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Ay Mere Laadlo: The Last Journey of Mohd Rafi

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Ay Mere Laadlo is a patriotic song originally composed by Naushad during the period of India’s war with China. The lyrics of the song is created by Khumar Barabankvi. This particular song is one of the nine songs included in the famous international album ‘The Last Journey of Mohammed Rafi’, a dedication to Mohammed Rafi by Naushad. The album is known as ‘Tere Sur Mere Geet’ in Hindi.

Mohammed Rafi will be remembered for his legendary contribution to Indian music. The duo Naushad and Rafi ruled the world of Hindustani music with their symbiotic association in music. Rafi had achieved the zenith of his career due to his association with Naushad. The golden era of Indian music had acquired a great many numbers from the duo when destiny approached Rafi in the form of death.

Ay Mere Laadlo can be called as a typical patriotic song. The lyrics of Ay Mere Laadlo is best suited for the theme of the song. The motivational words of the singer are so direct and explicit that they can grab the attention of even the crudest minds. It conveys the emotion of love towards one’s motherland, in this case, India.

The Last Journey of Mohd Rafi

The music of the song brings a revelation about the fate of the motherland. Though the note of the song is slow and sad, it is capable of striking the hearts of the sensitive patriots like an arrow. The power of music, especially if sung by such a talented singer, is immense, and that is why the song Ay Mere Laadlo conquered thousands of patriotic minds, since the release of the album in February 1999.

The classical Hindustani touch to this patriotic song can be attributed to the talent of Naushad alone. It is the simplicity of his music creation that is emerging from the complex classical notes that attracts the ordinary people. And surely, it is Rafi alone who can play the vocal role to the perfection demanded by Naushad.

The harmonious association between Rafi and Naushad can be attributed to many reasons, the important being the former’s ability to impress the lay audience with the classical tone of his voice. More reasons are not required to accredit him with the crown of the perfect match for Naushad other than his command over Hindustani music and his ability to intonate and inflect, absorbing the sense of the different varieties of music.

Naushad had become so dependent on Rafi that he had been chosen as the only playback singer for Naushad in those days, leaving his competitors out of the world of Naushad’s music.

Music attains its purpose when it reaches the right ears. The song Ay Mere Laadlo is one of such creations of Naushad-Rafi that did not go to the deaf ears. The success of the song can be best realized by the interest shown in this song by the young generation of today. The specific theme unveiled in the song, the China War, may be irrelevant today. However, the underlying theme of the song, the call to ‘wake up and open the eyes’ to the condition of motherland has a lot of relevance in this present world.

Download: Ay Mere Laadlo
Album: The Last Journey of Mohammed Rafi / Tere Sur Mere Geet
Music: Naushad
Lyrics: Khumar Barabankvi

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25 Blog Comments to “Ay Mere Laadlo: The Last Journey of Mohd Rafi”

  1. Khaja Aliuddin, MD says:

    Adityaji,
    Check on Amazon.com at music section and Mohd.Rafi.
    Long live Rafi sahab,
    Dr. Khaja Aliuddin

  2. ADITYA says:

    WHERE CAN I GET THIS MUSIC CD….THE LAST JOURNEY OF MOHAMMAD RAFI?

  3. Asheesh says:

    Naushad said for Rafi Saab( after his death)
    Kahta hai koi dil gaya , dilbar chala gaya
    Sahil pukarta hai samandar chala gaya
    Lekin jo baat sach hai kahta nahi koi
    Ki duniya se Mausiqui ka paigamba chala gaya

    The greatest love song singer of all times. This world will have to see another millenium to have another Rafi Sahab

  4. Pawan Bhatiya says:

    It is so nice album.
    Can I get the video of this perticular album ?
    If yes, then please mail me the appropriate way to find out it.

