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Happy birthday to Shammi Kapoor and his combination with Mohammad Rafi

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

By Souvik Chatterji

Shankar and Shammi with Rafi Sahab

Shankar and Shammi with Rafi Sahab

The viewers of bollywood films wish happy birthday to rock and roll star Shammi Kapoor on 21st October, 2011. He died this year making huge number of audience sad. He had remained a dancing sensation in the 60s.

Shammi Kapoor is also admired a lot by a big section of music lovers because most of the hit songs of the 50s and 60s belonged to him and the legendary singer Mohammad Rafi had sung immense number of brilliant songs for the stylish actor. (more…)

Duets of Mohammad Rafi and Shamshad Begum

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

By: H.A.K. Walijah

A tribute to the forgotten legend – Shamshad Begum

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

There are few singers for whom the listener feels such personal & emotional attachment as for Mohammad Rafi, for few have so eminently possessed the magic gift of identifying themselves with their singing. We hear his songs every day, and grow into familiar intimacy with him as we listen. The artless benevolence that beams throughout his singing; the whimsical, yet amiable views of human life and human nature; the unforced humor, blending so happily with good feeling and good sense, and singularly dashed at times with a pleasing melancholy; even the very nature of his mellow, flowing, and softly-tinted style, all seem to bespeak his moral as well as his intellectual qualities, and make us love the man at the same time that we admire the singer. While the other singers of loftier pretension and more sounding names are suffered to molder on our shelves, those of Mohammad Rafi are cherished and laid in our bosoms. We do not quote them with ostentation, but they mingle with our minds, sweeten our tempers, and harmonize our thoughts; they put us in good humor with ourselves and with the world, and in so doing they make us happier and better listeners. (more…)

Rafi Sahab sketched with his songs

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

By Mannoth Vijayan

Rafi Sahab Drawn with his song lines

Rafi Sahab Drawn with his song lines

I am a native of Badagara in Calicut District within Kerala State. When I was 10 years old, the Film “Chowdavin ka Chand” was running in a theatre at Badagara. During that time the advertisement of film was given in a trolley which was run manually with posters of the film pasted on both sides, so that public can see from either side. The old HMV gramophone player was used to play the music in the film. At that time, I heard the song “Chaudavin ka Chand ho” of the great singer. I was thrilled to hear that and I ran towards the main road which was about 1 Km from my house, to get the lyrics book of that film used to be sold by the trolleymen at a cost 10 paise ,during that time. (more…)

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