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Rare Gems of Mohammad Rafi

By Vijay Bavdekar

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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

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  1. Dr. Souvik Chatterji says:

    Dear All,
    I echo the sentiments of all the admirers of Rafisahab and request everyone to vote.

    Rafisahab is the only legend of 1950s, 1960s who is leading the poll. Stars of his period are all trailing.

    For example in the composers category Shankar Jaikishan is at No. 2 position behind AR Rehman, RD Burman is No. 3. Naushad Ali at No.4.

    In the actors category Dilip Kumar is at No. 4 and Raj Kapoor at No. 5. Shahrukh Khan is leading that category.

    It would be great if Rafisahab wins by huge margin. At the same time it will also be great if some of the personalities with whom Rafisahab had worked leads their category like Diilip Kumar and Shankar Jaikishan.
    Warm regards,
    Dr. Souvik Chatterji

  2. Sarwat Baig says:

    111 votes away from the 5th spot.

  3. Sarwat Baig says:

    271 votes away from the 5th spot….

  4. Sarwat Baig says:

    276 votes away from the 5th spot

  5. Sarwat Baig says:

    Brothers Haldar and Binu, you speak for all of us.

  6. Binu Nair says:

    songs that were “manipulated and marketed” has fallen on the wayside and forgotten.

    CNN-IBN is doing a huge survey but only few thousands are voting in the missed call poll.

    the cnn-ibn channel ‘instead’ could have gone to a few auditoriums where mohd rafi hits are being sung by today singers.

    all the shows run to full houses and cnn ibn would get the results of who is great easily without spending a fortune………

  7. Bushan wali says:


  8. P. Haldar says:

    Dear friends,

    The poll results for Rafi saab are even more noteworthy if you consider the fact that no other personality is at the top if he/she has not been active in the last 20 years. That is a remarkable feat! The poll is biased because it highly favours recency; if this poll was conducted in the 45-75 year age group, I have no doubt about who had have captured the maximum number of votes across all categories. But we should be happy and proud that even 33 years after he left us, he remains the most revered singer in the country.

    Friends, I have one request. When you vote for Rafi saab, please vote for Shankar Jaikishan too. It breaks my heart to see that they are trailing A. R. Rahman by so many votes. What your vote will accomplish is to make sure that the “bada natkhat” boy (who is currently at 3rd position) doesn’t overtake them. And vote for Sahir, who is trailing both Gulzar and Javed Akhtar! Can’t believe that Shailendra is trailing Anand Bakshi. I guess the present generation hasn’t heard of Sahir, Shailendra or Majrooh.

    In the female singer category, Maharani is at the top, which is not surprising. But I can’t believe that Shreya Ghoshal is so far ahead of Monica darling. What happened? All the FM channels are busy playing her and Kishore’s songs tuned by her late husband over and over, but still folks are not voting for her. Very sad, indeed.


    P. Haldar

  9. Rahul says:

    Just one week left for voting now according to the update from CNN-IBN & History Channel on Twitter. Again, this is to vote for the greatest all-time Bollywood male singer.

    To vote for Rafi Saheb, give a missed call to 08082807871. Additionally, you can vote via Facebook via the link below:

  10. SalRafi says:

    Congrats all Rafi Saab leading 126 votes to Lata and close to 400 to Sonu. Good job the greatest of all deserves more than that. He should be the The star of 100 years bollywood. Cheers and relax. God is great who made Mohd Rafi Saab.

  11. Ahamed Kutty says:

    when i visited the first time the site on thursday or friday
    the leading was like this : Sonu nigham 1057,kishore 867
    and rafi saab with that time lataji was leading with
    around 1300 votes.

    it was shocking.i had a dream rafi saab’s lead should cover
    even come true!!!!!!!!

    the way rafi saab have been treated by the critics is too much.
    we can put rafi saab on top of all categories within short
    time and thereby to show the world who is rafi saab.

  12. Rahul says:

    Keep voting relentlessly till mid-May by giving missed call to 08082807871, and I’m sure the result would be a positive one for Rafi Saheb and his fans. Great job by all of you so far, but we have got more work to do still.

    I’m glad that Rafi Saheb has overtaken Lata on this poll already, and he fully deserves it. Rafi & Lata both had incredible voices, but Rafi had the range and versatility that Lata could only dream of, and most of their musical contemporaries of that era considered Rafi Saheb to be the greatest singer of them all, male or female.

  13. Sarwat Baig says:

    The schedule of events to be followed during the Program is given below:
    ? Nationwide Poll Commences – Apr 8th
    ? Dissemination of Phase 2 Forms to the Juries – Apr 10th
    ? Jury selects the ‘Greats’ for the categories – Apr 20th
    ? Popular online poll closes – Mar 17th
    ? Grand Finale Telecast- Mid-May

    The online poll closes on Mar 17th according to the above. Shouldn’t it say May 17th, but then how will the grand finale take place in mid May?

