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Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

This song review is written by Ms. Utthara Kumari B

Mohd Rafi Sahab with Dev Anand

Mohd Rafi Sahab with Dev Anand

What a romantic song! Sigh! One of the greatest romantic duets to have ever been written, ever been composed, ever been sung and ever been enacted.. A dashing Dev Anand imploring a fragile beauty Sadhana not to leave him as his heart is not yet filled with joy. The song Abhi na jao chodkar has several layers. On the surface it seems like a soft romantic song. But look beyond, you will find it is like a precursor to the twists and turns that unfold in the story. No wonder the hero is apprehensive that if the heroine leaves him, then their paths may not meet again. As it happens, the two part, face many tribulations and meet in the end. (more…)

Mohammed Rafi sings with Shamshad Begum – Oh leke pehela pehela pyaar

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

This article is contributed by Mr D.P.Bijoor

Mohd Rafi and Shamshad Begum

Mohd Rafi and Shamshad Begum

Shamshad Begum was born in Amritsar, Punjab on 14th April 1919 and she was a very big fan of K L Saigal. Presently the singer is staying with her daughter Mrs Usha Ratra and her son-in-law in Powai, Mumbai ever since her husband Late Mr Ganpat Lal Batto died in the year 1955. She celebrated her 89th birthday at her elder sister’s place.

Shamshad Begum made her debut on radio on the Peshawar radio in Lahore on 16th December 1937, captivating the hearts of her listeners with the enchanting depth of her voice. In fact Shamshad was not so conscious of her not so beautiful face and she never posed for any pictures and not many people saw her pictures any where. (more…)

Raahi Manwa Dukh ki chinta…

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

This song review is written by Mr. Shrirang Nawathe

Mohd Rafi with Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Mohd Rafi with Laxmikant-Pyarelal

The journey of life through Rafi sahab’s songs is  a unique experience for all of us. It is the beauty of that saintly figure who had contributed  so much for us  that, one can have all sorts of experiences through his golden songs.

Music Director Vasant Desai believed that Rafi Sahab was “shaapit gandharva” whereas Naushad sb. Confirmed him “suron ka betaaj badshaah”. For few others he was versatile, matchless, ultimate and so on….. Above all, for a common man like us he was the nearest soul.. as he was there with us under all circumstances (more…)

Suman Kalyanpur and Rafi’s duets did not get publicity

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

This article is written by Mr. Souvik Chatterji

Mohd Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur

Mohd Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur

The media during the last 60s years had been too kind towards some of the celebrities while remained silent about the others. For example during the golden age 50s, 60s and 70s, other than Lata and Rafi there were other combinations who had given everlasting hits. (more…)

Jism ko mout aati hai lekin…

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

This article is written by Dr.Sumra Yunus

Ek Fankar, Mohd Rafi

Ek Fankar, Mohd Rafi

Music is the food of love and Mohammed Rafi gave romantic voice to Indian film music.

Rafi’s name will have a magical attraction to people for ever. He contributed many heart-warming patriotic songs and immortal romantic melodies to the treasury of Hindi film music. His voice created a vibrant passion and charmed millions of music lovers all over the country and abroad. (more…)

Huye Hai Jinke Liye Barbaad

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

This article is written by Mr. Padmanabhan NR, Rafi Foundation, Hyderabad Chapter – This is for you Sandeep Nadkarni Sab

Mohd Rafi with Dilip Kumar

Mohd Rafi with Dilip Kumar

This review is being attempted at the instance of  Shri Sandeep Nadkarni, who wished it  from Sri. Nagesh Sidhanti who in turn had mesmerised us all with his review of Door rah kar na karo baat. I am trying a song review for the first time and would request forbearance of all concerned in case I fall short of expectations.

This song is from the film Deedar (1951) starring Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Nargis, Nimmi, Baby Tabassum and Yaqoob among others. The lyrics are by Shakeel Saheb and music by Naushad Sahab (more…)

Did Sonu Nigam reach the level of excellence of Rafi?

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

This article is written by Mr. Souvik Chatterji

Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam is considered the most powerful playback singer in bollywood films at the moment.  The greatest debate that haunts most of the music lovers of the country is that whether Sonu Nigam had reached the level of excellence that Rafi had reached in the 50s and 60s.

The greatest achievement of a singer lies in his acceptability before diverse range of composers and lyricists. As Rafi was classically trained and could adapt any type of song ranging from qawallies to ghazals to soft romantic numbers to westernized rock and roll compositions his demand before the musical community was immense. (more…)



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