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Mehdi Hasan’s Top 20

Raza Rumi

Mehdi Hasan died today. There are no words to capture his influence on my generation and the ones before me. I am posting a shorter version of my essay which was published in a volume “Mehdi Hasan: The Man and His Music” (2010, Liberty Books). RIP Khan Saheb. The kesari balam has finally left for his new home.. ~ (Read more here)

My friend Fifi Haroon (@FifiHaroon) tweeted the best of Mehdi Hasan. Saadia gardezi has compiled them and posted here for our readers. Let us celebrate Mehdi Hasan’s great legacy!

Pyar bharey do sharmiley nain (Chahat, 1974)

Thehra hae sama (Amber, 1978)

Kabhi main sochta houn (Aina, 1977)

Terey bheegay badan ki khushboo (Sharafat, 1975)

Rafta rafta wo meri hasti ka samaan (Zeenat, 1975)

Zindagi main to sabhi pyar kiya kartay hain (Azmat, 1973)

Aik baar chaley Aao (Aik Raat, 1972)

Ranjish hi sahi (Mohabbat, 1972)

Raqs Zanjeer pehan kar bhi (Zerqa, 1969)  lyrics by Habeeb Jalib

Jab koi pyaar say bulaye ga (Zindagi kitni haseen hae, 1969)

Bohat yaad ayen ge wo din (Aneela, 1969)

Iq sitam aur meri jaan (Saiqa, 1968)

Baat Karni mujhey mushkil (‘Shareek-e-Hayat 1968)

Mohabat karney waley Kam na hongay, teri mehfil may lekin hum na hongay (A very young Mehdi Hassan)

Humsay badal gaya wo nigahen (Dil-e-betaab)

Mujhey Tum nazar say (Doraha, 1967)

Dil Diya Dard Liya (Lakhon main Aik, 1967)

Meray Dil kay taar (Payal Ki jhankar, 1966)

Khudawanda Yeh kaisi aag si Jalti hae (Lori, 1966)

Gulon may rang bharey, (Farangi, 1964)

(List thanks to Fifi Haroon)

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9 Responses to "Mehdi Hasan’s Top 20"

  1. Fingolfin India Google Chrome Windows says:

    RIP Hasan Saheb. you will be missed.

  2. Faisal Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    You Missed one of the Ghazal

    Kubako phail gai baat shanasai ki

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEDe52fExq8

  3. Sachbol United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    RIP!
    I had the pleasure of meeting him at a private gathering.

  4. Kamath. Canada Safari iPad says:

    I wonder what the status of Classical Music in Pakistan is today ! I hope Pakistan government alotts some grants for the musicians and artistes!

  5. Chote Miyan United States Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

    RIP Ustad Ji. Your music will be sorely missed.

  6. Mithhoo Pakistan Internet Explorer Windows says:

    RIP Ustad Ji

    We will miss you

  7. Sardar KHAN United Kingdom Internet Explorer Windows says:

    What a great man?I pray to Allaha to give him a place in Paradise,Ameen.

  8. ahem Germany Internet Explorer Windows says:

    to sardar khan

    I hope Mehdi Hasan does not end up in (arab) allah’s paradise. It is full of terrorists, suicide killers and fascists who hate music.

    Mehdi Hasan never called himself an arab, did he? Did he claim to have arab blood in his veins?

  9. Hyder Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Please post alternative links. You tube is blocked in Pakistan.

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