Rafi in Background
This article is written by Mr. Anmol Singh.
Songs in background in films are used to describe a special occasion in a film where either there is turning point in the story or a special message to be conveyed. Among all the singers a classic example would be the legendary composer S D Burman who never gave play back to any actor as a singer. He sang for only special occasions in many classics like Bandhni, Sujata, Guide, etc. All most every singer has contributed incredible songs sung in background. There are few gems contributed by Rafi Sahab as well.
Majority films are about fiction & entertainment, which relives stress to some extend from this day to day hectic life. There are filmmakers like Guru Dutt who have dared to made films highlighting the materialistic world where all relationships are temporary. There one such gem is in the film â€œKaagaz Ke Phoolâ€. The song â€œDekhi Zamane Ki Yaariâ€¦Bichde Sabhi Baari Baariâ€ is an incredible score delivered by Rafi under S D Burman. The song starts in background with a very high pitch Alap and later describes the materialistic attitude of this unforgivable world.
The year 1962 sees the Indo-China war where India suffered maximum casualty of soldiers. It was a huge defeat on part of India. The scenario is described the best by the film â€œHaqeekatâ€ which has a patriotic song in background â€œKar Chle Hum Fidaâ€. The song is an ultimate tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in the battle. Rafi Sahab starts with a slow Alap and operates full throttle there after. The song is a great source of motivation in every aspect of life. Even if one has lost every thing, there is still enough strength left within us to recharge ourselves and fight back.
The song â€œTujh To Pukre Mera Pyarâ€ from â€œNeel Kamalâ€ can best describe a soul, which is trying to seek salvation from centuries. The words â€œAaja…Aaja…Aajaâ€ in the Alap describes the eternal pain of the soul the best. Full marks to Rafi Sahab and Ravi for rendering this magnificent gem with great sensitivity. The song appears in background since the soul is invisible. Finally the song ends with same eternal pain â€œAajaâ€¦Aajaâ€¦Aajaâ€. There is another song on similar lines â€œSau Baar Janam Lengeâ€ from â€œUstaadon Ke Ustaadonâ€. Once again it is the magic of the Rafi-Ravi combo.
Life is a combination Good and Bad times. The song â€œWaqt Se Din Aur Raatâ€ from the film â€œWaqtâ€ describes it the best. The song is a formation of great lyrics written by Sahir. It appears in background in the film where the story has a turning point portraying the separation of the families due the natural calamity. Rafi Sahab once again deliverers a great High Pitch Alap â€œKal Jahaan Basi The Khushiaan; Aaj Hai Maatam Vahan; Waqt Laya Tha Baharen; Waqt Laya Hai Khizaâ€. Yesterday where there was happiness, Today there is Sorrow; Time had brought happiness, Time has brought sorrow. There is no poetry other than this song which can define a â€œTime (Waqt)â€ so well. Rafi Sahab gives outstanding expression to Sahirâ€™s work. Despite the differences with the B R banner, Ravi wanted only Rafi Sahab to sing this number. (Courtesy â€“ Jai Mala Programme).
From a film â€œDaastanâ€ where an individual is held on the cross roads of life where one doesnâ€™t know where to go; is best described by the song â€œNa Tu Zameen Ke Liye Hai Na Aasma Ke Liyeâ€ from â€œDaastanâ€. Once again it is Rafi at his best for LP.
As we move ahead in the late 70s there are more such incredible gems delivered my Rafi Saab. The film â€œMuktiâ€ starts with the following words â€œMil Jaati Hai; Sasaar Se Mukti; Miltee Nahi Marke Bhi Magar Pyaar Se Muktiâ€. This is a music-less Alap sung by Rafi Saab to the perfection for Pancham. The song is â€œPyar Hai Ek Nishan Kadmo Kaâ€ written by Anand Bakshi speaks the summary of the entire film just in a few words. This song is a tribute to Rafi Sahab and all the great legends; who have left their physical form from this world, but are very much associated with their fans and all the well wishers through the love they had left behind. There is a very beautiful line in the song â€œRok Leti Hai Rah Mein Yaaden, Jap Bhi Raahon Se Hum Guzarte Haiâ€. This line is dedicated to all the loved ones who have been very closely associated with Rafi Sahab.
There is a devotional song (Gurbani) from a Punjabi film â€œGuru Maneo Granthâ€ which needs a special mention. The Gurbani â€œKoi Bole Ram Ram, Koi Khudaae, Koi Sewe Goseyaan, Koi Allaaeâ€ sung by Rafi Sahab appears in background. It signifies the realization of God where the devotee listens to his inner voice (conscience) after spending his entire life in improper deeds. Rafi Sahab has sung most Punjabi devotional songs in the early 70s during his lean phase under S Mohindar.
Possibly the last song sung by Rafi Saab is also in background from the film â€œAas-Paasâ€. â€œTu Kahin Aas Paas Hai Dostâ€. It is indeed a very unfortunate coincidence that after singing this song Rafi Sahab goes in background forever from his world. We as Rafi fans are left nothing but to feel Rafi Sahabâ€™s present through his songs speaking to ourselves â€œTere Aane Ki Aas Hai Dostâ€¦.Sham Phir Udaas Hai Dostâ€¦.Tu Kahin Aas Paas Hai Dostâ€. Indeed without Rafi our every moment is Udaas.
Some of the other incredible songs sung by Rafi Sahab in background are – â€œSapne Jhade…Caravan Guzar Gayaâ€ from Nayi Umar Ki Nayi Fasal; â€œAb Koi Gulshan Na Ujadeâ€ from Mujhe Jeene Do; â€œRahein Na Rahein Humâ€ from Mamta; The title song â€œGanga Tera Pani Amritâ€; â€œTaqdeer Ke Suron Se Koi Bach Na Payegaaâ€ from Be-Rehem.