Karachi: Legendary singer and King of Gazal Mehdi Hassan was laid to rest today (Friday) at the Shah Muhammad Shah graveyard of the port city after his funeral prayer offered at Al-Noor Society.
Large number of his fans, politicians, television and film actors, civil society members and Karachiites attended funeral prayers.
The Gazal maestro passed away on Wednesday after protracted illness. He was 85. Mehdi Hassan was born in Luna village in Rajasthan in 1927. His father Ustad Azeem Khan and uncle Ustad Ismail Khan were renowned classical musicians who trained Hassan in music.
After his family migrated to Pakistan, he tried his hand at a few professions but once he started getting acknowledged as a singer, he decided to adopt it as a career. He was a trend setter in ghazal singing. Many singers followed him throughout the Subcontinent. Mehdi Hassan left nine sons, five daughters and thousands of fans behind him.