  5. jawaid77in says:

    BAAT NIKLEGI TO PHIR DOOR TALAK JAEGI

    Main is desh ka ek aam sa aadmi hoon aam zindagi guzaarta hoon aur aam logon ki bhasha bolta hoon, aam sa aadmi hoon isliye ek aam aadmi ke jazbaat unki zaroorat , unki khushi aur unke dukh ko bhi samajhta hoon aur yeh bhi samajhta hoon ke jahan aawaz nahi hoti wahan per bhi kuchh un-suni sadayen hoti hain, jahan protest nahi hota wahan per bhi kuchh tamannaon ke poore hone ki khawhish zaroor hoti hai.
    Bharat ek democratic country hai yahan bolne ka adhikaar to sab ko mila hua hai lekin pane ki khushnaseebi kisi kisi ko mili hai agar aisa nahi hota to main aaj apni aur un lakhon logon ki aawaz banker aap ke saamne khada nahi hota
    US AAWAZ KE LIYE JO LOGON KO ZINDAGI DETI HAI,TAAZGI DETI HAI, KHUSHI DETI HAI, AKELE PAN KI SAATHI BANTI HAI, DUA BANKAR SAATH CHALTI HAI,DAWA BANKAR ROOH MEIN UTER JAATI HAI,
    WHO AAWAZ JISE HUM APNE GHAR, APNI ZINDAGI, APNE RADIO, APNE DISC AUR TV CHANNELS,NEWS PAPERS ….. APNI SOCH, APNE DIL SE ALAG NAHI KARSAKTE.
    Ji haan main usi aawaz ki baat kar raha hoon jis ke bare mein K.L.SEHGAL ne kaha tha “tum ek din bahut oonche kalakar banoge”, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan ne kaha tha “guru gud rahgaya aur chela chini bangaya”
    Woh aawaz jisne na jaane kitne Heroes aur Music directors ko unki pehchan dilai.
    Woh aawaz jo “voice of stars” rahi.
    Woh aawaz jisne hindi film industry pe chaar dahaaiyon tak raaj kiya
    Who aawaz jisne hamen 28,000 se bhi zyada geet diye.
    Who aawaz jisne National Congress ki himayat mein apna paigham logon tak pahunchaya is geet ke madhyam se “ Congress ko vote do”
    Who aawaz jis ne logon ko apni aawaz ke zaria family planning ke liye per utsaahit kiya “lal tikon” jaise geet ke zaria.
    Who aawaz jo haddiyon ke goode jamaane wali sardi mein bhi tibbet aur leh ki oonchi pahadiyon pe jaake bhartiya faujiyon ki himmat badhati rehi,

    ITNA HI NAHI……
    Secularism ki misaal bante huey jisne sab se zyada filmi aur non filmi bhajan gaaye
    Jisne sab se zyada filmi desh bhagti geet gaaey
    Jisne sangeet ko ek naya terz diya
    JI HAAN….. MAIN BAAT KAR RAHA HOON USI AAWAZ KE MAALIK “MOHD.RAFI” KI.

    JO EK SHAKSH NAHI BULKAY EK SHAKSIYAT HAI
    JO EK INSAAN KE ROOP MEIN SANGEET KI DUNIYA KA EK DEVTA HAI.

    JO APNE HI MULK MEIN APNE HI LOGON KE DARMIYAAN APNE HI LOGON KE HAATHON RONDA JAA RAHA HAI.
    1967 MEIN Padam Shree ki padvi ke baad to jaise hamaare Ewaan-e-eqtedaar mein baithe huey log apni zimmedari se mukt hogaye, yeh bhoolhi gaye ke uske baad bhi us jaise insaan ko dene ke liye samman ke roop mein aur bhi bahut kuchh baaqi bacha hai. Warna kya wajah hai ke aajj tak unhe Sarkar ki taraf se who samman nahi mila jiske who sahi maano mein haqdaar hain
    Main poochhta hoon unlogon se jo sarkari taur se sammanit karne ke adhikaari hain ke kya mehez ek 5 rupiye ka daak ticket unki shaksiyat ko justify karta hai???
    JIS INSAAN NE HAMESHA KHUD KO SECULAR, WATAN PARAST, EK BULAND INSAAN, EK BULAND SHEHRI SAABIT KIYA, JISNE HINDUSTAN KE NAAM KO SAARE JAGAT MEIN OONCHA KIYA… USKE LIYE AAJ TAK SARKAR NE KYA KIYA?????? AUR AGAR KIYA BHI TO SIRF ROTE KE AANSOO HI PONCHHE , DUKH TO DOOR NAHI KIYA??
    KYA SARKAR NAHI JAANTI KE UNKI ZINDAGI SE LEKAR UNKI MAUT KE 27 SAALON KE BAAD BHI FILM INDUSTRY SE LEKAR SAARI DUNIYA MEIN HAZARON HI NAHI LAAKHON AISE LOG HAIN JO “RAFI SAHEB” KI AAWAZ MEIN GEET GAA KER APNI FAMILY KO PAAL RAHE HAIN AUR DUNIYA MEIN JO BHI KAMAA RAHE HAIN YA BANA RAHE HAIN SIRF AUR SIRF “RAFI SAHEB” KO FOLLOW KARKE
    “EJAAZ HAI YEH TERA, EZAAZ HAI YEH TERA
    KITNE HI RAFI BANKAR DUNIYA MEIN PAL RAHE HAIN”

