Rare Gems of Mohammad Rafi
By Vijay Bavdekar
Dear Rafians, it will be great pleasure for you to recollect and listen the following rare gems (in true sense) of our beloved Rafi Saheb.
1. Mai jab gaun geet suhana gaye mere saath jamana-Film-Amar Raj-1946-M. D.Firoz Nizami (This claasical base song is also in duet form. The lady singer with Rafisaheb is famous Mohantara.
2. Tum hame bhool gaye hum na tumhe bhool sake–Balam-Husnalal Bhagatram.
3. Us paar is deewwarke jo baithe hai koi unse jake kahde hum jo kehte hai (A fantastic song picturised on Sajjan & Madhubala)Film-Sainyaan–M D-Sajjad Hussain
4. Ai dil tujhko neend na aayee tamaam raat..soti rahi khudaki khudai tamaam raat–Film Shahnaz–M D Ameerbai
5. Kahke bhee na aaye tum ab chhupane lage tare-Film-Safa- M D C.Ramchandra
6. Tera kaam hai jalna parwane chahe shama jale ya na jale–Film Paapi(Rafi sang for Raj Kapoor) M D S.Mohinder
7. Meri nigah ne kya kaam laajawab kiya–Film Mohabbat isko kehte hai– M D Khayyam(Rafi sang for famous marathi actor Ramesh Dev.Rafi’s voice quality in this particular song is simly superb & peerless)
8. Ab wo karam karen ke sitam mai nashe me hun-Film-Marine Drive–M D N Datta (Rafi sang for Ajit)
9. Game hasati se mai begana hota khudaaya kash mai deewana hota-Film Vallah Kya Baat hai M D Roshan (I don’t have apt words to describe Rafi’s voice.Here Rafi sang for a different, rather a gumgeen shammi,song video is worth seeing).
10. Jahan tu hai wahan fir chandani ko kaun poochhega–Film –Aao pyar karen M D Usha Khanna(Rafi sang for Joy mukherjee)
11. Mujhe le chalo aaj fir us gali me jahan pahle pahle ye dil ladkhadaya–Film Sharabi–M D Madan Mohan (Rafi sang for Dev Anand-Music arrangement and rafi’s singing ability seem to be made for each other)
12. Sabhee kuchh lutaake hue hum tumhare-Film Indrani ,a Bengali Film M D Vipin(Rafi sang for unknowwn actor,we can see Utaam Kumar &Suchitra Sen in song sequense)
13. Hum to hai tumpar dilse fida yaar dedo hame kasme khuda–Film Bewqoof–M D Saachindev Burman(Rafi sang for comedian I S johar)
14. Bahot hasen ho bahot jawan ho-Film –Mai wohi hun–M D Usha Khanna(Rafi sang for Firoz Khan)
15. Dilne pyaar kiya hai ek bewafase–Film Shararat–M D Ganesh (Rafi sang for Vishwajeet)
16. Yahi armaan lekar aaj apne gharse hum nikle-Film-Shabab–M D Naushad–Songs of 60’s-&70 s
17. Tum aise base more nain ke ab kuchh soozat naahi–Film–Jawani Mastani M D Ganesh–A classical base song picturised on comedian Jagdeep who gave perfect justice to Rafi’s throw of words by way of moving lips and expressions on face)
18. Jindagi tu zoole jara kah rahi hai tuzse ye fiza –Film -Kaise kahoon–M D Sachindev Burman (Rafi sang for Vishwajeet )
19. Jaane bahara subah e chaman tu mere khwabonki pyaari dulhan –Film AAja Sanam–M D Usha Khanna (Rafi sang for Firoz Khan, beautiful young Tanuja was heroine)
20. Ye kiski aankhonka noor ho tum ye kiska dilka quraar ho tum-Film Pakiza-M D Gulam Mohammad. This song was not included in the film. You can experience a matured voice of Rafi and different music style in this song, I include this song in Rafi’s top ten.
Dear friends recollect and enjoy these gems.. Rest will follow soon