Zindagi Main To Sabhi - WaziF
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A GREAT era of ghazal singing has come to an end with the death of Ustad Mehdi Hassan Khan saheb on June 13. Whole music world, singers, poets and ordinary listers are grieved. Being an ardent fan and his lover I can’t describe the pain. He has died but his voice will always remain among us. Here’s a little introduction of this legend:
Mehdi Hassan, (died aged 84), Indian subcontinent’s outstanding male exponent of the ghazal, a form of sung Urdu lyric verse, set to the appropriate raga melodies. Urdu poetry, which springs from the Persian, is filled with pathos, yearning, political and social injustice, loss, unrequited love and pleasure. Hassan evoked these with rare mastery, which is why devotees and eager students flocked to hear him from far and wide. It is claimed that he sang more than 50,000 ghazals during his lifetime, becoming known as the “emperor of the ghazal”.
Born into a family of kalawants (professional musicians) in the village of Luna, now in the state of Rajasthan, he was taught by his father, Azeem Khan, and uncle, Ismail Khan. Dhrupad, an ancient, austere musical style, was their forte and they instilled it in the boy. While still in his teens, Hassan was recognised as a rising talent and was invited to sing for the maharajahs (King) of Jaipur and Baroda States.
However, in 1947 came independence and the creation of Pakistan, and the future of the Indian princes, upon whom the musicians were traditionally reliant, became insecure. Hassan’s family, who were Muslims, migrated to Pakistan. The new country was in turmoil and there was no opening for a young man whose only trade was music. Hassan managed to get a job in a bicycle shop and graduated to become a tractor driver and mechanic. But at night, he persevered with his vocal exercises.
He soon realised that the Pakistani people had an appetite for the ghazal, so he applied himself assiduously to the study of Urdu, particularly Urdu poetry. With his knowledge of ragas and the sentiments associated with them, he discovered that he had a tremendous advantage as a composer who could marry verses to melodies.
Hassan first appeared on Radio Pakistan in 1952 and after that, his success was meteoric. Leading poets such as Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Ahmad Faraz and Qateel Shifai were happy to have their verses set to haunting music and sung by him. Hassan was now associated with the literary and musical elite. His voice featured on the soundtrack of many Pakistani films, and ghazal singers on both sides of the border paid homage to him.
Hassan thus became an abiding cultural bridge between India and Pakistan. He often returned to visit the village of his birth. His popularity in India was immense, and whenever he performed there he was heaped with garlands and gifts and showered with awards. The Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar, with whom he recorded a duet in 2009, compared his singing to “the voice of a god”.
He toured the world to packed auditoriums. His visit to the Hindu kingdom of Nepal was particularly memorable. The King liked his singing and also given Gorkha Dakshina Bahu Award. Other prominent awards given are 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. Besides the Nigar Film and Graduate Awards from Pakistan, he was presented the Saigal Award in Jalandhar, India, in 1979.
For the last few years Hassan had been in poor health. He was twice married. Both his wives predeceased him. He is survived by nine sons and five daughters. Here are some quotes from prominent figures:
“An icon who mesmerised music lovers” – Prime Minister of Pakistan
Lata Mangeshkar once described his voice as the Voice of God and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a great fan of his melodies.
Mehdi Hassan will remain alive in people’s hearts. – Ghulam Ali
Deeply pained to learn of the passing away of Mehdi Hassan in Pakistan…. a vocalist of immense fame and unique sonorous voice. – Amitabh Bachchan
I had the privilege of introducing him when he first came to Mumbai for his concert in 1978. Who can ever forget the moment he started singing, “Gulon mein rang bhare. Baad-e-naubahaar chale”. – Gulzar
Mehdi Hassan’s death marked an end of an epoch in the subcontinent’s music history. No one will ever be able to fill the vacuum created by his demise. – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu
There will never be another Mehdi Hasan. – Various artistes
Presenting my humble tribute to the legend from movie “Azmat-1973” – “Zindagi Main to Sabhi Pyar Kiya Karte Hain” which was a hit and sung by various artist later on but the original taste never diminished. This was also sung as ghazal style by Khan saheb and I’ve given a little touch here too. Hope you’d like it. Thanks
by Dj Wazif
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