    Hum agar unki zindagi mein unhe who sab na depaaye jis ke who haqdaar they to ab waqt aagaya hai ke hum ek haqdaar ko uska haq deden,

    RAFI SAHEB KI SARI ZINDAGI KE SERVICE KE PESH-E-NAZAR
    MAIN MUTAALBA KARTA HOON APNI JAANIB SE AUR UN LAAKHON LOGON KI JAANIB SE JO RAFI SAAHEB SE BEHAD PYAR KARTE HAIN KE UNHE
    “BHARAT RATAN” KE PURASKAAR SE SAMMANIT KIYA JAAEY.

    Yeh demand bahut hi secular hai kisi proper caste ya creed ki taraf se nahi kyun ki RAFI SAHEB artiste thay, funkaar thay, poori Hindustani qaum ke asset thay who dilon pe raaj karne waale aise Shahenshaah hain jinka raajj aaj bhi hamaare dilon pe hai.
    Aur humm unke is geet ke haami hain
    “tu hindu banega na musalmaan banega
    insaan ki aulad hai insaan banega”

    Agar is aam se insaan ki khaas baatein sarkar ko pasand aayen to aisa karke hamari sarkar ki izzat aur bhi badh jaegi aur hamen bhi ehsaas rahega ke hum ek SECULAR AUR DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY ke baasi hain….
    Us desh ke baasi hain jahan sirf paani ki GANGA hi nahi bahti bulkay insaaf , sachhai, adhikaar aur samman den eke liye jazbon ki bhi ganga behti hai.

    JAWAID NASEEM
    9836540639
    jawaid77in@yahoo.com
    jawaid77in@gmail.com

  6. Usha says:

    AKMAL SAB.
    THE HIT MDS MOST SUCCESSFUL WOULD BE SJ.LP,SDB,OPN,MADANMOHAN,NAUSHAD. AND ALL OF THEM OWE THEIR SUCCESS TO RAFI N RAFI IN THE FABULOUS 50S N SWINGING 60S. ONLY EXCEPTION WOULD BE SJ\RK COMBO.

  7. Raajkumar Akela says:

    a nice article !
    we have noticed that whenever there was a crucial time for our country
    and bollywood came forward to raise a voice…..bollywood always chose
    only two voices__rafi saab and lata tai
    when gandhiji was assassinated bollywood came forward with this song
    “suno suno ae duniya walon bapuji ki amar kahani…” sung by rafi saab.
    when there was ‘indo-china war’ bollywood chose only and only rafi saab
    to sing ‘ae mere ladlon…” and ‘awaz do hum ek hain…” and “apni azadi
    ko hum hargiz mita sakte nahi…” etc
    When nehru ji expired once again bollywood brought forward rafi saab
    with this song___”meri awaz suno…pyar ka raaz suno…”
    to remember the great martyres of our country bollywwod chose lata tai
    to sing ‘Ae mere watan ke logon..zara aankh me bharlo pani…” and
    rafi saab with the song__”Kar chale hum fida jan-o-tan sathiyon…”
    there were so many other so-called great singers in bollywood…so
    why nobody was remembered to do this sacred job ?
    this proves the greatness and the essentiality of “great voices”.
    only singing few popular songs does not prove a singer’s greatness.
    we must see who is been remembered in crucial times.
    a friend in need is a friend indeed !

