
Dr Manmohan Singh @PMOIndia: The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has expressed deep grief over the passing away of noted Ghazal singer, Mehdi Hassan.
UK reality TV star Mark Wright @imarkwright: Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan dies at 84 – The melodious voice behind evergreen hits like ‘Patta patta, boota boota’….
Our condolences to Mehdi Hassan’s family.