Google marks Mehdi Hassan's 91st birthday with doodle

Legendary Pakistani Ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan was honoured with Google’s doodle feature on his 91st birthday (July 18).

Google honours many prominent personalities with a specially designed logos called ‘doodles’. Many of the well-known personalities that were celebrated and honoured by Google from Pakistan include Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Noor Jehan, Nazia Hassan and many others.

Famously referred to as Sultan or Shahenshah Of Ghazal, Mehdi Hassan was born on July 18, 1927, in a village called “Luna” in Rajasthan, India.

Initially, Mehdi’s father and uncle were dhrupad singers, and the young Mehdi sang dhrupad and kheyal in his first concert. During the Indo-Pak partition of 1947, the family migrated to Pakistan after Partition.

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The legendary Ghazal singer landed his first musical performance on Radio Pakistan in 1957, primarily as a thumri singer, after which he never looked back becoming one of the best ghazal singer of all time.

Mehdi had sang many ghazals and playback songs for Pakistani movies. In October 2010, HMV released ‘Sarhadein’ in which probably the first and last duet song ‘Tera Milana’ featuring Mehdi Hassan and Lata Mangeshkar was released.

Ranjish hi Sahi Dil Hi Dukhane K Liye Aa; Patta Patta, Boota Boota; Dil-E-Nadan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai and Dil Ki Baat Labon Par Laakar are among the his all-time hits.

He was honoured with numerous awards including Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan.

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He remained a leading singer of film industry along with Ahmed Rushdi. One of his songs he will be most remembered for is Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s, ‘Gullon Mein Rang Bhare.’

His first song was ‘Jab Koi Pyaar Se Bulaye Ga, Tum Ko Ek Shakhs Yaad Aye Ga’ film Susral in 1962 and popular ghazal ‘Ik Husn Ki Devi Se Mujhe Pyar Hua Tha’ made him a legend.

Hassan died on June 13, 2012, after a protracted illness in a hospital in Karachi.

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