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Rafi Saab sings for Roshan

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Mohd Rafi with Mehboob Khan, Roshan

Mohd Rafi with Mehboob Khan, Roshan

Today I just happened to log on to my childhood memories and the great music director Roshan suddenly appeared in front of my memory screen with his ever joyful smile & that always happy and blushing cute face.

Roshan was one of those very rare composers with great confidence who indeed had fascinated me a lot in my early childhood days. His all-time evergreen song from the Rajashri Productions film Aarti titled — Rahe na rahe hum maheka karenge ban ke kalee ban ke fiza — by Lata Mangeshkar still fascinates me.

As a mark of respect to Roshan I would like to pen down a few of his great & classic compositions with our Beloved King of Melody – Mohammed Rafi Saab as follows

Zindagee bhar na bhulegee Barsaat Ki Raat (1963)
Maine shayaad tumhe pehle bhi kabhi Barsaat Ki Raat (1963)
Ab kya misaal doon Aarti
O daata daata de Aji Bas Shukriya (1958) with Asha Bhosale
Dil jo na kahe saka Bheegi Raat
Jo wada Kiya Taj Mahal (1963) with Lata Mangeshkar
Ghum e hasti se bas begana hota Vallah Kya baat Hai (1962)
Aja hoon na aayee balama Saanjh aur Savera (1964) with Suman Kalyanpur
Jo baat tujh me hai teree tasveer mein Taj Mahal (1963)
Ek soorat pyaree Vallah Kya baat Hai (1962)
Ghame hasti Vallah Kya baat Hai (1962)
Who bijlee hai ham shola Vallah Kya baat Hai (1962)
Caravan guzar gaya gubar dekhate rahe Nai Umar ki Nayee fasal (1965)
Paon Choo lene do pholon ko inayat hogee Taj Mahal (1963) with Lata Mangeshkar
Mana re tu kahe na dheer dhare Chitralekha
En havaon me akele na phira karoo Mamta
Khanke to khanke Vallah Kya baat Hai (1962) with Asha Bhosale

Mohd Rafi with Mehboob Khan, Roshan

In addition there were several other great compositions which Rafi Saab has rendered under the music supervision of Roshan. Who can ever forget the great Quwali of Barsaat ki Raat titled – Ye ishk ishk Hai with Manna Dey where Mannada had exclaimed that when Rafi Saab came on the mike & started his lines titled — Jab jab Krishna kee bansee baje nikhale Radha saja ke — Manna Dey almost forgot his lines.

In fact like the other greats like Jaikishan, Shailendra, Madhubala, Geeta Bali & Gurudutt Roshan too had left for his heavenly abode almost at a very young & tender age of 36 years.

May the soul of all the above Greats rest in eternal peace!!!

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13 Blog Comments to “Rafi Saab sings for Roshan”

  1. Manish Kumar says:

    Thanks for sharing some of your favorite Rafi – Roshan songs. I listened to a few that I hadn’t heard of. The songs of Valla Kya Baat Hai were very lively and energetic. I was surprised this was Roshan because I was expecting something slower and thoughtful but that album was great. Ab Kya Misaal Doon is of course one of my favorite songs of all time. Roshan really tailored a supreme song that would take advantage of Mohammed Rafi’s magic.

  2. arghya says:

    Rahe na rahe hum mehka karenge- is from the movie Mamata(1966) and not Aarti.. Mamata featured Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra and Suchitra sen in a double role.. Apart from Lata’s “rahe na rahe hum”, the other great songs of this movie are “In baharon me akele na firo, raahon me kaali ghata rok na le”(Rafi-Lata) and “Chhupa Lo yun dil me pyar mera”(Hemant-Lata)..

    Roshan lived from 1919-1968, so, he lived for 49 years and not 36..


  3. Imran Rustam says:

    Roshan Sb has created great compositions which are inevitable. All songs of movie Babar were great hits. Meri Mohabbat Qabool Kr Lo sung by Lata Jee is a great song from movie Babar.

    Qawali “Ishq Ishq” is the greates Qawali ever specially entrance of Rafi sb is stunning.


  4. Anmol Singh says:

    Ref Post No – 5

    Hello Nadkarni Sahab,

    Thanks for sharing this great experience with Rafi Sahab.

