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Remembering Rafi

Friday, March 30th, 2007

This article is written by Mr. Binu Nair for newspaper, recalling the legendary singer on his 26th death anniversary. At his request, we are posting the article on

July 31 will never be the same again for Mohd Rafi’s innumerable fans the world over. For on this day in 1980, Rafi Saab as he was fondly called, left us for ever, succumbing to a massive heart attach at age 56. And Tu Kahin Aas Paas Hai Dost, from Aas Paas became the last recorded song of the legend. (more…)

Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawanon Kaa

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

This article is in appreciation of the song Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawanon Ka from Naya Daur. ©

It is the rhythm of the rural India where the golden grains sow the seeds of prosperity, where the hardworking couples pray to the Mother Nature with their sweaty hands, and where the children taste the saltiness of the soil in their early days, that can be experienced throughout this song. (more…)

Rafi’s songs for other heroes and actors

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

This article is written by H.V.Guru Murthy.

Rafi Saab has sung for many heroes / comedians / character actors. But still there are certain heroes / actors with whom usually Rafiji’s songs are not associated though Rafi Saab has sung many beautiful songs for these actors. Whenever, one thinks of actors like Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Shahshi Kapoor, Sunil Dutt, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Sanjay, Amitabh Bachachan, Rishi Kapoor, Bharat Bhushan, Pradeep Kumar, Guru Dutt, Joy Mukherjee, Biswajit, etc. we can recall various songs of Rafi’s on these heroes. (more…)

Matters of the heart – Sambhal Ay Dil

Friday, March 16th, 2007

This article is in appreciation of the duet with Asha Bhonsle – Sambhal Ay Dil from Sadhana [1958].

It is true that the most vulnerable part of a man’s body is his heart- because when it comes to making decisions, the heart reigns over reason and if its voice is not heard, then the poor, unfortunate individual leads a life of misery. It does not matter how illogical or foolish the desires of the heart are – they are yearned to be fulfilled regardless. (more…)

The War Within: Tu Hindu Banega Na Musalman Banega

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

This article is in appreciation of the truly fundamental and magnanimous meaning that is portrayed in this song – Tu Hindu Banega Na Musalman Banega from Dhool Ka Phool [1959]. ©

There is no need to inform us Indians about the rift that religion has created amongst us. Each and every one of us is made aware of this differentiation from a very young age. We all know that if we are Hindus, we hate Muslims and if we follow the Koran, then those following the Gita should be distrusted. (more…)

Uden Jab Jab Zulfen – Naya Daur

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

This article is in appreciation of Uden Jab Jab Zulfen Teri from Naya Daur. ©

Today, we live in a world that has all the modern amenities that we could possibly have dreamt of – cars, microwaves, take out, home shopping networks – you name it and we have it. The world has becoming a global village today. (more…)

Rafi’s Lean Phase – Beginning and End

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

This article is written by Mr. Anmol Singh.


For a singer like Rafi the so-called a lean phase can never happen but certainly it can be created. This was exactly what happened with Rafi Saab in 1970s where the entire media machinery including the film fare award nomination criteria appear to be working against him. We need to analyze where exactly things went wrong. (more…)

A Whole New World: Ho Sake Toh Dil Ke Badale

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

This article is in appreciation of the song Ho Sake Toh Dil Ke Badale sung by Rafi Sahab for Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp. ©

Imagine how wonderful it would be to be able to change your destiny, to rise above the rest and do the impossible. That is exactly how Aladdin must have felt. Most people are not even aware of the movie Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp. It was made in 1952 and stars Meena Kumari as the beautiful princess and Mahipal as the legendary Aladdin. (more…)

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