After 12 years suffering from the long illness, the Legendary Ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan has left us. It’s the end of an era, just after Jagjit Singh’s demise last year, Shahanshah-e-Ghazal - Mehdi Hasan Sahib has passed away this year on 13th June 2012, He was suffering from a Lung disease.
Mohabbat karney waley kum na hongey, teri duniya mein magar hum naa hongey. — Mehdi Hassan
His music soared above the borders, He was equally loved in both nations India and Pakistan. We would like to share this Letter to Mehdi Hasan from the former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee which he wrote on June 5, 2001.
On his demise, Lata Mangeshkar wrote on her twitter handle:
aaj bohot bade ghazal gayak kalaakar mehedi hassan sahab hamare bich nahi rahe,mujhe is baat bohot dukh hai,gazal gaayki ke kshetra mein unhone bohot bada parivartan laaya,aaj gazal unke jaane se ghazal ki bohot nadi haani hui hai, ab un jaisa kalakar phir se aana mushkil hai,wo bohot bade shastriya sangeet ke gayak bhi the,aur unke gaane me rajasthan ke sangeet ki khushboo bhi thi,unhone mere liye kuch gaane banaaye the, unme se hi ek ghazal maine jo unhone mujhe gaake bheji thi, uska maine duet karke record kiya tha,un ke saath mera ye ek hi gaana hai, main ishwar se prarthana karti hun, ki mehedi sahab ki aatma ko woh shaanti pradan karein,
Tera Milna Bada Achha Lage Hai from album Sarhadein (2011):
Lata Mangeshkar paid tribute to him, with this Ghazal. This is the only song of Lata Mangeshkar which she has sung with Mehdi Hassan.
Artists Expressed their grief on Legend Mehdi Hassan’s demise:
Mehdi Hassan moves on & lives forever. Leaving us with a legacy of music,magic,memories and so much more than words can describe.
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) June 13, 2012
memories of my mom cooking in a grimy kitchen as it rained outside, while mehdi hassan floated out of a Beltek 2 in 1.
— SHAH RUKH KHAN (@iamsrk) June 13, 2012
The Tall Stallwart of Ghazals Mehdi saheb finally left us. May his soul rest in peace. He suffered for last 12 years but has lived his life like an Emperor. The legacy he has left is incomparable to any. And he’s loved me whenever we met, immensely. Till we meet again Sir.
— Sonu Nigam (@sonuniigaam) June 13, 2012
Sonu Nigam also shared a video of him with the Mehdi Hassan Sahab
Saddened beyond comprehension. Jagjit ji, now Mehdi Sa’ab. The voices who kept the legacy of ghazals alive and how, are gone..
— Shreya Ghoshal (@shreyaghoshal) June 13, 2012
Most remember him as Shahanshah-e-ghazal but Mehdi Hasan who had Rajasthani roots was a maestro beyond!Dhrupad,Khayal& my fav Mand’s ! RIP
— Sona Mohapatra (@sonamohapatra) June 13, 2012
This is it! The end of the real ghazal era! The most effortless singer, the synonym of Ghazal, Mehdi Hasan is no more!What a loss! R.I.P Sir
— papon angaraag (@paponmusic) June 13, 2012
Mehndi Hasan-Saab, RIP. You were the absolute king of Ghazals. This is a terrible loss to music.
— VISHAL DADLANI (@V1SH4L) June 13, 2012
T 773 – Deeply pained to learn of the passing away of Mehndi Hasan, in Pakistan .. a vocalist of immense fame and unique sonorous voice ..
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 13, 2012
RIP #Mehdi Hassan saab, huge loss to the world of music…your Voice is immortal though.
— Shankar Mahadevan (@Shankar_Live) June 13, 2012