  14. Sarwat Baig says:

    Mubarkan! Rafi Sahib just beat Lata Sahiba by one vote, Mashallah. Let’s pray that he stays on top as she might not like it.

  15. Sarwat Baig says:

    Ahead by 380 votes, Mashallah, and only 7 votes away from the top. Santosh Bhai, that is why a divine power is nudging Rafi Sahib to the top. The biggest award for Rafi Sahib is that he is the King of Hearts.

  16. santosh says:

    inshah allah rafi saab will overtake the divine voiced but stone hearted lata mangeshkar.Rafi saab deserves this.So it is a time for celebration when the final count ends and rafi saab is declared no 1 .I hope these stupid people who give away bharat ratna etc understand what rafi saab meant.He was not only a divine singer but a divine person.

    Rafi saab you were and will remain no 1

  17. Sarwat Baig says:

    rafi sahib’s leading Sonu by 330 votes…needs 70 more to catch up with Lata Sahiba and then emerge on the top.

  18. Sarwat Baig says:

    rafi sahib leading by 269 votes. lata sahiba is ahead by 155 votes. the latter no doubt at one time had a voice that purer than purity itself and no one will ever replace her, but would it not be great if rafi sahib could be crowned as the best singer of them all!!!

  19. Sarwat Baig says:

    Rafi Sahib leading by 262 votes. Lata Sahiba is ahead by 161 votes. Maan gaye aap ko. Jai Rafi Sahab. Rafi Foundation Club zindabad

  20. Sanjeev Dixit says:

    “jai Rafi sahab”
    Now Rafi Sahab’s lead is 240 votes:-
    Click on the link given below and move your cursor on the picture of RAFI SAHAB & CHOOSE THE OPTION “FACEBOOK” FOR VOTE. PLZ HURRY

    You can vote twice… with your mobile numbers at +918082807871 living
    outside India, and on 08082807871 within India.

    Can also vote with your facebook account. So, please, do it today itself
    and ask your friends to vote Rafi Saheb, it will be very appreciated.

    Thanks a lot…

  21. Sarwat Baig says:

    Rafi Sahib leading by 147 votes.

  22. Sarwat Baig says:

    please click on to the link posted by rahul bhai:
    then click on to leaderboard for voting updates or “about us” for dates etc. Then click on this:
    for more details on the process and selection procedure, click here

  23. Sarwat Baig says:
    For more details on the Process and Selection Procedure, Click here

  24. Sarwat Baig says:

    Rafi sahi is leading by 125 votes. The winner will be announced in mid May (FAQ). I cannot find the cut-off date any more.

  25. Sarwat Baig says:

    Rafi Sahib is leading by 122 votes. Please click on to the link posted by rahul bhai:
    Then click on to leaderboard for voting updates or “about us” for dates etc.

  26. Sanjeev Dixit says:

    @ Binu Nair Ji and Ahmad Kutty sir,
    I am also agree with all of your views expressed over here. We should only vote for our Rafi Sahab speedily and try to spread this message among many more peoples as much as possible.
    Some time you can vote twice from the same number giving missed call to +918082807871 and 08082807871….. Please try.
    Is there any idea about the last date of the voting?
    Thanks and Regards,

  27. Sarwat Baig says:

    Dear Rafi Loyalists, please do not fret if Sonu Nigam wins. Don’t you see that our love for him has blinded us. Sonu is a bigger singer than Kishore, Mukesh, and all his other peers and rivals just like Shreya Goshal is a bigger name than Asha who was always a thorn in her sister’s side. People who vote for Lata, are voting for Sonu? Hmmn, does that make any sense? Even if our Rafi Sahib does not win, give him credit, and be kind to Sonu because a clone needs encouragement, especailly such a fickle clone. Apparently Rafi Sahib did not do a very good job, that’s why poor Sonu had to re-sing the maestro’s songs, tsk tsk. History will forget Sonu, Karan, and all the other riff raff because of their disposable ware. Brother Binu, why should Sonu retire? We don’t want his favour or martyrdom. He does not rule our hearts. In fact Rafi Sahib and his peers should retire from this orchestrated contest. Is it worth his stature to win by a few votes. Let this serve as a lesson for maybe not doing enough. But then flowers will grow in untended land as well. May Allah bless you all always. Ameen…enjoy, enjoy, and enjoy the great songs.

