Mehdi Hasan Niazi gives tribute to ghazal doyen Mehdi Hasan
Mehdi Hasan Niazi is set to release quite a number of his original songs & covers in 2021, including a Ghazal cover - ‘Mujhe Tum Nazar Se’, which was released on the 13th of February, 2021, and presented as a tribute to the legend, “Shahenshah-e-Ghazal”, late Ustad Mehdi Hassan, bringing in thousands of views, streams, etc., from Ghazal and Pakistani music listeners around the world, with a very positive response.
Mehdi Hasan Niazi is an Indian classical & light vocalist / songwriter, and he belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana - one of the oldest and illustrious gharanas of India. He is the son of Ustad Ghulam Siraj Niazi, grandson of late Ustad Ghulam Husain Khan and great-grandson of late Padma Bhushan Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan (the first recipient of the Padma Bhushan). He is also the maternal grandson of late Padma Shri Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mehdi Hasan Niazi started his music training at the age of 7, from his grandfather, late Ustad Ghulam Husain Khan, who passed all the major attributes of the gharana to him. After the demise of Ustad Ghulam Husain Khan, he continued his training under the guidance of his father, Ustad Ghulam Siraj Niazi and his maternal grandfather, late Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan. Alongside, he has been learning from his uncle, Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan as well.
Mehdi Hasan Niazi has set a record by performing the Bada Khayal at the tender age of 9, which is rare in North Indian classical music. Throughout his musical journey, he has shared the stage and performed with many legends and eminent artists, such as Grammy Nominee Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, late Padma Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Padma Bhushan Pandit Rajan & Sajan Misra, Pakistani Folk legend - Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi, Bollywood playback & Ghazal vocalist - Padma Shri Hariharan, Padma Shri Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan, Pandit Kushal Das, Grammy Nominee Shashank Subramanyam, Pandit Subhankar Banerjee, Pandit B.C. Manjunath, Satyajit Talwalkar and many more. He has also collaborated with some of the most renowned artists on multiple music projects, such as Dr. Palash Sen from the band Euphoria, Nitin Malik from Parikrama, Salman Khan Niazi & Zaman Khan from Astitva, Bollywood playback singer - Akhil Sachdeva, YouTube & social media personality/musician - Bhuvan Bam (BB Ki Vines), Gabriel Poustis from Paris, and many more notable artists.
Mehdi Hasan Niazi has shown his versatility by singing and performing Ghazals, as well as playback singing in multiple languages, such as English, Nepali & Punjabi. In 2019, Mehdi Hasan made his official playback debut with the Nepali song - “Ghaat”, composed and music directed by Nagendra Shrestha, which was a huge success in Nepal and among the Nepalese diaspora around the world. In 2020, he released a cover of a classic Bollywood Hindi song, “Aisa Lagta Hai”, which went viral and earned him thousands of followers, views and streams on music streaming platforms, as well as social media platforms.
Mehdi Hasan currently resides in Hong Kong, and has been performing abroad, along with his father, Ustad Ghulam Siraj Niazi.