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Google Doodle pays tribute to Pakistan’s legendary ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan

Commemorating what would've been his 91st birthday, Google paid tribute to Pakistan's legendary ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan on Wednesday. Known as Sultan or Shahenshah Of Ghazal, Mehdi Hassan was born on July 18, 192t in a village called "Luna" in Rajasthan, India. His father and uncle were dhrupad singers, and the young Mehdi Hassan sang dhrupad and kheyal in his first concert. The family migrated to Pakistan after Partition. He landed his first musical performance on Radio Pakistan in 1957, singing thumris. After…

This British singer’s rendition of ‘Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo’ will take you to another world!

British singer Tanya Wells is not a new name when it comes to lovers of ghazal and Urdu poetry in India and Pakistan. Her rendition of Faiz Ahmed Faiz's ghazals and Saghar Siddiqui's Dama Dam Mast Qalandar has already won hearts of fans in the subcontinent but these days a video of her singing Fayyaz Hashmi's "Aaj Jaane ki Zid Na Karo" is going viral on social media. Originally from London, Tanya had spent several childhood years in India where language, diverse music and culture informed the ears and imagination of…

Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s 31st death anniversary being marked today

Urdu language's famous poet, author and journalist Faiz Ahmad Faiz was an inspirational human being. Blending his words with pearls of eloquence, Faiz Ahmad Faiz was born on 13th February, 1911 in Sialkot. After Allama Iqbal and Mirza Ghalib, Faiz is ranked by many as Urdu's leading poet.