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Rafi Sahab sketched with his songs

By Mannoth Vijayan

Rafi Sahab Drawn with his song lines

Rafi Sahab Drawn with his song lines

I am a native of Badagara in Calicut District within Kerala State. When I was 10 years old, the Film “Chowdavin ka Chand” was running in a theatre at Badagara. During that time the advertisement of film was given in a trolley which was run manually with posters of the film pasted on both sides, so that public can see from either side. The old HMV gramophone player was used to play the music in the film. At that time, I heard the song “Chaudavin ka Chand ho” of the great singer. I was thrilled to hear that and I ran towards the main road which was about 1 Km from my house, to get the lyrics book of that film used to be sold by the trolleymen at a cost 10 paise ,during that time.


As a child I could not run faster to catch the trolleyman and I returned home disappointed by wastefully running around 3 KM without tracing those trolleymen. My elder brother promised me to get that LP record from Calicut , around 45 KM from our house and he did it. From that day I am a worshipper of the great singer. When I got job in All India Radio I was posted in north Indian locations and served around 37 years and recently retired from Kerala as Executive Engineer(Civil).

After retirement I have turned in full time social work and artistic work. I used to sing, paint, act and direct stage plays. I have noticed and fully believe that there is no substitute to the legend Mohd. Rafi. His style of understanding the meaning of the song and rendering it with the same feeling is making him the topmost singer in the world. Due to my respect to him I have made a portrait of him using 125 nos. of his wonderful hit songs. This portrait was unveiled by the Hon’ble Minister Dr.M.K.Muneer at Tagore Hall on 31st July 2011 among a wonderful audience. This caught attention in 10 printing medias and 2 nos of visual medias. The paper reports are attached. All rafians can search in google as “ Mohd. Rafi artvijayan” you can see the video of the portrait.

I request all Rafians to watch this and send me your valuable comments at artvijayan2000@yahoo.co.in .

Whenever you think of music..think of Rafi..Rafi and Rafi.

Only…..Nothing else
With love and regards to all of you.

Paper clippings in Malayalam

Desabhimani-news Janayugam Kerala-Kaumudi
Madhyamam Madhyam-Prog Mangalam
Mathru Mathrubhoomi Metro vartha

 

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32 Blog Comments to “Rafi Sahab sketched with his songs”

  1. Vijayan Mannoth says:

    Kindly open this link on youtube.You can see a short video which is a gift from me on the occasion of 90th birthday of Rafi Saheb.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-rZ5VIL5gU&feature=youtu.be

  2. Vijayan Mannoth says:

    It is really great feeling to go thru all these comments.Thanks to everyone. A new sketch of Mohd.Rafi Saheb drawn by me is now exhibited at Golden Greats office at Chembur, Mumbai.

  3. Mohammed Aslam says:

    Your best job shows that you are entitled for a reward and I am giving you a name as Vijayan Rafi, Happy new name to you from Baar Baar Rafi Fans Club, Banglaore.

    I am bhakt of Rafisaab by birth, because my dad and mom are bhakts of Rafisaab, my Grand Father was also bhakt of Rafisaab on their period. I am singing Rafisaab songs in India, U.A.E., and K.S.A. If you are arranging events please include me to sing there because like you all i also wish to convey again and again the messages of Rafiji to people through singing the gems of Rafisaab.

    My salute to each and every fan of Rafiji, i love you all, because you all loves Rafiji.
    muhammed_aslam786@yahoo.in

    Adaab Rafi

  4. Vijayan says:

    Thanks a lot Mr.Praveen for such a wonderful comment

  5. praveen says:

    Vijayan ji,
    Thats great work done by you!!!Rafi would be very happy to see this.! Hats OFF to you.

  6. N.Rehman says:

    Wow! Kaisa kaam! Aap baut talented ho! I’m sure Rafiji would be very honoured if he could see them today!
    Such talent!
    Keep up the amazing work!

  7. M.Vijayan says:

    I am very much thankful to Mr.AhmedKutty and Mr.Quadier for sending their valuable comments through this page. I am thankful to Mr.Santish also who was pleased to contact me over phone. We all became very close to each other in the name of Rafi…the incomparable legend.Long live his memories..

