Mohammed Rafi – The Voice of the Masses
This little piece has been penned down by Mr D.P.Bijoor and shared by Mr Nitin D Dhareshwar.
The voice born at the Kotla Sultan Singh located near Amritsar, the fragrant voice of the soil, in which he was born on 24th December 1924, the voice of the khet, khaliyan in which he grew up, the voice of you & me, the voice of the masses and ultimately the voice of the silver screen almost ranging from Talat Mahmood to Mahmood and various character and other artists.
The voice of Mohammed Rafi Saab with the voice so great and the human being par excellence. Mohammed Rafi has so many beautiful songs & renditions to his credit which he has performed for the sake of this beautiful nature and its surroundings. A few of the songs which fall under this category are enumerated as follows
1) Bheeni bheeni khushboonko chiratee huwee jab who rehnooma aawaj nikalti hai tho kaheti hai â€œChalo dil dar chalo chand ke paar chalo ham hai tayyar chaloâ€ with Lata Mangeshkar from the film Pakeezha.
2) Pyare pyare khetonse woh ahista sur milate hai aur kehte hai â€œNeel gagan par udate badal aa aa aa dhoop mein jalta khet hamara kar de thoo chhayaâ€ with Asha Bhosale from the film Khandaan
3) â€œIn baharon mein akele na phiro rah ha mein kaali ghata roka na leâ€ with Asha Bhosale from the film Mamta
4) â€œBaharon phool barsawo mera mehboob aaya haiâ€ from the film Suraj
Rafi Saabs golden voice was in fact meant for all the cast & creed including the rich & the elite, the poor and the down-trodden which indeed made him the greatest performer amongst all his other contemporaries.
Here are some of the examples which he has performed for the much lesser artists:
Who can ever forget the song â€œYe zindagee ke mele duniya mein kam na honge afsos hum na hongeâ€ from the film Mela which was filmed on an unknown artiste but still the song became a super duper hit in the annals of the History
The other similar song â€œZindabad zindabad hai muhobbat zindabad” from the film Mughale Azam was filmed on the great character actor Kumar Â
There was also a song â€œChaman ke phool bhee tujhako gulab kehe hai hamee nahee hai sabhee la jawab kehte haiâ€ with Lata Mangeshkar from the film Shikari filmed on Ajit and Ragini (sister of Padmini) The other 2 songs which I remember for Ajit are from the film Miss Bombay which was made in the year 1957 starring Nalini Jaywant and the songs are â€œBadla tho aaise badlaâ€ and â€œDin ho ya raat ho tumharee marjiâ€ with Suman Kalyanpur.
Rafi had also sung that evergreen great song for Bhagwan from the film Albela â€œIs dil mein mere kaun ye deewana aagaya jab shamma ne pukara tho parwana aagayaâ€ with Lata Mangeshkar
For Shaikh Mukhtar Rafi has lent his voice in the film Ramudada and the 2 songs which I remember are â€œDaal bhee de palkon kiâ€ with Lata Mangeshkar and â€œJinda hai jinda humseâ€ with Suman Kalyanpur
For Chandrashekhar he has sung â€œlaagee chhote na kab se sanamâ€ with Lata Mangeshkar and the other songs which I remember are â€œNache nagin baje binâ€ with Lata Mangeshkar, â€œPehle nazar tere pyaar,â€ â€œSubha na aayee sham na aayeeâ€ and “Ek chameli ke mandve taleâ€ both from the film Cha Cha Cha with music by Iqbal Quereshi.
For Jagdeep, Rafi Saab has sung a few of the great songs like â€œPaas baitho tabiyat behel jayegee maut bhee agayee tho tal jayegeeâ€ from the film Punar Milan which was made in 1964 with music by C Arjun and starring Ameeta, Balraj Sahni & Jagdeep, â€œChal udjare panchee ab des uwa beganaâ€ from the film Bhabi starring Nanda, Balraj Sahni, Jagdeep and Shyama.
As for Jagdeep he has also starred in the film Bindiya with music by Iqbal Quereshi which starred Padmini and Balraj Sahni
For Mahipal Rafi Saab has sung the following great songs:
1) â€œTeree duniya se dhoor chale hoke majboorâ€ with Lata Mangeshkar from the film Zabak
2) â€œWoh jab yaad aaye bahot yaad aayeâ€ & Roshan tumhee se duniya raunak tumhin jahankeeâ€ from the film Parasmani
Note: We have tried to present this small piece basically to remember the small time great artists who have over the years have indeed slogged in this Industry. But today who remembers them. Any omissions should hence be pardoned please.