KARACHI: Legendary ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan passed away at a private hospital in Karachi on Wednesday.
Hassan had been under treatment at hospitals in Pakistan for a while, and there had also been reports of shifting him to India. He was admitted at a hospital in Karachi for the past couple of weeks after he had developed a chest infection and breathing problems.
He passed away after he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the hospital.
Speaking to the media outside Aga Khan Hospital, Hassan’s son Asif Mehdi said that his father had a number of complications and had been admitted for treatment for a month.
He said that his father had grown old and he was getting weak, and a number of issues had developed, including with the lungs and chest.
Asif said that his brothers will be arriving in Karachi shortly and funeral details will be finalised by evening.
Hassan was born into a family of traditional musicians at Luna village, India, in 1927. His family migrated to Pakistan after 1947.
He had been awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Pakistani government.
Lata Mangeshkar expresses grief
Indian legend Lata Mangeshkar, while talking to Express News, said that she was deeply saddened to hear the news of Mehdi Hassan’s demise.
She said that it was unfortunate that such a wonderful person had to suffer so much. “He had come to India and we had met. Everyone had started crying when they saw him.”
“Yeh hee manzoor thaa Allah ko,” she said.
Mangeshkar praised Mehdi Hassan and said that it was because of him many people had started singing.
“A voice like his may never be heard again.”
She said she had all records Hassan had released and liked every single ghazal of his.
Nadeem Baig: “Hassan’s demise was a big loss, adding that a voice like his might never be heard again.”
“I had been humming one of Hassan’s songs in the morning today and it was later that I had found out about his demise,” said the actor.
Baig added that he was “blessed” to have had the opportunity to picturise his songs.
He also recalled that the maestro had encouraged him to sing and had said that he would teach him. He also said that he had thoroughly enjoyed hearing him live.
Tina Sani: “This kind of excellence – which is Mehdi Hassan – came with a lot of hard work. You may have a glimmer of talent, but if you don’t do this work of excellence with passion, then the question is: how will we ever produce another Mehdi Hassan or Ustad Ghulam Ali?”
“It’s a day to think. Legends don’t die. They are way beyond that. For all these people we are losing are products of 1950s, 1960s and some of 1970s.”
She added that Hassan had given the world the legacy of ghazals and he was a “passport” for people like her when they went out to perform in the world.
Ali Zafar: “There are some who are beyond the captive of time and age. One such maestro was Mehdi Hassan. He may not be amongst us physically anymore but he will certainly live forever in our hearts and minds through his ghazals and geets.”
“His gift to all of us including my generation and many more to come is intangible in words. He was more than an inspiration. He went as the greatest living ghazal maestro and we were lucky to have him. Hence I believe that we need to really show how we pay respect and ode to our heroes by doing something more meaningful than just condolences.”
“I think our government should construct a monument or an institution based on the great wisdom or the treasure of music he has left us with to enlighten our future generations with the same, and show the world how we value our art and artists,” added Zafar.
Javed Akhtar: Indian poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, while speaking to an Indian news channel, was all praise for the ghazal maestro, stating that Hassan’s voice gave one solace and peace.
Ahmed Ali Butt: “There will be a lot of people giving tributes and remembering a legend. He has been sick for some time and his family had been asking for support. So the question arises, why we cannot support our legends while they are alive rather than name a street after them after they die.
“It’s a huge lost to the music community and to the generation of fans he has.”
Humaima Malick: Actor Humaima Malick, who is busy in Jaipur these days shooting for a film Sher opposite Sanjay Dutt, expressed grief over Hassan’s demise. In a message from India, she said, “It is definitely a cause to weep when a nation loses a personality such as Mehdi Hassan. He was respected and admired throughout the subcontinent. India and Pakistan have grown up listening to his ghazals, no matter what age or generation. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. No one can replace him as a true legend of Pakistan.”
Nawaz Sharif: Recalling his recent meeting with the ghazal maestro in Karachi few months back, Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif said he always wanted to meet Hassan and was glad he did.
“He [Hassan] couldn’t speak because he was not in good health however I sat beside him for most of the time and spoke to his family members,” he said.
