Habib Wali Muhammad passes away at 90

Trained by Ustad Latafat Ali Khan, Habib rose to fame after the release of his song “Lagta nahi hai dil mera”

Web Desk September 04, 2014

KARACHI: Famed singer Habib Wali Muhammad passed away on Thursday at the age of 90, after being treated for his illness in Los Angeles for the past few days, Express News reported. 

Born in 1921 in Rangoon - present day Myanmar, Habib's family later moved to Mumbai. Though he belonged to an industrialist family, he always showed keen interest in music. He also won a singing competition in Mumbai which had more than 1,200 participants. His family later moved to Pakistan in 1947.

Habib was trained by Ustad Latafat Ali Khan in formal singing and rose to fame after the release of his song “Lagta nahi hai dil mera” which was a poem of Bahadur Shah Zafar. Other famous songs of Habib include “Kab mera nasheman ahl-e-chaman” and “Gulshan mein gawara karte hain”.

He also sang numerous patriotic songs as well as a few tunes for the film industry.


Manoj Jha | 6 years ago | Reply

I think one of the finest voices from the Subcontinent... Habib Sahib was so much part of many of us in our generation. But, he shall remain with us forever.

Poor Indian | 6 years ago | Reply

Habib sahib - among the very best singers of the sub-continent and my special favourite. On my only trip to Karachi, my shopping comprised only Habib sahib's songs. Surprisingly, music shops in Clifton had music of Indian singers but nothing from this maestro.Eventually found my way to Sadar Bazar and bought all the CDs available at the shop.

RIP Habib Wali Muhammad. There will never be another like you.

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