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MJ was reading Tagore in his last days

Michael Jackson, who considered India his 'special love', was planning a collaboration with double Oscar-winning musician A R Rahman and reading Rabindra Nath Tagore's poetry during his last days. Homage to the King of Pop

music Updated: Jun 30, 2009 22:00 IST
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Rabindra Nath Tagore

Michael Jackson, who considered India his 'special love', was planning a collaboration with double Oscar-winning musician A R Rahman and reading Rabindra Nath Tagore's poetry during his last days.

The pop icon was writing a song about the need for environmental conversation during his last days and reading Tagore, reported Contactmusic online.

Jackson was also planning to collaborate with Rahman for a unity anthem that the Thriller hitmaker planned to use in his planned O2 concert series, said the report.

"He was praising the chord progression of Jai Ho's chorus. He asked me to compose a unity anthem on the lines of 'We are the World' for him. I nodded in awe," Rahman wrote on his blog while paying tribute to the pop icon.

Jackson, who had come to India in 1996 for a concert in Mumbai had left a poignant message to his fans on his pillow cover.

"India, all my life I have longed to see your face. I met you and your people and fell in love with you. Now my heart is filled with sorrow and despair for I have to leave, but I promise I shall return to love you and caress you again.

"Your kindness has overwhelmed me, your spiritual awareness has moved me, and your children have truly touched my heart. They are the face of God. I truly love and adore you India. Forever, continue to love, heal and educate the children, the future shines on them. You are my special love, India. Forever, may God always bless you," wrote Jackson.