The following is a chronology of some major events from the legend’s life:
Hassan was born in 1927 in a village called Luna in Rajasthan, India into a family of traditional musicians.
He migrated with his family to Pakistan and settled in Cheecha Watni, Sahiwal district, Pakistan.
Hassan was given the opportunity to sing on Radio Pakistan, primarily as a thumri singer, which earned him recognition within the musical fraternity.
Hassan sang his first film song “Nazar Miltay Hi..” for the film Shikar.
His all-time hit ghazal “Gullon Mein Rang Bharay” in the filmFarangi gave him a breakthrough as a playback singer in 1962.
Hassan collaborated for the first time with Noor Jehan for the song “Eik Deevanay Ka Is Dil Ne Kaha Maan Liya” in film Qaidi.
Hassan sang for the first time for Waheed Murad in the film Saz-o-Awaz. The song on to become a megahit.
Hassan sang one of his most popular Punjabi songs “Dukh Labba Tay Ba Aaway” for the film Mehndi.
Hassan sang for the first and last time for a Bengali film.
Hassan was at the peak of his film career and sang 71 songs, the highest number of film songs in a year in his film career.
Received the Saigal Award in Jalandhar, India.
Received the Gorkha Dakshina Bahu Award, one of the highest honours given by the president of Nepal.
Hassan sang 38 songs in these 17 years; seven in 1983, eight in 1984, 10 in 1985, four in 1986, two in 1987, two apiece in 1988 and 1989. After a five-year gap, he sang two songs in 1994 and a single in 1995. He then sang for a Punjabi film Chann Puttar which was screened only for two shows in Lahore in 2000.
His first and last duet song with Indian legend Lata Mangeshkar “Tera Milana” was released.
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