A Special Report on the occasion of Rafi Sahib’s 85th Birthday
The report of the annual Rafi Nite in Chandigarh is presented by
The Songs of Rafi Sahib have eternalized me also : Shatrughan Sinha
The latecomer Shatrughan Sinha had to sit on floor of the Chandigarh’s Tagore Theatre, which was overcrowded only with more than 2,000 fans of Rafi Sahib
“The Songs of Rafi Sahib have eternalized me also. I like his song ‘Mujhko mere baad zamana dhoondega’ the most.” These sentiments were presented by the Bollywood Star and politician Shatrughan Sinha at the occasion of Rafi Memorial Nite.
There was a very special occasion in Chandigarh on Sunday the 6th December, 2009 as Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society (Regd.) was holding a Rafi Memorial Nite. Shatrughan Sinha came late, as he used to, for an hour. The Tagore Theatre (Sector-18), having the seating capacity of 450, was over-crowded five times more only with the fans of the All Time Great-Mohd. Rafi.
Shatrughan Sinha saw the jam packed theatre and he preferred not to disturb the fans of Rafi sahib and preferred to sit on the floor of the theatre. Here, the photograph of Shatrughan Sinha is being published, while he was sitting on the floor during Rafi Memorial Nite. The organizers of the Rafi Nite had to work hard to bring the Chief Guest i.e. Shotgun from floor to the Chair. Shatrughan Sinha was very delighted to see the talented youth, singing the evergreen songs of Rafi Sahib. He encouraged the youth participants to sing like Rafi Sahib. He said in Hindi,”Vastav mein kuchh aisa kar ke dikhao ki aapko zamana usi tarah dhoondhe, jaise ab who Rafi Sahib ko dhoondh raha hai” (Actually you must sing like Rafi sahib, so that the people would eagerly seek you also). He remembered the songs from the films like Ek Nari Do Roop, Dost, Aadmi Sadak Ka, Sabak, Dostana of Rafi Sahib, which were picturised upon Shatru himself. He said, while holding the hands upon his heart, that “the songs of Rafi Sahib have immortalized me also.”
He paid rich tributes to the genius of Mohd. Rafi Sahib. He cited many memorable moments, spent with Rafi sahib. He advised the fellow politicians to follow the ethics practiced by Mohd. Rafi, who had worked for genuine producers without money. The audience (the children, women and men of all age groups) heavily clapped. More than 2,000 people, besides 450 seated, were standing in the small theatre to pay their tributes to their beloved singer the one and only Rafi Sahib.
The anchor of the show Mr. Vijay Vashisht (Mobile No. +91 – 98155-19693) is also a music loving fan of Rafi Sahib. Mr. Vashisht is a retired announcer of All India Radio Chandigarh. He presented the 40 participants of the age-groups from 13 yrs. to 65 yrs with a great enthusiasm. He told the audience about the brief background of every song, that was going to be presented before the audience by the participants. All were so mesmerized to see the soulful event of the Mohd. Rafi’s songs. Shatrughan Sinha lauded a young versatile singer Ankit Balhara, who stole the show along with another artist Ram Tirth. Shatru had to rose from his seat and he hugged Ankit in all admiration. On this occasion, a special prize and a cash award of Rs. 3,100 to Sheenu, a promising singer in memory of the late BM Kalia, the founder member and former Chairman of the Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society.
On the memorable occasion, Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal the Finance Minister Punjab, while presiding over the Annual Rafi Memorial Nite, said that Mohd. Rafi was an extremely humble and a distinctive person who had all qualities of head and heart. He told the audience about Music Director Roshan, initially known as Roshan Lal Nagrath, who had composed many memorable songs sung by Rafi Sahib like ‘Jo Vaada Kiya Who Nibhana Padega (Taj Mahal),’ ‘Hum Intezaar Karenge Tera Qyamat Tak (Bahu Begum)’, ‘Dil Jo Na Keh Saka (Bheegi Raat),’ ‘Zindagi Bhar Nahin Bhoolegi Who Barsaat Ki Raat (Barsaat Ki Raat)’, ‘Ab Kya Misaal Dun Mein Tumhare Shabab Ki (Aarti)’ etc.
