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Hai Tere Nagamon Mein Woh Nasha Rafi Sahab, Ke Duniya Bhar Ke Maykhane Veeran Ho Jaaye

By an intoxicated fan – A S MURTY – rafimurty {a.t} gmail.com

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

Rafi Sahab never touched alcohol? Did he not ever take any drinks ? Unbelievable, many would say. But most know that Rafi Sahab stayed clear of any kind of alcohol.  A god-fearing person that he was, Rafi Sahab was content with his singing and loved to be back with his family after his recordings and did not give any time to partying.  His only other outings would be for live programmes around the globe and at the altar of the borders of India, giving succor the embattled and fatigued Indian soldiers who gave their all for the country’s safety.

In Hindi films, we have seen scores of heroes, character artistes, comedians, even villains getting drunk to the brim and there are hundreds of very lovely songs picturized in such an event.  Many singers have had the opportunity to playback for such songs – Mukesh, Talat Mahmood, Kishore Kumar and Rafi Sahab, to speak of the only prominent ones.  But it is to the credit of Rafi Sahab perhaps that he took the bulk of such songs for various reasons. 

Rafi Sahab was the voice of hundreds of heroes, comedians and other artistes in an era spanning well over two decades – from the late 1950s to the middle of 1970s.  But this was not the main or the sole reason for Rafi Sahab being bestowed with the maximum number of songs where the central theme is intoxication or wine.  It was the mystical and suroor-filled modulation, diction and presentation that were the hallmark of Rafi Sahab and who simply has no peers in this business.  If we say that Rafi Sahab enjoyed the unique place of being the numero uno in most genres of songs, it was purely due to his supremacy which remains unconquered till now.  It will not be out of place to state that we will never get to hear another voice which is complete in all respects.

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

Unfortunately for us, many of such songs where the lip-synching character has a bottle in his hand and is portraying what Rafi Sahab has already packaged into a lovely and fulsome rendition are not popular among the music lovers and many a times, most have not even heard of such songs.  In recent times when I got a whiff of some of these songs based on Nasha/Suroor, I was delighted beyond words.  This is a treasure hove of some of the fines songs by Rafi Sahab and a very particular genre which can be talked about for eternity.  Here are some songs that come off-hand and some of them include even the more famous ones.  My only request to all Rafi Bhakts is to go on adding to this list for our mutual benefit so that no one is bereft from hearing some of the gems of Hindi film music which have been so artistically crafted by Rafi Sahab.

  1. KABHI NA KABHI KAHIN NA KAHIN KOI NA KOI TO AYEGA —  Sharabi
  2. MUJHE DUNIYA WALON SHARABI NA SAMJHOLeader
  3. JITNI LIKHI THI MUQADDAR MEIN HUM UTNI PEE CHUKENai Roshni – [audio:NaiRoshni_JitniLikhiThiMukadar.mp3]
  4. YE DIL NAHI HAI KE JISKE SAHARE JEETE HAINAbroo
  5. YE MEHFIL YE BOTAL YE RANGEEN PAANIIssi Ka Naam Duniya Hai
  6. SAQIA ITNI PILA DE KE BEHAK JAAOON MAINPooja Aur Payal – [audio:PoojaAurPayal_SaqiaItniPilade.mp3]
  7. HUM BEKHUDI MEIN TUMKO PUKARE CHALE GAYEKala Pani
  8. SAQIA AISEE PILADE HUMKO DEEWANA BANADEMall Road – [audio:MallRoad_SaqiaAisiPilade.mp3]
  9. UTTH GAYI  MEHFIL BUJH GAYI SHAMMA (MAIN SHARABI NAHI) – KHILONA (duet     with Asha Bhonsle)
  10. PILA DE MAGAR SHART YE HOGI SAAQISab Ka Ustad
  11. KABHI KHUD PE KABHI HALAT PE RONA AAYAHum Dono
  12. MEHFIL SE UTT JANE WALON TUM LOGON PAR KYA ILZAMDooj Ka Chand
  13. MAINE PEE SHARAB TUMNE KYA PIYANaya Rasta
  14. AAJI KI RAAT PEENE DE SAQIDO CHEHRE (Male duet with Manna De)

Rafi Sahab had also the distinction of understanding the poet’s mind, the picturization of the scene and the character on whom the song was being filmed and thus could present the perfect modulation.  His diction of Urdu and Hindi would place many a men of letters to shame.

For example, take the song number three above – Jitni Likhi Thi Muqaddar Mein (Nai Roshni).  The lyricist, nay the poet, is Sahir Ludhianvi.  AB HAMARI KHUSHK ANKHON MEIN KUCH DHOONDE KOI, ASHQ INME JITNE THE HUM PEE CHUKE HUM PEE CHUKE is penned with thousands of thoughts in the poet’s mind and easily and aptly crafted with the exact modulation by Rafi Sahab, adding that much more luster to the written words.

His in-depth knowledge of music also was reason enough for Rafi Sahab to surpass the expectations of the music directors.  I know that many of Rafi Sahab’s very knowledgeable fans would write their thoughts and most with much more authority at their command than I could have done and hence I am leaving the topic wide open for you all to fill in the list of such tasteful and endearing songs of Rafi Sahab which would give the kick that many tend to get when they visit a bar. Not necessary anymore, I would say.

NA MAYKHANE MAYKASHI MUJHKO, NA HOSH-E-ASHIQUI MUJHKO
YE KIN RAAHON SE YAAR AB, LE CHALI HAI ZINDAGI MUJHO

The path is the most melodious and intoxicating Rafi-path. Experience it for untold bliss, today.

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57 Blog Comments to “Hai Tere Nagamon Mein Woh Nasha Rafi Sahab, Ke Duniya Bhar Ke Maykhane Veeran Ho Jaaye”

  1. SNambiath says:

    True, and kudos to Mr. SA Murty for this wonderful observation.

    The list of ‘Sharabi’ songs is however incomplete, without the divine song picturised on Raj Kumar, from the film Kajal – “Choo Lene Do Nazukh Honthon Ko…”

  2. very nice compilation murtyji tks some songs such as maine peena seekh lya (gunj uthi shanai) koi saga dil ko bahalata nashin(di diya dard liya) mujhe le chalo(sharabi-devanand) are missing . hats of rafisab who never touched the sharab sung all this sharabi songs perfectly like any drunkkard can sing with heavy toungue and slur .it is rafisabs speciality that such a shy personality sung so many shararati(chechad type) songs nicely .tks agn

  3. sashikumar says:

    Living with your ever lingering songs Rafi saaheb

  4. Rafi sb was ‘one of of the greatest singer’ won’t be enough to justify his greatness. He was simply a magician who could read the minds of not only the musicians, lyricists or the hero, he also would read the minds of the listeners & audience in the cinema hall. He was unparallel and could not be compared to any singers of any time. He was a messenger of God…

  5. HEMANT SAMPAGAONKAR says:

    Rafi was Rafi ! None other can match him. But, … … Are we not wrong in saying Rafi “was” Rafi ? He still is there. His songs start early morning 6:30 and close with Vividh Bharati’s closing at 11:00 p.m. On ensuing 31st it is his 33rd death anniversary. To my observation, so many mediocre songs, only because Rafi saab sang, were popular. Rafi knew well how “Aata achcha nahin to bhi Roti achcha banana”.

  6. Venkatesh says:

    Very nice song and apt for today’s situation. Beautifully rendered.
    kvs

  7. Abhijt Sharma says:

    Pl send a family photo

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