  8. qadier says:

    mannoth vijayan… sub i am from spain. it make me very happy to see your web and work which you have don. you are great fain of mohd rafi sub .i am fain of mohd rafi sub to since 1975 when iwas very young age.i was in school that time .from that time to till now i am lissening him.any way good job to make a list of m.rife sub songes…………..you are a great fain god blass you .take care your salif 22.22. laldin43@yahoo.es

  9. Ahamed Kutty says:

    Dear Rafian vijayanji,
    fantastic work.on 31st july of this year i had seen this report in
    “kairali tv “channel.it was interesting.my second choice after the
    one and only rafi saab is yesudas sir.according to me rafi saab
    is the 8th wonder of the world and yesudas sir my “wonder’.

    people are worshiping rafi saab especially people from northen
    kerala.this is happening where we have a singer like yesudas sir.

    binuji,abu saab is the producer of malayalam films nellu,dweep
    etc. lataji sung for the movie “nellu” and talatji sung for the film
    “dweep”.

  10. M.Vijayan says:

    I am happy to know the eagerness of Mr.Santosh to contact me. Dear Mr.Santosh please mail me what are you doing and where are you settled now.You can mail at ” artvijayan2000@yahoo.co.in“. I will be pleased to give my contact number in reply to the mail so that we can interact. Thanks a lot

  11. santosh says:

    Dear vijayan sir,

    Kindly give me ur mobile number.would be honoured to know rafi bhakts like you who are doing yoemen service to keep memory of rafi saab alive.

  12. M.Vijayan says:

    Thanks a lot Mr.Sidney Roy and Santosh.

  13. SYDNEY ROY says:

    MR. VIJAYAN SKETCHED MOHD RAFI WITH HIS SONGS. I DONT KNOW WHAT WE COULD DO FOR HIM EXCEPT HEARING HIS GOLDEN VOICE AND EXTEND OUT LIFE EXPECTANCY. I TOO APPRECIATE THIS CANNEL TO TRANSMIT HIS SONGS NON-STOP IN WHATEVER LANGUAGES HE HAS SUNG. MOHD RAFI IS UNIQUE AND IMMORTAL. THOSE WHO LIKE HIM AND HIS GODLY VOICE IS LUCKY. THOSE WHO DO NOT AT LEAST ONCE THEY SHOULD HEAR HIS SONG OF QUALITY AND REALISE IT. HIS SONGS ARE MEDICINE AND LONGEVITY TO OUR LIFE. EVERYBODY SHOULD ONCE TRY AND SEE FOR THEMSELVES. WHENEVER WE GET DEPRESSED AND HEAR HIS SOOTHING SONGS WHICH WILL ACT AS CURE. I HOPE I SHALL BE ABLE TO PRAISE HIM EVERYDAY.

  14. SYDEY ROY PUNE says:

    it is great that mr. vijayan sketched mohd rafi’s songs. and this channel is also worth hearing as continuously songs are transmitted.

  15. santosh says:

    Vijayan sir,

    would be glad and honoured to be in touch with u.I have made a lot of good friends through rafi saab website.Most importantly i have been priviliged to be in touch with rafi saab’s family.So enki nigalde number taruo

  16. M.Vijayan says:

    Thanks a lot to all Rafians and especially Mr.Feroz Khan,Sanjiv Dixit and Santosh for appreciating my work.I have a lot of things to do for the great legend Rafi and you can just log on to this page and see the wonders..

  17. santosh says:

    First of all i salute u Mr.Vijayan for ur love for our rafi saab.At the same time I express my deepest condolensce on the demise of Mr.Abu saheb.Also my diwali greetings to Binuji and all brothers and sisters on this site.

  18. Sanjeev Dixit says:

    Mannoth Vijayan sir,
    A very great job done by you to making this outstanding sketch of sri mohammed rafi sahab with his 125 great song. Really it is wonderful. I salute to you & your work. Many Congratulations!!! to you on your remarkable work.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Sanjeev Dixit
    Lucknow

  19. Binu Nair says:

    A Sad News………Mr N P Abu, producer of hindi and malayalam films and the Only Documentary on Mohd Rafi Sahib – expired in kerala yesterday.
    We have lost a great Rafi saaaheb lover in Mr Abu………..He was seventy two years.

    The Rafi Foundation Mourns the tragic losss of Abu saheb.

    He produced the movie Naya Din Nayi Raat with Sanjeev Kumar in the leads playing seven roles. And some malayalam movies of repute. Talat saheb sang in his movie and the song was Neela Kadale…..

    May his soul rest in peace.

