Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Kindgom of Ghazals loses its King

After Jagjit Singh another golden voice has departed from the world of Ghazal with Mehdi Hassan's demise.

Mehdi Hassan (July 18, 1927 - June 13, 2012)
Born into a family of traditional musicians, Mehdi Hassan was the 16th generation of hereditary musicians hailing from the Kalawant clan of musicians. He started performing at a young age and the first concert of 'dhrupad' and 'kheyal' with his elder brother is reported to have been held in Fazilka Bungla.

After the Partition of India, 20-year-old Hassan and his family migrated to Pakistan and suffered severe financial hardships Mehdi started working in Chichawatni, in a bicycle shop. He later became a car and diesel tractor mechanic.Hassan's passion for music however was never deterred by his personal struggles. Hassan's struggles gradually ceased after receiving an the opportunity to sing on Radio Pakistan in 1957, primarily as a 'Thumri' singer, which earned him recognition within the musical fraternity.

Mehdi Hassan is a recipient of multiple prestigious awards and honours: the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz granted to him by Gen Ayub Khan; the Pride of Performance bestowed on him by Gen Ziaul Haq; and the Hilal-i-Imtiaz conferred by Gen Pervez Musharraf. he received the Saigal Award in Jalandhar, India, in 1979, and the Gorkha Dakshina Bahu Award was given to him in Nepal in 1983.

This Indian born Pakistani Ghazal maestro breathed his last after battling with a prolonged illness on on 13 June 2012.

- by Parmita Borah

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Parmita Borah
Parmita Borah is a professional blogger and flash fiction writer. Her works have been featured in websites like Femina, Collegespeaks and Fried Eye.
Jim Ankan Deka
Jim Ankan is a musician, documentary film maker and photographer. He is the director of Bangalore based music organisation Eastern Fare Music Foundation.

Parmita Borah
Parmita Borah is a professional blogger and flash fiction writer. Her works have been featured in websites like Femina, Collegespeaks and Fried Eye. Previously she worked with organisations like On-Mobile Global Limited, IBM and Honeywell. She conducts creative writing workshops and web content writing bootcamps @ Skrybble.

Samriddhi Tanti
Samriddhi Tanti is currently pursuing a masters programme in English literature from the University of Delhi, and writing as a professional freelancer. She has an innate passion for reading and listening to music of a varied range of genres. She is a blogger and a past contributor of a regional newspaper. Her interest encourages her to connect as extensively as possible to opportunities related to varied genres of literary work, music and human rights (which are areas of her experience). She loves travelling, cooking, getting involved in voluntary work and has an ardent fascination for painting, mythology, art history and a few other areas.


Jim Ankan Deka
Jim Ankan is a musician, documentary film maker, and self taught website designer all rolled into one. He is a workaholic and loves his computer. He is presently the director of Eastern Fare Music Foundation. He has been recently awarded a membership at the International Press Association.

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