  5. I appreciate & thank all of you especially Mr G V Guru Murthyjee & Mr Thangaljee for correcting me for the wrong inclusion of the song from the film Sanjh Aur Savera which indeed had music by Shankar Jaikishan & not Roshan
    Further the song elaborated in my article Rahe na rahe hum was indeed from the film Mamta, however Mr Murthyjee I always get bowled over because the song from the film Aarti – Kabhee to milenge kahee to milenge baharon kee manzil Rahee sung by Lata Mangeshkar has a typical Roshan touch
    Thanks Sandeepjee for sharing a very beautiful moment with all of us
    The Roshans – Rakesh, Rajesh & now Hritick have indeed kept their family flag flying very high almost since the year 1950

  6. Anmol Singh says:

    Good Article,

    I believe that people who are very extra ordinary are not bless with age. Roshan Lal Nagrath (Roshan) is one such personality, who has composed songs which are a landmark in Bollywood.

    The qwaalis composed by Roshan are the best ever composed in the history of Bollywood. Rafi-Roshan combo have given us a few ultimate gems which will remembered for years to come.

    I will add a few gems to the list.

    – Aap Ne Yaad Dilaya To Mujhe Yaad – Rafi
    – Hum Intezaar Karenge Tera Qayaamat Tak – Rafi / Asha
    – Teri Duniya Mein Dil Lagta Nahi – Mukesh
    – Tum Agar Mujhko Na Chaaho – Mukesh
    – Mile Na Phool To Kanton Se Dosti Karli – Rafi
    – O Mohre Tali Nadi Ke Jaal Mein – Mukesh
    – Rehte The Kabhi Unke Dil Mein – Lata

    I can say the Rhitik Roshan is very unfortunate for not having seen his Grand Father.

  7. pmc thangal says:

    the music of the filim saanj aur savera is not performed by roshan,its md is sanker the filim baber rafi saab had sung a fine song tume ekbaru muhabat…under the baton of roshenji.

  8. Praveen Devatha says:

    Thank you Mr.Bijoor for taking me back into nostalgia. It helps a lot to think about that glorious golden period. My whole spirit gets enlightened and I get rejuvenated fully. This is the energy that keeps me going in this world of world devoid of simplicity. The songs mentioned by you are all masterpieces that Roshan composed. The glow and the warmth of those moments will always be unmatched. Thank you once again.
    Praveen Devatha

  9. Mr D P Bijoorjee
    Small & fruitful little piece Sir.
    I had the unique opportunity of my life time to be a part of Roshans violinist team while he was recording the very beautiful duet from the film Taj Mahal – Paon chulene do phoolon ko inayat hogee – with Lata Mangeshkar
    However before the final take, I started experiencing severe abdominal pain & was immediately rushed to the hospital having diagnosed appendicitis and was advised immediate surgery. I deeply regret to have missed this only opportunity of playing this only song with Roshan Saab
    However I was totally shocked & surprised beyond my imagination & capacity to see the Legend Rafi Saab who after the recording of the aforesaid song had visited the hospital to inquire about my health. Rafi Saab was there in the hospital for a very brief period & had said – bete kaise ho –
    Such was the greatness & generosity of our beloved king of melody
    Roshans orchestra piece in fact had the best violinist team ever better than the piece of Naushad Saab.

  10. H.V.GURU MURTHY says:


    Two small corrections in an otherwise interesting article.

    1. “Rahe Na Rahe Hum” duet of Rafi-Suman is from “Mamta” and not from “AArti”.
    2. Music of “Aja Huna Aaye” from “Saang Aur Savera” was by SJ and not by Roshan.

    Other wonderful Rafi songs of MD Roshan were,

    1. Cha Gaye Balam – Asha duet in Chitralekha.
    2. Jaane Wo Kaun Hai Kya – Bheegi Raat.
    3. Aise To Na Dekho – Suman duet in Bheegi Raat.
    4. Sun Ae Mahajabi – Dooj Ka Chand.
    5. Mehfilse – Dooj Ka Chaand.
    6. Chand Takata Hai Idhar – Lata duet from Dooj Ka Chand.
    7. Baar Baar Tohe Kya Smjaun – Lata duet from Aarti.

  11. mohamed parvez says:

    thanx for this nice article by d.p.bijoor ji rafisaab wa roshn jis favorite singer weather it qawaali or romantic or sad song any type of song rafisaab sang for roshan ji i would like to invite everybody to visit my blog dedicated to our beloved rafisaab

  12. Anil Cherian says:

    Rafisahab-Roshanji was one of the better combos we’ve had. Roshanji was possibly the one who used the ‘soft-n-silky’ property of Rafisahab’s voice, the best.
    Here’s ‘ab kya misaal dun…’:
    and here’s ‘paon chu lene ko…’:

  13. biman baruah says:

    Respected Bijor Ji

    Hearty thanks & congratulations for sharing a great title of Roshan-Rafi combination with some wounderful songs. Barsat Ki Raat, Taj Mahal & Bheegi Raat were the great film of this combination. Till date the songs of these combinations refreshing all of us with romantic feelings.

    With warm regards

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