Shradhanjali Shri Pawan Ji
This information is shared by Mr. Zorawar Chhugani, General Secretary, Rafi Foundation Memorial Society, Delhi.
Once again the time came for Rafi fans to get active all across for various activities associated with 31st July. As every Rafi fan was doing it, Rafi Foundation Memorial Society, Delhi (Delhi Chapter of Rafi Foundation) also got into action for their 31st July programme decided to be held at Gandhi Memorial Hall (Pearey Lal Bhawan, ITO, Delhi) with all its members doing their bit to make the programme a grand success and the feelings were that the programme should not go low anyways since Rafi Sahab’s name was attached to it.
We went through three rigorous rehearsals with DO RE MI Orchestra led by Shri Satish Popli and Shri Jaswant Popli.
The programme, started at 6.30 PM, got a well deserved audience response as the hall was jam packed with about 600 people inside the auditorium around 7.30 PM. The programme started with the title song of the evening, Meri Awaaz Suno and ended with Chal Ud Ja re Panchhi and O Duniya Ke Rakhwale. Everyone was happy about the resounding success of the nite but nobody knew what the destiny had in store for all of us.
Our lovingly Pawan Ji, the backbone of every activity in our society and the soul of every musical programme organized by our society, left for his heavenly abode on 3rd September’09. He was admitted to the hospital on 4th August’09 and then after he didn’t come back home.
To our surprise, we came to know that even for the last rehearsal of the programme which happened on 30th July, he had come directly from hospital and that too without doctor’s permission. He had only told doctor that even if he is not allowed, he will have to go as he has to fulfill his duties not only towards society but towards Rafi Sahab who has been his strength for so many years.
We, all at Rafi Foundation Memorial Society, mourn his death with deep regret and we know that the place vacated by him can never be filled for years to come.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE !
LONG LIVE RAFI SAHAB, LONG LIVE HAMARE PAWAN JI !