  8. Raajkumar Akela says:

    mr. parvez !
    i would like to thank you from the deepest core of my heart for
    sending me such nice and “RARE” songs of rafi saab. you are a
    real rafian. i am proud to have you in between us. keep it up !!!

  9. javifazl says:

    Muhamed parvez sahab shukkriya aap ne rafi sahab ka gana bheja .kiya main kuchch aur gano ki farmaesh kar sakta hoon jessa ky:
    1/ mere desh premiyo aapas mein prem karo ..
    2/ har jalwa tera jalwa teree yeh duniya sari kiya masjid kiy but khana dil ka mazhab dildari.
    3/ chalore doli uthaoo kahaar piya milan ki rut aaee. .

  10. javifazl says:

    thaks Hussein Sheikh sahab aap ne ek buhut achchi site ke bary maen bataya.

  11. Hussein Sheikh says:

    Dear Rafians, please visit this site http://www.eternalrafi.com and read the facts, very very interesting on Rafi Saheb.

  12. Hussein Sheikh says:

    Dear Rafians, please visit http://www.eternalrafi.com and enjoy the site.

  13. Monty says:

    I have not heard this song, ple hussein can you send it to me?

  14. akmal jangvi says:

    dear parkashand rafians
    where naushad failed?
    i think naushad was better than shanker jaikishan?
    will u give some detail about naushad failure?
    what others think?

  15. akmal jangvi says:

    dear parkash
    where naushad failed?
    i think naushad was better than shanker jaikishan?
    will u give some detail about naushad failure?

  16. javifazl says:

    hi Hussein Sheikh sir kiya aap mujhy rajput ka gana KAHANIYAN SUNATI HY PAWAN AATTI JATI PLZ
    javed from pakistan
    javifazl@yahoo.com

  17. Magic Master says:

    Good Article

  18. prakash shah says:

    Ref.to .post 5 : Its non other than SHANKAR JAIKISHAN a betaaj baadsha among all music directors.This team has introduce mix ragaas in such a
    manner that they become trend setter and that trend was/is/will remain till film industries exist.
    Naushad on other hand was master of classical ragaas and used it its exteme purely but failed in the commercially popularity wise in mix raags.

  19. akmal jangvi says:

    friends can any one tell me that by percentage of hit movies who stands at no one?naushad 70 and sj 154?
    who is the winner including all mds?

  20. javifazl says:

    hi rafians .
    Nice article.by mohdrafi.com
    M.Rafi sahab and Naushad sahab is the leegends of music world.

  21. Sonu says:

    Song is good. I had got this song from a frd of mine- chander ji.. but tht one was original one……the one from 70s. so Quality was bit down. but still I liked the lyrics. Rafi saab as usual is great. Since many of us are hearing it first time after years , so might not like as other patriotic songs of rafi. like kar chale hum fida, aye watan etc. but considering tht, this song came much early then all these patriotic songs, carries alot of weight. Llyrics are really very good. compostion is also good . but this recording looks like a resung song.??? not the one from 62 ! ( can any one clarify !)

    Thanks for sharing

    Sonu

  22. Anmol Singh says:

    Naushad is the ‘King Maker’ and others benefited from it.

  23. akmal jangvi says:

    rafi and naushad are made for each other.i think due to naushad talent and rafi abilities both become uncompareable.

    friends can any one tell me that by percentage of hit movies who stands at no one?naushad 70 and sj 154?
    who is the winner including all mds?

  24. Hussein Sheikh says:

    Nice article. Now here comes one of the best patriotic song sung by the legend Rafi Saheb. This song is a must for all rafians. Late Naushadji composed it very well and written from the heart of khumar Barabankvi. I can hear this song several times a day. Anybody need this patriotic song, can mail me. rafi-fan@hotmail.com

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