Lata Mangeshkar: Mehdi Hassan is a great loss to music industry

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 4:35:10 by

One of the best-known and most respected playback singers of India, Lata Mangeshkar, has expressed her grief over the death of Pakistani ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan, who passed away this morning at the Agha Khan Hospital in Karachi.

“Demise of Mehdi Hassan is a great loss to music industry”, said Lata while talking to the media. She said it’s a very unfortunate that “Mehdi sahib is not with us anymore.”

Lata, now 82, who made a rare collaboration with Mr Hassan for a song in an album long time back, termed Mr Hassan as an ‘outstanding singer’ and said that the news of his death has left her upset.

Lata took it to her Twitter account and while communicating to her fans she said there was only one Mehdi Hassan and his presence will always be missed in the world of music.

Lata wrote on her Twitter page, “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(sic)”

Born in 1927 in a village called Luna in Rajasthan, Indian, Mehdi Hassan, was often referred to as the Shenshah-e-Ghazal. He was suffering from lung, chest and urinary tracts ailments for the past twelve years but he finally lost his battle in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Agha Khan Hospital today.

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