If you like listening to ghazals, Mehdi Hassan should definitely be on the top of your list. His ghazals of unrequited love remind us of lost companions and his velvety voice brings out that searing pain that’s hard to ignore. Renowned singer Lata Mangeshkar called his voice the ‘Voice of God’ and his soulful renditions of ghazals still remain unmatched.
Respectfully referred to as Shahanshah-e-Ghazal, Mehdi Hassan’s voice crossed borders and he received immense love and respect from both India and Pakistan. His music added new layers and depth to ghazals and his passing united his grieving fans from both countries. He was a true Renaissance man.
Here are 15 ghazals that Mehdi Hassan made immortal with his voice:
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