Mohan Khan always followed Mehdi Ji and he knew him since 70s but in late 80s he became his disciple to learn the skills of ghazal singing. Sharing his thoughts on the visits of Mehdi Hassan in India, Guru Mohan reveals that in the eras of late 70s and 80s, Hassan ji used to visit India regularly and sing at the concerts where his followers and lovers would sit around him to listen him and learn the singing from him. He further tells that Mehdi Ji would visit his home and discuss the nuances of the art of ghazal singing. He used to give him tips to improve the singing by adding harkat and babat etc.
At a concert held at Leela Penta (now Hotel Leela), Hassan asked Mohan to sing during the second half of the show. Mehdi Ji announced there that during the second half his shagird (disciple) Mohan Khan would sing. Listening this all at once, Mohan Khan got shocked, surprised and even tensed since the prominent names from the music world were present at the show.
He remembers the advice of Mehdi Hassan that the raga’s purity should always be maintained. Mohan Khan says that Mehdi Hassan’s feeling for the poetry was what registered big impact on him and other followers. The ghazal maestro would always give Mohan tips while listening his singing.
Click HERE to read more