Agreeing that the government should extend assistance to the artist community, Nawaz said he regrets that he couldn’t pass any law or draft a policy for this when he was in power.
Yousaf Salli: “Mehdi Hassan left behind followers across the world. If one talks about classical gharanas (households) I think he was a gharana within himself.”
Sahir Ali Bagga: “Today’s music is what I like to call weekend music, but you could listen to Mehdi Hassan for a lifetime and never get bored.”
Fareeda Khanum: “He would sing at night, in the morning and at every moment. His passion created an environment that was lost in the music.”
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There is difference between a Gazal singer & a Best gazal singer. Mehdi Hassan was the best who remained in the hearts of his fans forever. It is tragic that such a renowned artist did not get real support either from Pakistan or India, much less by his fans.MAY GOD GIVE PEACE TO THE DEPARTED SOUL?
Can't stop my tears... Loved him so much. :~(
A true maestro and a great singer and not just that i have met him few times in concerts too he was extremely kind person. May his soul RIP.
@Awais Lodhi: entire pakistan celebrates when terrorists from your country comes and shoot our people and then u start posting negative comment
May his soul rest in peace.
And dear whoever wrote the article, we dont wanna know what humaima malik is upto these days. That was unnnecessary.
Rest in peace. His services to Pakistan music industry are unforgettable.
May Allah keep his soul in eternal rest and peace.
@Vishnu Dutta: your meanness is apparent even when mourning a death. it is NOT INDIAN subcontinent but just a subcontinent. come to accept PAKISTAN as a lasting reality in this subcontinent where mahdi hasan sahib passed away singing popular national songs.
Pakistan mourns you, Sir.
RIP! We are poorer for losing one of our 'real' assets.
A big chapter in Ghazal singing has ended. It is a great loss for Pakistan and the whole music loving world. MH gave many many hours of pleasure to millions of people around the world. He had a long distinguished innings. Well played MH Sahib! May God bless him and help the family to bear the loss. MH would live in our hearts and in electronic media.
Farewell to a legend! We will miss you May Allah rest his soul, give him eternal peace and grant him a place in Paradise AMEEN
RIP Mehdi Hassan. Loss of a Legend.Everyone has to leave this world one day, but your ghazals will be with us forever...
May his soul rest with peace.
You should have ignored the comments of "Indian". Just go through the other comments and sense the sad moments of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. "Indian" might have little interest or knowledge about Ghazals and his melodious voice-cum-music. I have already said that during our student life we use to listen Ghazals sung by Mehandi Hassan by tuning to Lahore Radio Station.
Mehandi Hassan was a great master and tears have started rolling down.
may God rest his soul in peace - WE LIKE TO WORSHIP 'DEAD' HOW UNFORTUNATE GREAT SINGER REMAIND ON BED FOR YEARS AND YEARS - WE ALMOST FORGOT HIM -
"Mohabbat karne walay kum na hongay; Teri mehfil mein lekin, hum na hongay!"
RIP Mehdi Hassan! Not a huge fan of ghazals, but a number of Mehdi Hassan specials have always been my companions... What a loss...
Lovely ghazal composer and singer. I am really at a loss tonight.jagjit Singh left us and now mehdi sahib. The Pakistan government should have a music institute made in his name.very very depressing. The government should give job to the member of his family so they live respectfully.take care everyone, my deepest condolences to everyone, especially the family of the legend. Rip...sat Sri akal and regards to everyone. :(
@Indian: Shame on you, if you had to pass a negative comment about his singing, you could have done it at another time. He passed away today, people are remembering him. Have some decency!
He was an average singer
May God rest his soul in eternal peace. it was a great shock for all subcontinent music lovers.he is not more among us but his work always alive him among us.
RIP Mehdi Saab
Never got the kind of respect he deserved in pakistan
A great loss.Ther will never be one like him. May his soul rest in peace.
It is very sad news that we all lost one of the greatest ghazal maestro of unique skill. His art of ghazal singing remains matchless before or since in the history of poetics. I am a great fan of him saddened with his disappearance forever from this mundane world. May he be blessed with peace !!!
The Golden period of Ghazal ends today with the life of Legend Mehdi Hassan
May god rest his soul in heavens...Really sad news!!