The Annual Rafi Memorial Award 2009 was presented to Mr. BD Sharma for his outstanding contributions in keepking alive the memory of legendary singer Mohd. Rafi through music competitions for the last 24 years. The Award was instituted by Yaadgaar-e-Rafi Society, New Delhi in 1983 & was presented by its founder Chairman Amarjit Singh Kohli of New Delhi in the presence of Mr. Shatrughan Sinha. The Function was organized by a similar named Society “Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society” formed in Chandigarh in1985 by the award winner Mr. BD Sharma. Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, New Delhi has been organizing music competitions in New Delhi since 1983 and many of its winners are today playback singers including Sonu Nigam.”
The young singers like Chander Kant, Balwinder Singh, Vinay Kumar, Priyanka Singh, Sukhna Singh, Suman Rani, Shakshar Sharma, Navjeet Singh, Harnoor Bhullar, Ankit, Yaur Kapur, Puneet Kaur, Asawari, Rishu Kapur and Deeksha Rathi were also honoured on this occasion. Mr. Manpreet Badal lit the lamp before the photograph of Mohd. Rafi alongwith Shatrughan Sinha. The function proved a true tribute to Rafi Sahib on his upcoming 85th Birthday.
About Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society (Regd.), Chandigarh
Some Music lovers of Chandigarh formed a society named Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society in 1985 to protect and preserve the finest quality of light music in this part of the region. The society has been organizing the function in a meticulous way on the days made sacred as the death and birth of the Evergreen and Legendary singer Mohd. Rafi. The society’s prime objective is to promote cultural activities and spot talent. The society is also very active to keep the memory of great singer Mohd. Rafi’s singing quality and the rich tradition of the golden period of Hindi film music. At present, Mr. BD Sharma (Mobile Phone : +91 – 98147-3112) is the president of Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, Mr. RD Kailey (Mobile Phone : +91 – 98156-16020) is the General Secretary, Mr. Vinod Polka (Mobile Phone : +91 – 98151-51188) is the Organising Secretary. Moreover, Dr. BC Gupta IAS, Mr. GS Grewal IAS, Mr. JS Bir IAS & Mr. Rajiv Bali are the esteemed Patrons of the Society.
The Society organize each year the singing contest for best singer award for male and female (Junior and Senior categories) in the memory of great singer Mohd. Rafi. It may also be worth-mentioning here that the Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society has been graced over the years by the various film personalities such as Shahid Rafi (Son of Rafi sahib) 1989; Janab Hasrat Jaipuri (1992); Mrs. Bilquis Rafi (Wife of Mohd. Rafi) (1993); Jubilee Star Rajendera Kumar (1994); popular Music Director Ravi (1995); Biswajit (1996); Usha Khanna (1997); Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Janab Majrooh Sultanpuri (1998); Music Director OP Nayyar (1999); Dada Sahib Phalke Award Winner and Music Director Janab Naushad (2000); popular Music Director Anandji (2001); Music Director Sh. Pyarelal (Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo) 2002; a popular heroine Asha Parekh (2003), A popular Music director Padmashri Ravi and Bollywod Playback singer Anwar (2004); a renowned heroine Mala Sinha (2005); A popular hero of 60s Biswajit (2006); Play Back Singer Suman Kalyanpur (2007); and moreover last year playback singer Ms. Mubarak Begum came in the City Beautiful i.e. Chandigarh for the annual function of the society as Chief Guest.
The report of the annual Rafi Nite in Chandigarh is presented by
Mehtab-Ud-Din, Managing Editor Hamdard Weekly (Toronto, Canada).
He may be contacted at +91 – 98157-03226. He has the repute in Punjabi Journalism.