A short visit to the earth
By Mahesh Prasad Rijal
It is not so long ago that an angel made a short visit to the Earth to pleasurize mankind with a soothing voice. Although his visit lasted for a very short period of time, his progress in the field of singing was equally swift for he had a significant love for music.The glorious success he achieved in very short period was unachievable by any ordinary singing talent because his success were measured in people’s hearts, more than awards and trophies. His Godhood was visible not only by his sonorous voice, but also his character and never-proud-attitude that reflected the Goodness he had within him.
I describe his voice as ‘an incomparably delightful, fragile and soothing sound that would revitalize the surrounding like nature would vow down upon him with pleasure‘, such a magician he was. His voice changed the whole complexion and beauty of music and added a flavor of distinct pleasure in all his songs. His enjoyable attitude while singing reflected his undeniable passion he had in music, where he worked out his artistic ability to smoothen and present it in his own style, which struck the hearts of many. His songs still reincarnates his existence bringing people from any class, culture, religion to unify as victims of his heavenly voice. Music is fathomless and so is the fragrance of his voice. It seems as if his early death has remained as one of those forgetful sin of god. Even his birth onto this earth went on to be like an achievement of god to all Rafians.
In his times, no other singer could ever compete and earn enough respect like he did within his period of ‘Rafi era’ (1924-1980). With his commanding superiority throughout his lifetime, his voice gave color to music and brought a touchy feeling to all his listeners such that every time his song floated in the air,it would be shockingly surprising not to see people indisputably driven by his influence. Like a sound of a Cuckoo emerging out in a dark and dense forest, bringing a sense of intense pleasure, he emerged out as a singing God in his days. Although he got relatively low credit than he deserved (due to his profession that would not be well noticed like today due to which he wanted to act in films, but it didn’t go well like he wished ), even he didn’t knew how much of magic he had in his voice such that he was able to find a place in people’s hearts (which was much tougher than today), but he did it with grace and simplicity. He although couldn’t be a good actor himself as he wished, but he did produce such voice that turned many early actors into stars and then into superstars in Indian film industry. He is still an influence for many brilliant singers of today.
He has although returned into his original God-state, the flower of music he presented to all Rafians that he embellished with fragrance shall hardly get withered for a very long time.
It would not be appropriate in any case not to thank his parents in every aspect who deserve due regards from inner core of our hearts from all we Rafians. We are all blessed if to have lived his days of his era and felt the enlightenment he brought in music with his voice that would even make it undeniable to give him the title of god’s incarnation to the earth. He will ever be remembered in his every gift he has left for us, however, there is no doubt to say that a special day marked in the calender on December the 24th every year, on which this great person will be remembered as someone ‘greater than man’ was born and had lived and shared his blessings among all of us who are enlightened as “Rafians”.
I remember him in my memories, singing this line of a beautiful song where he says…
‘Chale the saath milke, chalenge saath milkar,tumhe rukna padega, meri aawaaz sunkar…….’