"Muhabbat Karney waley Kam na hon gain...Teri duny main lakin hum na hoon gain "
Thank you Mehdi Sahib. For making our lives Richer.. God Bless your soul.... We shall always Miss you.
(إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ This is the ultimate destination of everu human being. We as muslim must always remeber our time of departure. I velieve 50% of the evil can be eliminated, if we do so.
Maut: Maut is a reality and a true and definite friend of mankind as it definitely comes and takes away the person. Neither Dua nor Dawa works.
Very sad news indeed. May his soul rest in God's feet.
During 1963 to 1970, when I was at Ludhiana used to listen his melodious ghazals via Lahore Radio Station.
Attended a Ghulam Ali concert last Saturday and enjoyed it immensely - as usual... But while at the concert, kept cursing myself that I could never attend a Mehdi Hassan concert - one of very few regrets in my life.
Mehdi Hassan - The One and Only... Rest in Peace...A Fan from India
اِنَا للہِ وَ اِنَا علیہِ راجِعُون
Very sad demise of a great man, a legend. He was not just extraordinary in Gazal gayaki, but repository of all that past several hundred golden years, and whenever such great men die, I feel great unbearable loss.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ)
May his soul rest in peace! we lost a great legend. He will live in our hearts forever.
a ghazal from Maestro " zindazgi may to sabhi piyar kia kertay hain, may to mar ker bhi meri jaan tujhay chahoon ga".
Alas! A paramount chapter of Ghazal has been closed.
Mehdi Hassan was a towering personality of music world. He was a bridge between the people of India and Pakistan. Now he is not among us but coming generations will continuously getting inspiration from his Ghazals. After Jagjit singh’s demise, this is another big shock for the world of music lovers.
We will always love you and pray for you that may Allah bless you and rest you in peace. You are proud of our country and always will be. We will never forget you and your music.
With the passing away of Mehdi Hassan, I don't see any one who can replace him in Pakistan.
I have been listening the Gazals of Mehdi Hassan since my childhood. Gazals sung by Mehdi Hasan is a treasure for me and uncounted people in the world who understand Urdu Gazals.
Mehdi Hassan Sahib, people will miss you ever in this world.
May Al-Mighty Allah rest his soul in peace. Ameen.
RIP - Sad day, such a big loss to Pakistan and the world
strong text INALILALLAHI.. WAINNA LILAHI RAJEGHOON....
He was my absolute favorite. There was an era where he and Talat Mahmood ruled the air waves. Good old days. Rest in peace - the world was a better place when you were alive.
May Allah bless his soul. Ameen.
Whole sub-continent will miss Mehdi Hasan Sahab... RIP.
RIP Mehdi Hassan, A great singer A great Artist
May Allah bless his soul and give courage to his family members to bear this irreplaceable loss.
May Allah Almighty Bless his soul and grant everyone of his family the strength to bear this loss. As a nation we lost a great person
May allah bless his departed soul. we will always miss you.
Very very sad. Another legend passed away after Jagjit Singh
so sad .........indo pak lost some thing big
A chapter of music is closed in Pakistan after Noor Jahan, Nusarat Fatah Ali & now Mahidi Hassan. An era of excellence in music is faded. Question is that who is next to ascend the throne? Ans is difficult.
God bless his soul.Amin.
اِنَا للہِ وَ اِنَا علیہِ راجِعُون
He was a legend, a national asset of Pakistan. Terrible loss of nation as the last major remnant of the great era has passed away May ALLAH bless his soul and give him place in paradise
He was a legend and a great singer whose songs will live in our memories for ever. His voice and songs reminds us of a by gone era in which we had a thriving movie industry, which unfortunately, is in decline now. May God bless his soul.
I LOVE MEHDI HASAN ! from , MUJAHID SARWAR . GUJRANWALA . PAKISTAN
اِنَا للہِ وَ اِنَا علیہِ راجِعُون
اِنَا للہِ وَ اِنَا علیہِ راجِعُون
My favorit singer . I alwayssssss love Mehdi hasan God Blesss Allah Tallah Marhomeen ko jannat tul firdous me jagha de Ameeen ! Mujahid Sarwar , from , Gujranwala Pakistan
What an end of an era for me personally. Mehdi Hasan knew my father and he came to our country due to my father being there and my late father passed away exactly one year ago. Since that time, I have always thought about Mehdi Hasan. It really is the end of an era. May his soul rest in peace.
