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Diary of a Rafi fan

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Written by: J.K. Bhagchandani

This piece is inspired by the write-ups of some distinguished writers on this forum describing how they became a Rafi-fan. I thought to pen down my account on this subject.

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

The music and especially the film songs fascinated me from as early days as I can remember. Those were the days when radio and especially Vividh Bharti was the main source of access to film music. In early days, the songs of all singers like Rafi saab, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Talat Mehamood, Kishore Kumar etc. fascinated me with no specific favorites.

But slowly my liking graph of Rafi took an ascending path. His voice mesmerized me like a magical spell. While all singers were great but I found his voice having that something extra, something indescribable which can only be felt. The most notable feature being the wide spectrum of songs that he sang with seemingly effortless ease. In those days it was quite common that two or three consecutive songs of Rafi saab were played on Vividh Bharti. And more often than not, these songs used to be contrasting in nature. For example: Na kisi ki aankh kaa noor hoon……. followed by Baar baar dekho.… or Nain lad jaee hain to…… followed by ‘Yaad na jaaye beete dinin ki….’. I was wonder-struck by his range. (more…)

Dil Rafi Pe Kurbaan

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Ghazal written by Sarah Modi.

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

I am a huge fan of Rafi. Here is my tribute to him in form of a ghazal I wrote and composed for him. It is only for Rafiana. This song is copyrighted and unauthorized copy or distribution of it is prohibited.

badhawaasi ke is shor mein
ek sukoon ki sadaa hain rafi
mohabbat ke noor ki
ek haseen adaa hain rafi
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Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur duets composed by Shankar Jaikishan

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

By Souvik Chatterji.

Mohd Rafi with Suman and Hasrat

Mohd Rafi with Suman and Hasrat

Shankar Jaikishan in the 60s made immense number of experiments in bollywood film music. Right from westernized compositions to Indian classical songs to folk tunes, the compositions had a wide variety. Rafi was the automatic choice of the legendary musical duo, with his tremendous range and romantic appeal. Suman Kalyanpur sang landmark duet song with Rafi under the composition of giant composers during the 60s, including Naushad “dil-e-betaab ko sinese lagana hoga”, in Palki, Madanmohan “baad muddat ke yeh ghari aye”, Jahanara, Roshan “rahe na rahe hum”, in Mamta, Khayyam “parbaton ke pero par sham ka basera hai”, in Shagun, to name a few. Suman Kalyanpur sang many immortal duet songs with Rafi in the 60s and 70s under the composition of Shankar Jaikishan. (more…)

Rafi harmonic for versatile actor Sanjeev Kumar

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

By Mr. Biman Baruah, Assam

Mohd Rafi with Sanjeev Kumar

Mohd Rafi with Sanjeev Kumar

APNE  LIYE  JIYE  TU  KIYA  JIYE
TU JI  YEH  DIL  ZAMANE  KE  LIYE

It is one of my beloved songs which depict the great personality of our beloved Rafi Sahab and the song was picturised on versatile actor Sanjeev Kumar in the film BADAL (1966). Long back in my school days, I had seen this song for first & last time in RANGOLI telecast by DD-1 at 07:00 AM. From that time, I was under presumption that it was being sung by Rafi Sahab. Since, I do not have collection of this song and recently with a plan to work on Rafi – Sanjeev Kumar combination; I searched the song details and disconsolately came to know that it is being sung by Manna Dey not by our beloved Rafi Sahab, though the song was composed by Rafi devotee composer Usha Khanna in the lyrics of Javed Anwar. (more…)

Rafi’s immortal relationship with Khayyam

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

By Souvik Chatterji

Mohd Rafi with poet lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and composer Khayyam

Mohd Rafi with poet lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and composer Khayyam

Mohammad Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, better known as Khayyam, was generally an off-beat composer whose level of excellence could be very well compared with Naushad or Shankar Jaikishan or Roshan, inspite of composing music in less number of films.

Born in 1927, Khayyam, learnt music from Baba Chisti, a renowned composer of Pakistan. He learnt music from also Hunslal Bhagatram and Pandit Amar Nath. He assisted composer G.A. Chisti in Lahore for some time. He returned back to Ludhiana in 1943. He went to Bombay to be an actor. He got a role in the Yeh Hai Zindagi in 1947. (more…)

Mohammed Rafi Foundation Launched in Mangalore

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

By daijiworld.com

Mohammed Rafi Foundation Launched in Mangalore

Mohammed Rafi Foundation Launched in Mangalore

Padmashree Mohammed Rafi Foundation was inaugurated during a function held at Lions Seva Mandir here, recently. MLA U T Khader inaugurated the foundation. Managing trustee Pascal Baptist Pinto lauded the musical talent of Bollywood legendary singer the late Mohammed Rafi. Mumbai Rafi Foundation chairman Binu Nair, Dakshina Kannada District Congress Committee (DCC) vice-president Ivan D’Souza, Inland Infrastructure Developers Private Limited managing director Siraj Ahmed, MUDA former chairman Suresh Ballal and former deputy superintendent of police Sharief were present on the dais. Read More



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