Google has paid homage to our legendary singer Mehdi Hasan on his birthday, who would have turned 91 if had been alive; though he still lives within us, today, through a doodle as the clock ticked 12 at midnight.
Google often commemorates personalities of prominence around the world by changing its doodle on its home page, before him other Pakistani celebrities like Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Noor Jehan, Nazia Hassan also were also paid honor.
“Sultan of Ghazal” Mehdi Hasan was born on 18th July, 1927 in a village “Luna”, Rajasthan, India, then later migrated to Pakistan after the partition in 1947.
Mehdi Hasan, renowned for his ghazals throughout the world, had had his first career breakthrough when he first sang Thumri, classical song, which went on-air in Radio Pakistan in 1957, which had earned him recognition and prominence as the best singer in the region.
Ranjish hy Sahy, Aik Bus Tu Hy To Nahi, Patta Patta, Boota Boota; Dil-E-Nadan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai arefew of his all-time hits. He also performed as a playback singer in more than 300 movies during his musical career. Lata Mangeshkar, a well-reputed Indian singer, also complimented him that “Bhagwan talks in his throat”.
Government of Pakistan had honored him by awarding numerous accolades and recognition, including Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz and others.
Hassan said goodbye to the world on June 13, 2012 after suffering from prolonged illness in a hospital in Karachi.