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A love ode to Mohammad Rafi

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Source: Binu Nair

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Mohammad Rafi songs are for all seasons. And to keep it alive, a few fans have formed the Rafi Foundation. Trust in IC Colony, Borivali. The pilot of the project is Binu Nair, an ex-NRI, who now devotes his time to run the trust. On December 7, a full house of music lovers were treated to some exquisite Rafi tracks at the Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium under the title Romantic Rafi. (more…)

A special tribute from a fan of Mohammed Rafi

Monday, September 30th, 2013

By Sharad Desai

Dear Rafi sahab lovers,

I like songs of Mohammed Rafi almost for more than 50 years. As a common man I am lucky to have meeting with Rafi sahab in Mumbai.

Following is a small article I had sent to DNA Pune newspaper which got published. I hope you will like this and give your feedback, also share similar experience you had with Rafi sahab.

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Mohammad Rafi, his fan Sharad Desai shares some memories of a rendezvous with the legendary singer. (more…)

Rain, Rafi and Romantic songs

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

By Jyothi Prabhakar for Delhi Times covering Rafi Foundation’s event of July 31, 2012

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Mohd Rafi

The weather was just right for this concert, with the rains giving Delhi a romantic feel. The event was a tribute to legendary playback singer Mohammed Rafi, organized by the Rafi Foundation. And thankfully, the event started without waiting for the stars to arrive. But before we get to the songs and the singers – Jackie Shroff came first, spotted the photogs, quickly whipped out his sunglasses in the dark of the auditorium and put them on. (more…)

Umesh Makhija – a Rafi Devotee

Monday, April 29th, 2013

This article was originally posted on Times of India newspaper.
Source: Rafi Group – Baar Baar Rafi

Umesh Makhija, 48,Lingerie trader, Ahmedabad

When Umesh Makhija’s customers open the women’s lingerie he manufactures at his Ahmedabad unit, the box’s printed inlays greet them with: Ae phoolon ki rani, bahaaron ki mallika, tera muskurana gazab ho gaya. (more…)

Dev Anand: Bollywood’s very own Peter Pan says adieu (Obituary)

Sunday, December 4th, 2011


Dev Anand

Dev Anand

From “Baazi” in 1951 to “Chargesheet” in 2011, it was an untrammeled joyride through six decades of Bollywood. It’s curtains for the ageless Dev Anand, who oversaw the growth of the Hindi film industry from the black and white era to technicolour, and leaves behind a unique legacy of a star who had moved way beyond his cinematic works.

He acted, he directed and produced… almost till the end with his last film “Chargesheet” being released this year when he was all of 88 and still raring to go, as ebullient and ageless as ever. Reviewing “Chargesheet”, a well known critic put against the rating “irrelevant”. It truly didn’t matter by then whether the film was good or bad. The much loved legend had given so much through the years that he was forgiven almost everything. (more…)

Shammi Kapoor’s ashes immersed in Dal Lake

Sunday, September 4th, 2011


Shammi Kapoor

Shammi Kapoor

Shammi Kapoor, who romanced Bollywood beauties in the snow-capped mountains of Kashmir in films like “Kashmir Ki Kali” and “Junglee” and immortalised the shikara on the Dal Lake in the song “Tareef karun kya uski”, has finally become a part of that surrounding forever — his ashes were immersed in the lake.

The ashes of the actor, who died Aug 14, were immersed by his son Aditya Raj Kapoor Friday.

Aditya Raj was accompanied by his sister Kanchan and actors Shabana Azmi, Vinod Khanna, Asha Parekh, Sharmila Tagore, Poonam Dhillon, Amitabh Bachchan and Tina Ambani. (more…)

Veteran Bollywood actor and director Shammi Kapoor passed away

Sunday, August 14th, 2011


Shammi Kapoor, Sharmilla Tagore

Shammi Kapoor, Sharmilla Tagore

Veteran Bollywood actor and director Shammi Kapoor passed away today at the age of 79. Shammi was suffering from chronic renal failure and was admitted at Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital. Born on born October 21, 1931, in a Punjabi Khatri family, Shammi was a prominent lead actor in Hindi cinema during the late 1950s and 1960s.

He was given the name Shamsher Raj Kapoor at his birth in Mumbai to film and theatre actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shammi was the second of the three sons born to Prithviraj (the other two being Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor), both of whom were, like their father, successful Bollywood actors. (more…)

Dev Anand remembers Mohammed Rafi

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

By Indo Asian News Service

Veteran actor Dev Anand remembered Mohammed Rafi on his 31st death anniversary Sunday, saying the legendary singer was one of the greatest souls.

Rafi’s death anniversary is today but he is indeed immortal and (I) always feel he is around and in our hearts n soul I admire his voice and range. Rafi a great soul very quiet and fine person,” the actor posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. (more…)

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