Mumbai : Two years ago, the “Voice of God” as Lata Mangeshkar called ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan—had expressed his desire to visit India, the country of his birth, but he passed away today without realising the wish.
Hassan, who had been suffering from a prolonged illness, was planning to visit India for treatment and wished to meet Lata Mangeshkar, Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan, his son Asif had said in 2010.
That was also the year when a duet, ‘Tera milna..' between Lata and Hassan was released. It was Hassan and Lata's first and last duet together.
“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. We have made a duet compiling the two versions,” Lata had said.