Mehdi Hassan was given an opportunity to sing on Radio Pakistan in 1953‚ primarily as a thumri singer‚ which earned him recognition within the musical fraternity. At that time‚ Mehdi Hassan also had a passion for Urdu poetry and began to experiment by singing ghazals on part-time basis.
Mehdi Hassan ruled Pakistani film industry for a long time. 1962 was a lucky year for him when his three songs were a hit. His all time hit Ghazal Gullon mein rang bharay... in film Farangi in 1964 gave him breakthrough as playback singer. His peak period was in the 1970s.
Following a severe illness in the late 80s‚ Mehdi Hassan stepped down from playback singing. Later due to severity of his illness he completely departed from music.
Radio Pakistan arranged several musical events to pay tributes to the legendary singer during his life time.
The last one was held in Lahore on 6 February this year.
Mehdi Hassan received numerous awards and recognitions. These include the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz ; the Pride of Performance ; and the Hilal-i-Imtiaz . Besides Nigar Film and Graduate Awards from Pakistan‚ he was recipient of the Saigal Award in Jalandhar‚ India‚ in 1979 and the Gorkha Dakshina Bahu Award in Nepal in 1983.
In their separate condolence messages‚ they said that the vacuum created by death of Mehdi Hassan the field of music will not be filled long.
Speaking National Assembly‚ Dr Fehmida Mirza‚ Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi‚ Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira‚ Sindh Governor and Chief Minister have also condoled the dealth of Mehdi Hassan.