Legend lost... :(( May ALLAH bless the departed soul with eternal peace..!
One of the best icons of common culture of India and Pakistan- for the depth of his repertory enhanced by his humility. No religious divide, non TNT. He represented all of us best.
A legend in his own time. He gave much to this country.
A very huge loss for the dwellers of both India and Pakistan in particular and the world in general. His space is hard to be filled by anybody. May his soul rest in peace. Amin.
The greatest legend to have ever lived in the subcontinent has left us.
A great loss, unable to express in words. His legendary work, unable to praise in words. May ALLAH bless his soul with forgiveness & in peace. I urge that Coke Studio should hold a Episode in fond remembrance of "King of Ghazals" Mehdi Hassan, Since he is recognized as "a legend" in South Asia region both in Pakistan & India, among Urdu & Hindi speakers.
He was truly a legend. His demise is a great loss to the music lovers in India and Pakistan. May his soul rest in peace
INNA LILLAHI WA-INNA ILAHI RAAJIHON... May ALLAH give you the place in Jannat..
Zindagi Mein To Sabhi Pyaar Kiya Karte Hain .. Main To Marrkar Bhi Meri Jaan Tujhe Chahoonga
I cannot control the tears! A legend has left us! 13/06/2012 marks a great loss to all the sub continental masses! We'll never get another Mehdi Hasan .. May he rests in peace!
A great loss to the music industry though he was not active for quite some time due to to his illness but his sad demise leave music lovers in sorrow and pain. The legend has left behind a treasure of ghazals and geets that had made him immortal. People like Mehdi Hasan are born in centuries and will live through centuries.........
a true ghazal king indeed..his timeless ghazals are always a delight to hear..rest in peace..may god give u highest place in paradise...
One of the saddest day in the history of Music
A loss to the sub continent...We Indians loved him immensely. RIP
Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Elaihe Rajioun May his soul rest in peace
Inna lillahi Wa inna ilaihi Rajioon. He was a true legend by all means. His ghazals laid the foundation for where we are today. A sad loss to the entire nation and to all those who like ghazals......
We will miss Mehdi Hasan, true legend!!! Big loss!!
Rest in peace. You were the finest ghazal singer ever. There never was anyone as gifted as you, and never will be. Thanks for the music.
A sad day for Pakistan. There should be three days of mourning in the country.
Mehdi Hassan Passes Away and the world is a poorer place +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ May his soul rest in eternal peace. The riches that he shared with the world is beyond description.
RIP Mehdi Hasan Sahib, Your Ghazals were truly inspiring and we did not honor you as much as we should have.
May Allah have mercy on him and grant him forgiveness. We thoroughly enjoyed his ghazals and songs. He was truly a legend.
May Allah have mercy on his soul. Ameen
there will never be anyone like him! Salute to the great master.
Sad day for the country.
Another legend leaves Pakistan forever. Rest in Peace !!
May his soul rest in peace. The end of an era in Ghazals/ music in Pakistan.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ)
May his soul rest in peace
اِنَا للہِ وَ اِنَا علیہِ راجِعُون
An era has come to an end.
Allah marhoom ki maghfirat kare jannat-ul-firdous main jaga day - ameen.
Huge loss to all urdu lovers
So sad :( End of an era... May God bless his soul. Ameen
Rest in peace. A truly timeless artist. What a loss for Pakistan - it's a shame that despite being on one of Pakistan's most celebrated artists he was't able to afford treatment abroad.
Indeed an era of great music has ended with him, The Maestro is no more but the legend will live on...
Very sad. His voice will never be forgotten.
inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un!
We have lost a legend today. May his sould rest in peace.
Another Gem from Indian subcontinent back to the lords. Rest in peace.
he is a great gazal singer
May God bless his soul. Ameen
Rest in Peace! We will always remember you & your beautiful songs.