Alwida Mehdi Hasan sahib…

My oldest memories of listening to Mehdi Hasan sahib date back to school days when we used to listen to his duet with Noorjehan jado teri dunia ton pyar tur jayega, das fer dunia te ki reh jayega on Radio Pakistan, Lahore. Almost every alternate day this song played on Radio Pakistan, Lahore or Islamabad.

I loved Noorjehan’s voice but didn’t know much about Mehdi Hasan. While growing up I became a big fan of Pakistani music and regularly used to listen to it on radio but didn’t know about all the singers.

Years gone by and here I was doing my Engineering in 2000. My roommate was a huge fan of Jagjit Singh and from there I also started listened to some ghazals of Jagjit Singh. I don’t remember how but I started listening to Ghulam Ali and became a huge fan of him. I have listened to Ghulam Ali much more than Jagjit Singh. So that was how I started listening to Ghazals. I had heard a lot about the greatness of Mehdi Hasan but had never listened to him properly.

I think it was 2005 (if i remember correctly) that I listened to ranjish hi sahi and I became an instant fan of his rendition.

Then for quite some time I didnt really listen to Mehdi Hasan sahib. It was until 2007 when I came across one CD titled Mehdi Hasan – 40 immortal Ghazals. Once again I loved Mehdi sahib’s rendition of  Saleem Kauser’s main khiyal hoon kisi aur ka. That continued for quite some time but again only one ghazal.

Then came a time in 2007 or 2008 when I was alone for almost 2 months. All of my roommates either moved abroad or to some other cities in India. I was already his fan but now being alone gave me a plenty of time to listen to him. That was when I became his huge huge admirer. His style and handling of ghazals was so different from everyone else and just amazing. It was a different world. The CD I mentioned above had live versions of main khiyal hoon kisi aur ka, abke hum bichde & go zara si baat par. 

For complete 2 months, daily evenings were enlightened by magic of these three ghazals. Then started the journey to other gems like ranjish hi sahi (once again), main hosh mein tha, shola tha jal bujha hoon, yeh dhuaan sa kahan se uth-ta hai amoungst others. This journey continues till date while exploring the different live versions of his ghazals. He was, remains and will remain the king of ghazal singing. His style, the way he rendered poetry and his command on ghazal singing are absolutely magical. Now that he is no more with us, an era has ended. This void will never be filled. There is no one and there will be no one who can sing like him. There was and will be only one Mehdi Hasan. His music will remain alive with us for ever. I think the best tribute to him would be to listen to and remember the beautiful music he created make the coming generations aware of his magic. It is a sad day. I have no words to explain the feeling of loss that all the music lovers must be going through. Perhaps Faraz sahib aptly put it: ab ke hum bichde to shayad kabhi khwabon mein milein

We will miss you Mehdi Hasan sahib…may your soul rest in peace.

 

tujh ko aate hi nahi chuppne ke andaaz abhi

Wonderful poetry by Tabassum saab. Mehdi Hasan rendered this ghazal. Listen it here on pz10.

tujh ko aate hi nahi chuppne ke andaaz abhi
mere seene mein hai larzan teri avaaz abhi
(larzan=trembling)

us ne dekha hi nahi dard ka aagaaz abhi
ishq ko apni tamannaon pe hai naaz abhi

tujh ko manzil pe pahunchane ka hai daava ham-dam
mujh ko  anjaam nazar aata hai aagaaz abhi

kis qadar gosh-bar-avaaz hai khamoshi-e-shab
koi naala ke hai fariyaad ka dar-baaz koi
(gosh=ear, naala=loud cry, dar-baaz=open door)

mere chehre ki hansi rang-e-shikasta mera
tere ashkon mein ‘Tabassum’ ka hai andaaz abhi
(rang-e-shikasta=color of defeat)

rafta rafta woh meri

One of the most popular ghazal of Mehdi Hasan. Its written by Tasleem Fazli.

rafta rafta woh meri hasti ka samaan ho gaye
pehle jaan phir jaan-e-jaan fer jaan-e-jaana ho gaye

din-ba-din badti gai us husan ki raanaiyan
pehle gul fir gul-badan fir gul-badaama ho gaye
rafta rafta woh meri hasti ka samaan ho gaye
(raanai=beauty)

aap to nazdik se nazdik-tar aate gaye
pehle dil fir dil-ruba fir dil ke mehmaan ho gaye
rafta rafta woh meri hasti ka samaan ho gaye

main hosh mein tha

A masterpiece by Mehdi Hasan:

main hosh mein tha to phir us pe mar gaya kaise
yeh zeher mere lahoo mein utar gaya kaise

kuch us ke dil mein lagawat zaroor thi warna
woh mera haath daba ke guzar gaya kaise
(lagawat – affection, love)

zaroor us ki tawajoh ki rehbari ho gi
nashe mein tha to main apne hi ghar gaya kaise
(rehbar – guide, tawajoh – liking, close attention)

jise bhulaye kai saal ho gaye ‘Kamil’
main aaj us ki gali se guzar gaya kaise…

I am not sure about the name of the writer. Is it Rashid Kamil or someone else. If anybody has an idea, please do leave a comment.

Update : As per few sources online & also by the comment on this post, I came to know that it has been written by Kamil Chandpuri.

yaaro kisi kaatil se…

This one is sung by Mehdi Hassan. Simply awesome. Very simple wording and just beautiful. At the moment I don’t know the name of the poet. Will try to find out.

yaaro kisi kaatil se kabi pyar na mango
apne hi gale ke liye talwaar na mango

gir jauge tum apne maseeha ki nazar se
mar kar bhi ilaaz-e-dil-e-bimar na mango

sach baat pe milta hai sada zeher ka pyala
jeena hai to fir jurrat-e-izhaar na mango

khul jayega is tarah nigahon ka bharam bhi
kaanton se kabhi phool ki mehkaar na mango

us cheez ka kya zikar jo mumkin hi nahi hai
sehra mein kabhi saya-e-dewaar na mango

ranjish hi sahi…

One of my favourite. Its written by Ahmed Faraz. Sung by many singers but the one by Mehdi Hasan is just awesome. Listen it here.

ranjish hi sahi dil hi dukhaane k liye a
a phir se mujhe chod k jaane k liye a

pehle se marasim na sahi phir bhi kabhi to
rasm-o-rahe dunia hi nibhane k liye a
(marasim-relationship)

kis kis ko batayenge judai ka sabab hum
tu mujh se khafa hai to zamane k liye a

kuch to mere pindaar-e-mohabbat ka bharam rakh
tu bhi to kabhi mujh ko manane k liye a
(pindaar-pride,self-esteem)

ek umar se hun lazzat-e-giriya se bhi maharum
ai rahat-e-jaan mujh ko rulane k liye a
(giriya-crying)

ab tak dil-e-khush-faham ko tujh se hai umeedein
yeh aakhri shamein bhi bujhane k liye a

Few more stanazas written by Talib Baghpati on the same rythm. Mehdi Hassan almost always sings along with the original ghazal.

mana k mohabbat ka chipana hai mohabbat
chupke se kisi roz jatane k liye a

jaise tujhe aate hain na aane k bahane
aise hi kisi roz na jaane k liye a…