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Why Mohammed Rafi Deserves Bharat Ratna

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

This appeal is from all Rafi fans and members of The Rafi Foundation.

This appeal is a chorus for The Voice of the sub continent, the singer of the millennium. A fervent, passionate appeal to correct what all his legion of admirers and devotees righteously feel is a historic wrong. The mortal remains of, what the world undisputably acknowledges, of the legendary Mohammad Rafi may have bereaved us 27 years ago, but his ageless voice continues to throb and pulsate in our hearts even today. (more…)

Sahir Ludhianvi – A Tribute

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

This tribute is written by Mr. Binu Nair, Rafi Foundation, Mumbai. Cell: 9833 250 701

Ashkon mein jo paya hai, woh geeton mein deeya hai,
is par bhi suna hai ke zamane ko gila hai !

(the pain of my tears is what I have brought to my writing,
But perhaps the world doesn’t approve of even this )

Takht kya cheez hai aur laal-o-Jawaahar kya hai?
ishq waale to khudai bhi luta dete hai………(Love can be higher than kings and kingdoms – from Taj Mahal)

Aurat ne janam diya mardon ko, Mardon ne use baazar diya(film Sadhana)

Jayen to jayen kahan, Samjhega kaun yahan, dard bhare dil ka zuban(Taxi Driver )

Jaane woh kaise log the jinko……(Pyaasa)

Anginat logon ne duniya mein muhabbat ki hai
Kaun kehta hai ke sadiq na the jazbe unke?
Lekin unke liye tasheer ka saamaan hi nahin
Kyonki who log bhi apni he tarah muflis the.

Countless people have been in love Who says their emotions were not sincere? They didn’t have the resources to make a proclamation Because like me, they too were poor…………………

Abdul Hayee,( Sahir Ludhianvi – born March 8, 1922 in Ludhiana ).

Sahir Ludhianvi

Sahir Ludhianvi

The eventual date was 25 october, 1980 and he was 58 years old.  Sahir Ludhianvi went to his best friend Dr.R.P.Kapoor in a taxi. He asked the driver to wait. He would come back fast. He never came back. Sahir Saaheb had a massive heart attack and died in Dr.Kapoor’s arms. Music lover Ali Peter John a famous writer from the film magazine Screen says, “They don’t make men like Sahir Ludhianvi anymore. Do I hear anyone asking Sahir who??. I will not be surprised if I do in these senseless, ruthless, heartless times.” (more…)

Kalyanji Anandji’s association with Mohammad Rafi

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

This article is written by Mr. Souvik Chatterji.

Kaljanji-Anandji

Kaljanji-Anandji

In the Golden age of Indian film music, many composers have enriched the firmament of music with their innovative compositions, yet they did not get the recognition they deserved. Kalyanji Virji Shah (born in 1928) and Anandji Virji Shah, (born in 1933) better known as Kalyanji and Anandji, started their journey with the film Samrat Chandragupta, in 1958. (more…)

Mohammed Rafi and Rajesh Khanna

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Rafi sang for Romantic Icon Rajesh Khanna … Akele Hai Chali Aao Jaha Hoo…………..
Kaha Aawaz De Tumko Kaha Hoo……….

This article is compiled by Mr. Biman Baruah, Finance & Accounts Officer, ONGC Ltd., Sivasagar.

Rajesh Khanna

Rajesh Khanna

Rafi Sahab was the voice of first Indian superstar Rajesh Khanna in this mind-boggling hunting song from G.P.Sippy’s suspense thriller RAAZ (1967) was directed by Ravindra Dave, which may also be considered the first notable film of the superstar. The young Rajesh Khanna was looking very smart, handsome and charming in the song with the magic voice of Mohd. Rafi. The song was two times in the film: first time in female voice by Lata Mangeshkar and second time in male voice by Mohammed Rafi that was picturised on Babita Shivadasani and Rajesh Khanna respectively. (more…)

Mahendra Kapoor: The Real “Shagird” of Mohammed Rafi

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

This article is written by Mr. Biman Baruah, Sivasagar, Assam.

(A homage to Legendary Singer Mahendra Kapoor )

Mahendra Kapoor

Mahendra Kapoor

Legendary singer of Hindi cinema, Mahendra Kapoor passed away at 74, on Saturday evening (27th September, 2008) at his residence, Bandra in Mumbai due to cardiac failure. He was a heart patient and suffering from heart and kidney related ailment for long time. He is survived by three daughters and actor son Rohan Kapoor. His funeral took place on Sunday ( 28th September, 2008 ) at the Santacruz crematorium where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed grief over death of veteran playback singer. In a condolence message, President Pratibha Patil said Kapoor delighted millions of Indians by his voice. Maharastha Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh expressed “Kapoor as a great and versatile singer”. (more…)

Rafi – Lata Duets under Kalyanji Anandji

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

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

Kalyanji and Anandji were two Music Directors who were fairly popular in the sixties and seventies. Though not in the same league as Naushad, SDB, OPN, MM, SJ, etc., they had their own place and loyal followers like Manoj Kumar, Prakash Mehra, Ramanand Sagar, etc. (more…)

Rafi’s pleasant memories with Madan Mohan

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

This article is written by Mr. Souvik Chatterji.

If any composer had utilised the ghazal andaz of Mohammad Rafi to the best of his potentiality it is Madanmohan whose name appears in the minds of the lovers of music across the nation. Madanmohan’s father Rai Bahadur chunnilal send his son to Dehradun to join the army. Instead he left the army and joined All India Radio in Lucknow. He came in contact with Ustad Faizz Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and carried on their legacy in the compositions he made for 30 years which can be classified as masterpieces. (more…)



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