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Dungeons of the Forgotten Treasures

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

This article is written by Mr. A.S.Murty, Rafi Foundation, Hyderabad Chapter.

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

Hundreds of songs sung by the legendary singers of the golden era of film music in India are on the lips of millions of music lovers who enjoy listening and singing them again and again.  Several decades after they first hit the stands, these songs have given millions of music lovers solace, taught social messages, inculcated in them a fervor for nationalism and patriotism, spread brotherhood and a sense of god-fearing among the masses.  They have enlivened several kinds of rituals, functions, programmes and enriched the thriving industry of music in all forms. (more…)

And Then There Are None

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

This article is written by Mr. M.V.Devraj

Mohd Rafi with S.D.Burman and Guru Dutt

Mohd Rafi with S.D.Burman and Guru Dutt

Guru Dutt’s film Kaagaz ke Phool released in 1959 was the first full Cinemascope Indian film. This was considered to be a slow movie and was an initial flop. Guru Dutt, a brilliant filmmaker, was way ahead of his times. But when the film was later re-released, it became a cult film. The film won two Filmfare awards, one for its cinematography and the other for its art direction. Two lyrical gems, ‘Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam’ and ‘Dekhi zamaane ki yaari’ written by the inimitable Kaifi Azmi and set to music by Sachin Dev Burman are distinct high points of the film. (more…)

A wide range of fans for one song!

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

A very different review of ‘O Duniya Ke Rakhwale” by Dr. Vasudha Theertharam and Gan Sharma.

This review is the result of collaboration between two fans of the great Rafi saab who met very recently over the Internet. Although this song is perhaps one of Rafi saab’s most reviewed, the reviewers bring a unique perspective to the song. They hope Rafi fans all over the world will enjoy it.

Dr. Vasudha lives in Bangalore, India, and Gan lives in Toronto, Canada

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

Naushad Ali saab recalls reading in a newspaper that a man, sentenced to be hanged until dead, was asked what his last wish was. We always thought that this last wish was just an over-romanticised element in movies; however, it seems that this incident actually took place. The normal request, under these tragic circumstances, is either for a favourite food or a drink. Occasionally, it may be a request to meet a beloved; but more often, it is a priest that the condemned man asks for. The staunchest atheist, it is said, becomes God-fearing on his deathbed; when the end is near, the desire to bribe the Almighty is at its peak. (more…)

Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye Tho Kya Hai

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

This article is written by Ms. Utthara Kumari B, a member of the Baar Baar Rafi club in Bangalore.

Mohd Rafi with S.D.Burman and Guru Dutt

Mohd Rafi with S.D.Burman and Guru Dutt

There is one song of Mohd Rafi which I consider the best among his bests. This is one of those classics where the immortal Rafi sahab, the romantic rebel Sahir Ludhianvi, the song king S D Burman and the brooding genius Guru Dutt combined to make one of the most powerful song sequences in cine history. It is that thought-provoking song from the black-and-white classic Pyaasa. To attempt to review the song is a tall order. I have only poured out my feelings, I wouldn’t dare call it a review. (more…)

I am an orphan

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

This song review is written by Mr. M.V.Devraj

Mohd Rafi and Dilip Kumar

Mohd Rafi and Dilip Kumar

I wish to write about a song after my heart and soul. Being a mortal unlike Rafisaab I do not profess to have done justice to the immortal and evergreen song but I assure you that whatever I have stated hereunder is from the bottom of my heart.  Udan Khatola (1955) produced by Naushad and Directed by Sunny S U had Dilip Kumar, Jeevan and Nimmi in the lead roles. Naushad composed its music and the songs were penned by lyricist Shakeel Badayuni. The music composition is the highlight of this film. (more…)

Tum Joh Mil Gaye Ho – The Path Breaker

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

This article is written by Mr. Nagesh Sidhanti, a member of Mohammed Rafi fan club Baar Baar Rafi.

Mohd Rafi and Madan Mohan

Mohd Rafi and Madan Mohan

An attempt to review ‘Tum Joh Mil Gaye Ho’ would be incomplete without actually ‘experiencing’ it, preferably on a rainy day over a long drive and you sure will be transported to a world of intense love and nostalgia.

From the movie ‘Hanste Zakhm’ (1973), this song is composed by the great Madan Mohan and lyrics penned by Kaifi Azmi. Very few songs in the 70s had such a balanced scope for Lyricist, Composer and Singer/s. (more…)

Eternal Rafi Saab – Kahin Bekhayal Hokar

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

This article is written by Bina. She belongs to the Baar Baar Rafi Fan Club in Bangalore.

Rafi Saab with Dev Saa

Rafi Saab with Dev Saa

Tarannum woh ho ke jo dil se chale
Toh lab-e-shaayar mein jaadoo sanwar de
Magar hoton se jab goonje fiza mein
Toh zameen-o-aasmaan ko ek kar de…

Each and every heart reading this has at one point or the other come across a particular song that seems to be in your rooh, that which spreads a soft light in the corners of your heart and seeps into your conciousness giving an infinite moment of happiness. (more…)

Some Rare Diamonds Of Rafi Saab-7

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

This article is written by Mr. Venkat Brahmandam.

(Rafi Sings For Raj Kapoor)

Shankar-Jaikishan with Rafi Sahab and Raj KapoorThere are many MDs who used Rafi Saab for Raj Kapoor in some Films.

But, Shankar Jaikishan have one unique specialty to their credit. They are the first MDs to have ever used Rafi Saab for Raj Kapoor, in Film:Barsat (1949), in a solo, “Main Zindagi Mein Hardam Rota Hi Raha Hoon“. And Film:Barsaat (1949) happens to be SJ’s very first Film too. (more…)

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