Mehdi Hassan is no more

Mehdi Hassan is no more

By Eye TV India Bureau

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India-born Ghazal legend Mehdi Hassan, the melodious voice behind evergreen hits like 'Patta patta, boota boota' and 'Kab ke Bichhare', passed away on June 13, 2012, following multiple organ failure at the age of 84. Hassan, who had millions of fans in India and Pakistan, had been admitted to the Agha Khan Hospital in Karachi some days ago. He had been in a serious condition and was on ventilator. Hassan was born into a family of traditional musicians at Luna village in India's Rajasthan in 1927. His family migrated to Pakistan at the time of Partition in 1947.Hassan cut back on his performances in the late 1980s due to illness. Hassan leaves behind his nine sons and five daughters. He married twice. Both his wives are dead. The maestro, who began his career primarily as a 'thumri' singer, earned recognition within the musical fraternity at the time when Ustad Barkat Ali Khan, Begum Akhtar and Mukhtar Begum were considered the stalwarts of ghazal rendition.

Hasan ruled the Pakistani film world along with Ahmed Rushdi in the 1960s-70s. Despite his ailments, Hassan had a great desire to sing with Lata Mangeshkar. In 2010, "Sarhadein", an album which had the first and last duet song "Tera Milana" by Mehdi Hassan and Lata Mangeshkar, was released. Hassan recorded his part in Pakistan in 2009 and Lata later heard the track and recorded her part in India in 2010. The tracks were later mixed together for a duet. Lata, who once called Hassan the 'voice of God', said "A singer like him is born once in a millennium. Hassan, who last performed in India in 2000, wanted to visit his birth country again. Alas, his last wish remained unfulfilled.

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