  20. M.A. Piroe says:

    I have always been an admirer of Binu Ji. He is the Founder of the Rafi Foundation and I’m very proud of this humble man. I wish him all the best and Pray that he can remain the chairman of the Rafi foundation as long as he can and will. May Bod Bless this man…..Ameen….
    The first song of Rafi Saheb which I can remember in my childhood are.. tum ao rumjhum karte….bhagwan tera insan hai kitna nadaan….etc……. Rafi Saheb is immortal…..Amar hai woh……

  21. rajnish says:

    main hairaan bhi aur khush bhi ki ki itne saare rafi bhagat is duniya mein maujood hain aur main binu nair sahab se bhi bahut itefaq rakhta hoon woh rafi foundation ke zariye sangeet ki duniya mein ek behtareen kaam ko anjaam de rahe hai khuda kare yeh carvaan yuhi ba dastoor chalta rahe ameen

  22. rajnish says:

    mr viyan aap aassal maiyne mein rafi bhagat hain hamari mubarak baad kabool kijiye wah rafi sahab

  23. mohamedparvez says:

    Dear Mannoth Vijayan Ji,Thanx For Sharing Your Artistic Work Deadicted To Our Beloved Rafi Saab, I Have Posted Your Video In Rafi saab”s Blog,Twitter,Face Book,Orkut,Kindly Visit This Links, Take Care

    http://www.rafifanblog.blogspot.com/

    http://www.youtube.com/user/mohamedparvez?feature=mhee

    Regards

    Mohamed Parvez

  24. M.Feroz Khan says:

    This is only one facet of multi talented and Hard working artist Mr.Vijayan. He has won accolades for his professional engineering talent and contributed to the nation working in the remote places of this country building infrastructure for Doordarshan and All India Radio. He is a gifted singer, Director, Actor, artist, writer and above all a very good human being. His quest for experimenting in innovation in art and engineering continues.. He is a genius whose potential is untapped . I am happy that his talents are being recognised .He is a role model and his flawless artistry and professionalism is worth emulating. His spirit of adventure and interest in everything in nature and his commitment to strive for excellence in whatever he does is amazing! To have him around itself is a great enriching experience and Mr.Vijayan is an asset for any organisation. His work on Rafi shows how differently he thinks than others! He is a Maverick and I hope he would come up with many more incredible innovations in art and I wish him all success! Once again my hearty congratulations to him for this wonderful contribution on Rafi!

  25. Binu Nair says:

    the rafi foundation is arranging a tribute to ghazal maestro jagjit singh in mumbais Mysore Hall, Matunga on Nov 10th 7 pm.

    it will be a ghazal musical evening featuting the songs of legends : Mohd rafi, Talat Mehmood and Jagjit Singh.

    singers are Pt. Triloki Prasad, Nitesh Raman and Soumya Varma -all popular singers from the singing circuit.

    Music lovers desirous of attnding may contact us at

    Cell : 9833 250 701. or at binus2000@hotmail.com

    regards

    binu nair

  26. RAFII MURTHI (A S MURTY) says:

    Mannoth Vijayan sahab. This is truly outstanding. Your devotion to Rafi Sahab is unique and unparalleled and so also your contribution. Superb.

    A S MURTY
    SECRETARY,
    RAFI FOUNDATION,
    HYDERABAD CHAPTER

  27. Binu Nair says:

    A great and new concept mr Vijayan. 125 Rafi songs encapsulated in a unique portrait –

    In fact, i had seen this work few months back in calilcut and mr vijayan the humble mohd rafi sahib lover was “very upbeat” about it. It was exhibted on July 31 when the rafi musical happened at calicut and people appreciated a lot.

    it was in this event that the minister dr m.k. muneer sang “oh duniya ke rakhwale”…….. to great acclaim.

    it would be appreciated if, the malayalam news stories be translated for the benefit of readers of this site.

    mr vijayan is also currently the office bearer of the rafi foundation in calicut and we are elated by the commitment displayed by the author for singer of the millenium – tansen mohd rafi sahib.

    from the rafi foundation,mumbai

  28. M.Vijayan says:

    This is in reply to mail No.2 from tjayaraj dated 7th November 2011. The list of songs used to draw this portrait is with me. Giving such a big list in this site may be difficult. But all his hot songs have found an apt place in this. I have a wonderful video of this portrait which can be enlarged and shown on a big screen so that audience can read the lines while the oechestra is going on. This was done by me at Calicut. I am sure that all rafians will like it.

  29. dear sir,
    you did a great job. today is Eid and i want to wish our great rafi sahab. Eid mubarak ho rafi sahab. Jab tak duniya mein geet sangeet rahega tab tak aap bhi rahenge.

  30. tjayaraj says:

    portrait is wonderful.what is 125 nos anyway?

  31. sunil kumar says:

    Sir, great work done by you. It is people like you who are keeping work of Rafi alive. I am of the opinion just by writing articles wont be sufficient to spread the work of this greatest singer ever produced. His work has to reach new generations if we will not do it then who will . your effort in this direction is excellent and your artwork also shows how a person can become immortal and
    remains in your heart for ever.

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