Mehdi Hassan Khan

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Full NameMehdi Hassan Khan
Date of Birth18 July 1927
Place of BirthLuna, Rajputana Agency, British India (present-day Rajasthan, India)
Date of Death13 June 2012
Place of DeathKarachi, Sindh, Pakistan
OccupationSinger, music composer
Years Active1957–1999
Awards– Pride of Performance (1985)
– 9 Nigar Awards for Best Male Playback Singer
Honours– Nishan-e-Imtiaz (2012)
– Hilal-e-Imtiaz (2010)
– Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (2004)
Musical GenresGhazal
Musical InstrumentsVocals
Notable NicknameShahenshah-e-Ghazal (Emperor of Ghazal)
Early LifeBorn into a family of traditional musicians in India, Hassan began training in classical music at age eight. He migrated to Pakistan after the partition of India.
Musical TrainingReceived training in classical singing forms of dhrupad, dadra, thumri, and khayal from his father and uncle.
Career Highlights– Known for his haunting baritone voice
– Sang for over 300 films during his career
– Influenced generations of singers in diverse genres

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