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Paying homage to one of the most prominent figures of Pakistan’s music industry, Google has made an official ‘Doodle’ to commemorate Mehdi Hassan on his 91st birthday.

The maestro, who passed away in 2012 after a prolonged illness in Karachi, gained prominence after his debut performance on Radio Pakistan in 1957, primarily as a thumri singer, which earned him major recognition.

The singer’s subsequent list of successes knew no bounds and his songs such as ‘Ranjish Hi Sahi,’ ‘Patta Patta’, ‘Dil-E-Nadan’, and ‘Dil Ki Baat Labon Par Laakar’ grew to become cult-classics.

Mehdi Hassan was honoured with numerous awards including Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, and thus, had been coined as the national ghazal maestro of the nation.

In the past, Google also paid tribute to Pakistan’s prominent personalities, Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Noor Jehan, Nazia Hassan and many others.