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What was the magic of Mehdi Hassan? Any lover of Ghazal is familiar with Mehdi Hassan, and his skill and prowess in Ghazal singing is the dominating influence of the art-form. What was it about his style and technique that earned him such acclaim? Dawn.com asks the experts why Mehdi Hassan is called the "Shehenshah of Ghazal."

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touqir hussain
Jun 29, 2012 12:16pm
Touqir Hussain There are million ways in which he could be praised. Here is one way. All the poets whose poetry he sang over a period of half a century could not imagine in the wildest of their dreams that one day a singer would give ultimate expression to their deepest emotions such as no one else could. In so doing he was not only a great singer but also in my view a great poet. One of a kind genius.
Aamir Shah
Jul 02, 2012 02:07am
very well said. Indeed poetry can only be appreciated when it is understood and rendered in a way that brings out all the emptions hidden in the world, and singing is it. Khan Sahib was indeed a master at the Art.
Jun 28, 2012 09:22pm
May Allah rest his soul in peace. There is only one Khan Sahib Mehdi Hassan. He was not only a Shahenshah e Ghazal but Shahenshah e Mousiqee.