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Last Updated 20.10.2019 | 4:15 PM IST



Lata Mangeshkar remembers Mehdi Haasan

Lata Mangeshkar who sang a duet with Mehdi Haasan bids the ghazal maestro goodbye…

Jo baat unki awaaz mein tthi woh kisiki awaaz mein nahin tthi. He was blessed by God. And it pained me to see him suffer so much in the last ten years. Only God knows what he was suffering for. He had a very unique vocal identity. Many tried to sing Ghazals like him. But Mehdi Saab was Mehdi Saab…I recorded a song with him under very peculiar circumstances. We were supposed to sing a duet ‘Tera milna bahut achcha lagta hai‘ with him. Due to his ill health he couldn’t come to India and I couldn’t go to Pakistan. So we recorded the duet about ‘Milna bahu achcha lagta hai‘ (how much we like meeting) without meeting. Such is the irony of life.

It was his composition and we should’ve sung it together. He later said that he had only one regret as a musician that he couldn’t sing with me. I remember by the time we sent the tape of our duet to him he was unable to understand fully what was going on around him

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