Lata Mangeshkar to cut Indo-Pak album


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!"