Arts, Culture & Media

Legendary Pakistani Singer Mehdi Hassan Dies at 84


Legendary Pakistani singer Mehdi Hassan passed away Wednesday in Pakistan. (Photo: dries_k/

Across India and Pakistan, millions are mourning the death of Pakistani singer Mehdi Hassan. He was 84. Poor health had largely kept him from recording and performing for the past 20 years.

Player utilities

Listen to the Story.

Mehdi Hassan sang several styles of South Asian music, but he was known as the "King of Ghazal." Legendary Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar said that Mehdi Hassan sang with the "voice of God." And there's certainly a divine quality to his voice.

The World's Arun Rath has this appreciation.