Author: Farhana Farook
With the lyrics being penned by Javed Akhtar, 'Sarhad' will have
numbers by music veterans of both nations
Whether it was 'Bekas pe karam kijiye' in 'Mughal-e-Azam' or 'Dil ki kashti
bhanwar mein aayee hai' in 'Palki' eulogising Prophet Mohammed, the
legendary Lata Mangeshkar's voice has always carried a resonance of
spirituality and secularism. Asserting that 'sangeet ka koi mazhab, koi
seema nahin hoti', Lata has an interesting album on the anvil that will see the
best of India and Pakistan coming together.
Titled 'Sarhad', the album's lyrics are penned by Javed Akhtar.
"Pakistani singers including Farida Khanum and Ghulam Ali will feature in
this album. We will be including a song by Mehdi Hasan, which he had
composed especially for me. Besides that, Sonu Nigam, Hariharan and
Suresh Wadkar will also be part of this. There will be one number, which
will have all of us in chorus," reveals Lata.
Lata's personal devotion to Lord Ganesha can be traced back to her
childhood when her father Dinanath Mangeshkar had brought the Lord's
idol home during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. To this day, the
Mangeshkars follow the practice with great zeal.
In fact, Lata has sung an entire album of Sanskrit sholkas titled
'Sarvamangal Ganesh—The Lord of the Beginnings' dedicated to Ganesha.
"Whether it's Ganesh or any God, recitation of mantras alone is not
enough. This album is like a few flowers that I place at the Lord's feet," she
Wary of 'instant' music where technology disguises voice aberrations,
Lata has a message for aspirants wanting to make a career in music. "Love
your work. If you work only for money and fame, your music will lack
soul," she says. As a parting note, the veteran adds, "However, I never find
my own songs perfect!"