Humility, thy name is Rafi…?
This article is written by Mr. Achal Rangaswamy
My great friend of over 23 years Bashir Shaikh, who is another film and cricket freak like me wrote to me via my blog some time back. He was writing in response to my maiden write up on my blog on my idol and inspiration- the great Mohd Rafi Saab.
I want to share with you all what bashir wrote:
Your piece has touched me.
You have left nothing for me to say about his singing and his songs.
However,I would like to say something about the man. Many many years ago a neighbor of mine was privileged enough to attend the recording of the Rafi-Manna Dey number, “Ek jaanib sham-e-mehfil”, from I think Abhilasha. He said while Manna Dey left immediately after the recording, Rafi spent time talking to every musician, checking if they needed anything.
It is said that after every successful recording, Rafi would distribute sweets.No wonder his voice was so sweet!
And finally, I must tell you about this American colleague-of Pakistani origin-of mine. When he landed in Mumbai, he had only one mission- to visit Rafi sahaab’s mazhaar. I showed him Shahrukh’s house, Amitabh’s house, etc. but he was least interested.I finally took him to Rafi’s grave and his life’s mission was accomplished.The grave is very simple-no epitaph nothing.He wanted it thus it seems.Simple and humble in life..and death.
There will never be a Rafi again
My dear friends, I happened to cross Mohd Rafi Chowk last week during a business trip to Mumbai. I once again found just a simple block with the words Padmashree Mohd Rafi Chowk written on it.
Rafi Saab would never have asked for anything. But I ask and I am sure you will all join me in asking. Doesn’t he deserve much more?
When lesser mortals are heaped with all kinds of titles and awards, what can one say for Rafi Saab?
He was the greatest. And he deserves the Best.