Remembering what would’ve been his 91st birthday, Google paid tribute to Pakistan’s ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan on Wednesday.
Known as Sultan or Shahenshah Of Ghazal, Mehdi Hassan was born on July 18, 1927 out of a town called “Luna” in Rajasthan, India. His father and uncle were dhrupad singers, and the youthful Mehdi Hassan sang dhrupad and kheyal in his first show. The family moved to Pakistan after Partition.
He handled his first musical performance on Radio Pakistan in 1957, singing thumris. From that point onward, he never thought back, going ahead to sing ghazals. He is generally viewed as the best ghazal singers ever. Aaye Kuchh Abr Kuchh Sharaab Aaye; Patta, Boota; Dil-E-Nadan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai and Dil Ki Baat Labon Par Laakar are among the his unsurpassed hits.