Rich tributes were paid to legendary singer Mehdi Hassan at a condolence reference organised by the Rawalpindi Arts Council on Sunday.
Senator Najma Hameed was the chief guest and Al-Fankar Academy President Shahzad Sanam was the host for the event.
Senator Hameed said Hassan’s passing away came as a terrible shock to the world of music.
“We have lost and a precious asset of the nation. A man of manners, and a great singer who was so versatile his range extended over ghazals, songs and all raags,” she stated.
Many at the event termed Hassan an unparalleled singer — a true maestro when it came to ghazals, singing them with a semi-classical touch.
Dr Shuja, a close friends of Hassan, revealed some facts from Hassan’s life narrating how, to make ends meet, Hasan started working at a bicycle shop and later became a car and diesel tractor mechanic.
Despite the hardships, his passion for music did not wither and he kept practicing on a daily basis and went on to start his singing career at Radio Pakistan in 1957.
Mehfooz Khokhar ran through some of Hassan’s accolades, noting he was honoured with the ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’, the ‘Pride of Performance’ and the ‘Hilal-e-Imtiaz’ by the government of Pakistan, along with the ‘Gorkha Dakshina Bahu’ from the government of Nepal, the Nigar Film and Graduate Awards and the ‘Tamgha-e-Sehgal’ in Jalandhar, India.
Later, singers Jahangir Baber, AM Qureshi, Musarat Jabeen and Shahanshah Niazi sang some of Hassans most famous ghazals to pay tributes to the celebrated singer.
Published in The Express Tribune, 25th, 2012.
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