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You are the composers. I will sing the way you tell me to

This anecdote was provided by Ms. Nalini Ramji

In 1947, the Shankar-Jaikishan team was given its first job, composing the music for Barsaat. Their first composition was Main Zindagi Mein Hardam Rota Hi Raha Hun, which required a singer with an extremely wide vocal range. Being new in the field, they were afraid that Rafi, whom they had been told was the only one who could sing it, would refuse to sing for them. When he came to see them, they were very nervous, and said, “Please listen to the tune and sing it as you would like to.” Rafi smiled and replied, “You are the composers. I will sing the way you tell me to.” From that time, Shankar and Jaikishan quickly climbed the ladder of success, and Rafi became the soul of their music.

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8 Blog Comments to “You are the composers. I will sing the way you tell me to”

  1. Gautam Banerjee says:

    Sankar Jaikishan and Rafi Lata jori is India’s all time best.

    Gautam Banerjee.

  2. Prakash Shah says:

    Ms.nalini ramji,
    Thx to provide us Nice article,
    courtesy always pay dividend rafiji shows courtsey to sj and SJ always pays dividend to him tilltheire last giving hit after hit with rafiji .

    Great !

    Kindly give more informatic news abour rafiji

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  3. pk viswanath says:

    undoubtedly SJ -Rafi combination remains a high point in SJ career. They were kind of inseperable

  4. Faiz Ahmed says:

    thats why Rafi saab is THE best

  5. We are yet to find another person like rafi who is so simple and unassuming.

  6. Nasir Ali says:

    Tears welled up my eyes. Indeed, Rafi sahaab was a great humanitarian too who never put himself above his music composers. According to him, any composer who wanted him to sing, was his Guru. Barsaat was of the year 1949, if i remember rightly. From the article, it is abundantly clear that the great maestro followed his moral standards right from his youth and very early time of his career. Indeed the great soul was incomparable.

  7. Bonifacius says:

    Great article. I am just sad I dont know how to reply properly, though, since I want to show my appreciation like many other.

  8. Ali says:

    Shankar-Jaikishan are king of music I think but they did’t get that they should like RD got mor than he was

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