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Life Without Rafi

Monday, December 31st, 2001

This article is by Mr. Raghav

I as an avid listener of Hindi film music shudder to think of the possibility of life without Rafi. Though he is not amongst us today in physical form, the rich legacy and heritage of music he leaves behind is an everlasting treasure cherished every day by myriad of fans like me. (more…)

The Last Journey of Mohd Rafi

Monday, December 24th, 2001

This article is by Raju Bharatan

Mohammed Rafi is to song what Naushad is to music. Where Naushad is Sangeet Samrat, Rafi is Geet Samrat. Mohammed Rafi’s demise at the age of 55 was perhaps the most traumatic happening , in the annals of Hindustani cine sangeet since the passing of Kundal Lal Saigal in his prime. (more…)

My Love For Rafi Sahab

Monday, December 3rd, 2001

This article is by Ms. Nalini Ramji.

I am writing to share with you my story of how my deep love for Mohammed Rafi has affected my life. (more…)

Naushad Remembers Rafi Sahab

Friday, November 9th, 2001

Naushad Sahab’s interview telecast on Zee Cinema in August, 1999. Contributed by Mr. Kamal Mustafa on 9th November 2001.

Partial interview of Naushad Sahab telecast on Zee Cinema last year (unfortunately, I couldn’t record it full. I have tried to translate it from Hindi/Urdu, but obviously the charm is lost). (more…)

Rafi Sahab Talks

Friday, October 26th, 2001

This is contributed by Mr. Sajjad Qadir.

Usmein Kewal, Usmein Classical Tazil, Indian Tazil Zyada Hote Hein, Sur Bhi Zyada Hein, Wording mein meaning ache hein, feelings zyada hein, mitaas bahut hein music mein, iske waste zyada popular rehta hai.

Rafi Sahab TalksAb Sab type ka gana pasand karte hein, bude-jawan all-round sab, mein har type ka gana gaata hun, mein har type ka gaana gata hun, mein khud bhi bana tha hun jo private song hoten hein non film ke, uska tune mein khud bana ke, khud gata hun, maine aaj tak… mujeh film line mein kaam karte-karte tees saal hogaya.. us period mein maine atrah hazaar (18000) gane gaayen.. picturon mein bhi, pandra-bees (15 – 20) minute lagte hein bas.. gana ham dekhlethe-sunlethe hein, music director ham ko ek mata sunadetha hai phir ham pickup karlethe hein, tho record kar lethe hein, muskil nahin pada.. 2 – 3 line aaj mein gane wala hun… pandra (15) min lage mujeh yaad karte-karte

O Duniya Ke Rakhewalee…

My Meeting With Muhammad Rafi

Friday, August 17th, 2001

By Mr. Zahir Amhed (

I was perhaps 10 years old when I first heard Rafi’s voice… was a song from the film JUGNU [1948] ……YAHAN BADLA WAFA KA……. This was a duet with Noor Jehan. It was a famous song at that time. Next I heard him in ANMOL GHADI … TERA KHILONA TOOTA…. I began to hum his songs and also sing them. His voice was a magic voice full of emotions and feelings. In this song, Rafi exactly depicted the feelings of the poor boy whose toy broke when his playmate girl was leaving for Bombay. (more…)

Mohammed Rafi: Everyone’s Voice

Friday, August 3rd, 2001

This article is written by Rajiv Vijayakar for screen india (

Mohammed Rafi’s most extraordinary quality was the almost miraculous way in which his voice seemed to fit every actor who expressed diverse emotions through his songs. (more…)

Voice of a million souls

Tuesday, July 31st, 2001

By Afsana Ahmed

Every evening normally when all other kids reluctantly sat by the study table, a seven-year-old kid chose to be different. Enchanted by the soothing music of the Ektara which wafted in the air, and ignoring the regular reprimands of his parents, the young boy religiously followed a fakir to the latter’s abode – a huge tree. Observation by the fakir led to a friendship which gradually stimulated the dormant interest of the boy. (more…)

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