Friday, May 28, 2010


By Muhammad Mahtab Bashir

Shunning the notion federal capital as culturally dormant city, a flood of Islooiites at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) received 85 years old ailing Mehdi Hassan- a living legend in ghazal singing known as ‘King Of Ghazal’, and a former playback singer for Lollywood.

Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) arranged three day ‘Ghazal Festival’ and hosted a red carpet reception on Saturday night in honour of Mehdi Hassan, to pay tribute to his illustrious career in ghazal singing and to promote ghazal singing for generation to come.

Filled with euphoria, people from all walks of life majority of them included singers, actors, musicians, writers, poets, diplomats, government officials and students, received Shahanshah-e-Ghazal (the King of Ghazal) in a ‘Royal Reception’ who entered PNCA premises riding in a traditional Buggy.

Culture secretary, Moinul Islam Bokhari, PNCA chief Tauqir Nasir, Lok Virsa ED, Khalid Javed and CDA official Mustafain Kazmi were among the prominent persons on the occasion.

Scores of girls and boys dressed in a variety of regional costumes showered rose petals with a welcome tunes in a background ‘Ye Watan Tumhara Hay- Tum Ho Pasbaan Iskay”- a national song sung by Mehdi Hassan, who was on wheelchair. A number of flower bouquet were presented to Khan sahib from member of various organizations.

Addressing in a 412-seated packed auditorium, Secretary culture, Moinul Islam Bokhari in his inaugural address said that culture ministry has arranged this ‘Ghazal Festival’ to pay homage and tribute to Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan who is an asset for the country. “With the bad health, Mehdi Hassan managed to come here and it is indeed an ecstatic moment for all of us, and made this night a memorable,” Bokhari said adding Mehdi Hassan is the undisputed master of the Ghazal, who has left such an indelible mark in the field of Ghazal gayaki that almost all the ghazal singers of today are influenced by him.

PNCA Director General Tauqir Nasir said that it was a dream of PNCA to host a reception to pay tribute to the services of living legend Mehdi Hassan made in Ghazal singing. “It is a dream come true and Khan sahib are among us as he is the hero (groom of the night),” Nasir said.

He said today we would also celebrate the recovery of health of Mehdi Hassan as well. “He is an asset for the nation and we must acknowledge, respect and recognise the classical singing and expertise of Khan sahib. He is one in a millions,” PNCA DG said.

Paying rich tribute to the services of the music maestro, Nasir said that Mehdi Hassan has given a unique style to ghazal- singing in the sub-continent, and his rich voice has touched the hearts of all listeners through decades. “Khan sahib is like a stream and the flow of that stream makes way for itself. We have to let that stream flowing and make it sure our next generation would take benefit out of the water of this stream, Nasir concluded.

CDA member administration, Syed Mustafain Kazmi on the occasion said that CDA is proud to announce that Shakarparian Theatre is going to be dedicated by the name of Mehdi Hassan- a classical music prodigy.

Later, Sara Raza, Barar Niazi, Javed Niazi, Ali Raza, Muhammad Ali, Nadeem Abbas Loonewala, Asid Mehdi, Humaira Channa and Ghulam Abbas sung classical ghazals previously sung by Mehdi Hassan. Over 30 ghazal singers all over the country, performed ghazal recitation at National Art Gallery (NAG) during three day festival. ‘The Ghazal Festival’ concluded on March 24 (Monday).

It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in 2008, announced Rs 50,000 per month life-time assistance for the legendary singer Mehdi Hassan, who is still suffering from ill health caused by a paralytic stroke, terming him an asset to the country who had earned a great name for Pakistan and the people and the country.


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