Lata Mangeshkar, Mehdi Hassan coming together for Tera Milna

Lata Mangeshkar, Mehdi Hassan coming together for Tera Milna

Lata Mangeshkar, Mehdi Hassan coming together for Tera Milna

Few musical creations could be so pregnant with sentiments, history and talent as the forthcoming duet ‘Tera Milna’ between the singing legends Lata Mangeshkar and ‘Shehanshah-e-Ghazal’ Mehdi Hassan.

THERE IS always a silver lining with the darkest of clouds. As the adage goes : “Unka jo kam hai woh ahle siyasat janen, mera paigham mohabbat hai jahan tak pahuche.” Politicians could mind their business. My message is love no matter where it reaches.

So the two greatest muslical talents of India and Pakistan are telling the world.

Few musical creations could be so pregnant with sentiments, history and talent as the forthcoming duet “Tera Milna” between the singing legends Lata Mangeshkar and ‘Shehanshah-e-Ghazal’ Mehdi Hassan. Needless to say that this much awaited magic melody would be the first where the Nightingale of India would be seen with the Pride of Gazal from Pakistan. Mehdi Hassan Saheb is not keeping well for so many years. He always wanted to sing with Lata and finally his cherished dream has been fulfilled.

As the music lovers say – “Once in a lifetime, a man is born who will shake the consciousness and passion of the music industry. Such a man is Mehdi Hassan.”

According to Lata Mangeshkar, “He is the voice of God. Mehdi Saab always wanted to sing with me. In fact he sent me 2-3 recorded songs years back but he had to quit singing due to his prolonged illness. ‘Tera milna’ is one of them. I recorded my version here in Mumbai and Mehdi Saab’s version was recorded in Pakistan a year back. We have made a duet compiling the two versions.” Lata Ji would turns 81 on Tuesday.

Mehdi Hassan was born in Luna, a town near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Music runs in his blood for fifteen generations. His education in music began as soon as he could talk. Mehdi Hassan’s father, Ustad Azim Khan, was a notable classical singer in his time and a favorite of Maharaja of Jaipur.

Mehdi Hassan gave his first public performance at Maharaja of Barodi’s place when he was only 8 years old. He is master of vocal music like ‘Dhrupad’, ‘Khayal’, ‘Thumri’ and ‘Dadra’.

His family migrated to Pakistan after partition and young Mehdi adopted the profession of an automobile mechanic. However, lady luck was with him and with the would-be Ghazal lovers and he resumed his music career with in short while. Mehdi Hassan moved to Karachi and created his space in the music world.

In 1952, from Radio Pakistan Lahore, his first perennial ghazal,

‘Gulon may rang bharay, baad-e-nau bahar chalay’ was broadcasted. It was composed by Ghulam Qadir, the elder brother of Mehdi Hassan. It was also his first successful rendition which earned him name, fame and critical acclaim.

Though confined to his bed, he still rules the hearts and minds of Ghazal lovers all over the world.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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We salute you Asha Bhonsle

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Asha-Bhonsle

Asha is made up of a different mettle. Today she rushed where the waxy giant like Amitabh Bachcan had feared to tread.

COURAGE IS grace under pressure, said Ernest Hemingway and the evergreen and ever gracious Asha Bhonsle stands testimony to this.

To speak against the Mantras of Shiva Sena and MNS in Maharshtra needs strength of character and courage. Asha Tai has proved irrevocably that is she not short of that. Politics is not her cup of tea. Not very long ago, at the age of 60-plus, Asha Bhonsle had dared to challenge the youngsters on the scene, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurty, Sadhana Sargam in evocative songs ‘Yai Re, Yai Re…’ and ‘Tanha Tanha…’ both from Rangeela or ‘Rang De…’ from Takshak.

She teamed with Adnan Sami and ‘Ghulam Ali’ with equal ease for private albums of songs or ghazals. That is her field. Today she rushed where the waxy giant like Amitabh Bachcan had feared to tread. He had put to shame his own wife and all Indians when he begged mercy from the MNS chief. Asha is made up of a different mettle.

In Pune, on the terra firma of the Sena Juggernaut, she challenged Bal Thackrey and remonstrated MNS founder Raj Thackrey indirectly to give up their nasty parochial approach of ‘Mumbai for Marathi Manoos only.’ She categorically reminded them that Mumbai belongs to every one. The veteran singer backed her argument with the appropriate logic.

“Mumbai belongs to all those who work tirelessly, day and night, in the city. Our people (Maharashtrians) should also do such hard work. I worked tirelessly and that is the reason why no one could snatch away what was due to me,” she said. Dwelling upon her own struggles, she said she had to undergo extreme hardship. Responding to a question in a public interview conducted by a TV channel, Bhonsle said she belonged to all of India as she has sung in various languages. At the same time, she was proud of being a Maharashtrian.

She could not have chosen a better occasion to deliver her message. Asha Bhonsle has been a glittering star of the Hindi film industry since the last four decades. Let us remember that she had to grow up in the shadow of her sister, Lata Mangeshkar. Asha has indeed done very well for herself. Initially she had to face the inevitable – unfair comparisons with her more popular sister. But she did not let that affect her. Perseverance paid off. In no time she overtook tough contenders like Geeta Dutt.

We salute you Asha Tai for the honesty, integrity and courage you have shown. We also salute you Sachin Tendulkar for being the real Maratha and our hats off for Shahrukh Khan who remained undaunted in the face of worst threats and anticipated adversities.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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