The distinguished singer and soz khwan of Pakistani music industry Mehnaz Begum died on 19th January 2013 during her stopover in Bahrain. Mehnaz was suffering from a respiratory diseases and she used to visit United States intermittently her treatment. The legendary singer was on her way to US when her condition got worsened in Bahrain where she died in a hospital.
The master of classical genres like ghazal, thumri and dadra was born in 1958 and started her sky toughing career in seventies. Mehnaz got her initial training in music from her mother while her father was also a popular soz khwan. The singer who entered film industry as a playback singer in seventies became an instant hit due to her mellifluous voice. Her control over sur gave her a stable position in the industry and soon she was the most popular name among all the music composers and moviegoers.
The talented singer sang many hit and evergreen chartbusters like Mujhe dil se na Bhulana from film ‘Aina’, Kyun Roi Shehnai from ‘Haider Ali’ and Do Piyase Dil Ek Huay from ‘Bandish’. Surrayya Bhopali was among the first films that Mehnaz sang for and Zeba Bakhtiar’s Babu was her last film as a playback singer.
Her loss was a huge loss to the Pakistani classical industry. The lady who was among the legends of Ghazal singing will always be remembered for her rendition of ghazal ‘Ab ke tajdeed-i-wafa ka nahin imkaan’.