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Tribute to Mohammed Rafi

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

By Aparna Sridhar

Kamarajar Arangam Show at Chennai on 19th May 2012

Kamarajar Arangam Show at Chennai on 19th May 2012

Abbas Culturals organised a show at the Kamaraj Arangam last evening, a tribute to Mohammad Rafi. Orchestra was by UK Murali. The immortal songs of Rafi were sung by Anil Bajpai, a talented singer of Rafi songs, who had been specially invited from Mumbai for this purpose. The guest singer for the evening was Chandan, from Chennai.  There were also three female singers who gave duet support and also delivered a couple of solos. A very big show, very well –attended and professionally conducted. Kamarajar Arangam is a huge auditorium, and quite the right place for such cultural shows. (more…)

Celebration of Love, à la Mohammed Rafi

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

By Ronny Noor

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

You could never forget me
Yes, you could never forget me
Whenever you listen to my song
You will always hum along.
– Hasrat Jaipuri

There does not seem to be a four-letter word that is dearer to the human heart than love. It is the most potent force that inspires us to action. Lanka was set ablaze for it and the Taj Mahal was built for it. That is why it resonates most from the pens of great poets to the pages of great books. Although it is often confused with lust, true love is not about sensual feelings, as the celluloid diva Mumtaz teaches her screen partner Sanjay Khan in the movie Upasana. (more…)

Mohammad Rafi and the songs based on Classical Raagas

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

By: H.A.K. Walijah

Mohd Rafi and Naushad Ali

Mohd Rafi and Naushad Ali

Although Mohammad Rafi could sing any type of song, my choice of his best songs are classical based; and though he has sung more hit classical based songs for a few composers like Naushad, Shankar-Jaikishan, S.D. Burman.  He was the favorite of all illustrious MDs of his time such as Naushad, Shankar-Jaikishan, S D Burman, C Ramchandra, Madan Mohan, O P Nayyar, Roshan and later R D Burman, Kalyanji –Anandji and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. In the film ‘Ragini’ O P Nayyar even used Rafi to playback for Kishore Kumar for the song ‘Man mora Bawara’ which was classical based. Naushad used to compose very tough classical based songs which none other than Rafi could sing. (more…)

A Short film on Rafi Sahab

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

By Prakash Gowda and Achal Rangaswamy

A short film on Rafi Sahab

A short film on Rafi Sahab

Rafi Saab lives on, even more than thirty years after his departure for his heavenly abode.

This film, made by Prakash Gowda, a music lover and friend of mine, is a dedication to our idol Mohd Rafi Saab, who continues to inspire so many of us with his songs, the stories that surround his life, and the teachings left behind by him for all of us. (more…)

Meri Prerana, Mere Rafi Sahab – Part 2 (in Hindi)

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

By Onika Setia

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

१, दिल    से   भुलाने   की   कोशिश    की   बहुत   मगर ,
तब भी   हटी    तेरी   तस्वीर   मेरी   निगाहों   से.

२, काश   ए    यार  !   तेरे   जैसे    यह   जहानवाले  होते ,
तो  यह ज़मीं    जन्नत   से कम    न होती .

३,हमसे   ना उठाया    जाता था   यह जिंदगी   का बोझ   तक,
तुमने    साथ दिया    तो   होंसला    बढ़ा   हमारा. (more…)



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