Born into a family of musicians (on 18th July 1927) in a small village in Rajasthan, Mehdi was trained by his father and uncle.
Rafta Rafta Woh Meri
He claimed to be the 16th generation of hereditary musicians hailing from the Kalawant clan of musicians.
Ab Ke Hum Bichhde
His first break came in 1957 when he got the opportunity to sing a thumri number for Radio Pakistan.
Dil-e-Naadaan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai
The talented singer had an interest in Urdu poetry and slowly started experimenting with ghazals early in his career.
Dil Ki Baat Labon Par Laakar
The singer is seen here with another great singer, Talat Mehmood.
Garmi-e-Hasrate Nakaam Se Jal Jaate Hain
His unique style of presenting Urdu couplets and giving a classical touch to soulful music made him the emperor of ghazals.
Patta Patta Boota Boota
He has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions: 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.
Mein Khayal Hun Kisi Aur Ka
Following a severe illness in the late 80s, Mehdi Hassan stepped down from playback singing.
Tu Meri Zindagi Hei
Lata Mangeshkar had once said that Mehdi Hassan’s songs were ‘voice of God’. The two brilliant singers had collaborated for a mesmerizing number called ‘Tera Milana’ in 2010.
Mujhe Tum Nazar Se Giraa To Rahe Ho
Stalwarts like Jagjit Singh and Talat Aziz were his disciples.