  28. Ahamed Kutty says:

    we cannot bring back rafi saab.we cannot confer the prestigous
    ‘bharath ratna’ award on rafi saab.but we can make rafi saab as the
    greatest above all in this voting.

  29. Ahamed Kutty says:

    dear rafians,
    i think within one week rafi saab will cover even sharuk khan
    in this contest by securing more votes.

    in the voting of “the greatest indian after mahatma gandhi” these
    authorities put some conditions in the mode of selection that other
    than the voting they have one more pannel “the market research
    wing” whose advice also be considered in the final.that means they
    can put the last one to the first.i think in that way lata mangeshkar
    come before rafi saab even though she was trailing behind rafi saab.
    in this voting no such criteria is let us vote for rafi saab.

    thank you narayanji,bangalore for providing me various rafians’
    contact numbers.

  30. santosh says:

    come on guys vote for rafi saab

  31. Rahul says:

    Dear Binu Ji,

    What you are alluding to is absolutely right that it’s unfair on the greatest legend Rafi Saheb to be pitted against somebody
    as inferior as Sonu Nigam. However, we know that Sonu Nigam will not withdraw from the polling, so the best thing for you and other Rafi
    fans is just to keep voting via missed calls at 08082807871 and via Facebook votes, and Rafi Saheb should win this easily at the end of the day.

    The good news is that Rafi Saheb is trailing only by 15 or so votes right now, so the goal of giving Rafi Saheb his deserved Number 1 spot in
    this poll is a very very achievable goal.


  32. Binu Nair says:

    History will never ‘forgive’ rajdeep sardesai of cnn ibn channel along with the foreign channel historyindia channel and Karan Johar – if they are trying to bring and name sonu nigam the biggest singer of last 100 years of bollyowood.

    every one in the industry know ‘how’ sonu nigam was reared by an interested person to become a bollywood singer.

    but, alas today he is best known as a Mohd Rafi clone inspite of efforts to pump him up as a great singer.

    in the recent dharmendra film ‘jat yamla pagla diwana” dharmendra wanted to have the orgininal mohd rafi song in the movie.

    due to copyright issues, the original could not be taken and sonu sang the second version.

    which song is remembered friends today . Only the original song . many have written how the second version was murdered……..

    it will be crying shame if anyone other than mohd rafi saaheb is named the biggest singer of last 100 years dear mohd rafi fans.

    we personally request sonu nigam to withdraw from th e contest and support his guru and that of millions – to be the ‘greatest singer of our times and of this century.

    from the rafi foundation.

    mail :

  33. Ahamed Kutty says:

    I think binuji can do a lot by contacting the rafi foundations
    all over India.I have sent sms as much as I can and contacted
    few rafians of hyderabad,chennai,ahmedabad,mumbai,bangalore,
    cochin,calicut,trissur etc.

    it is a golden chance to have the number one position for
    rafi saab.while voting was doing for the the greatest indian
    after mahatma gandhi all have worked hard to vote for rafi
    saab and the result was the 12th position rafi saab got in that
    fray.I think this voting is not difficult one compared to that.
    i am working since three days and keep on watching the

  34. Sarwat Baig says:

    27 votes still at this very moment…where are the teeming millions who grew up listening to Mohd Rafi sahib and shared him with us? Please rise to the ocassion.

  35. Sarwat Baig says:

    How can one not agree with brothers Rahul, Binu, and Santosh. Please lead us to victory.

  36. santosh says:

    come on guys, we should not allow this one more injustice on our rafi saab to happen again.Sonu is leading by 20 votes just 1 min ago.Let us not allow a medicore singer to be 1st and the best singer to be no 2 .Come on guys.let us cheer our rafi saab to the no 1 position which he richly deserves.God please make rafi saab no 1 .He has been denied many honours.Now not again .

  37. Sarwat Baig says:

    sonu nigam is leading by 35 votes. have we let our rafi sahib down already?

  38. Rahul says:

    Please keep voting by giving a missed call at the toll-free number 08082807871. This is for the Greatest All-Time Bollywood singer poll, and the results will matter since this is an important and well publicized poll from CNN-IBN. All of you need to vote since Rafi Saheb is currently at the Number 1 spot, but is leading Sonu Nigam by less than 10 votes! I know it’s all very shocking given that Sonu, while being good overall, is not even a tiny fraction of a singer that Rafi Saheb is, but I guess many of today’s generation is an ignorant lot. Therefore, Rafi fans need to keep voting to keep him at the Number 1 status he truly deserves.

    Again, to vote for Rafi Saheb, give a missed call to 08082807871. Additionally, you can vote via Facebook via the link below:

  39. Sarwat Baig says:

    Please, please, please vote for mohd rafi sahib. mr. sonu nigham is not far behind may be because he sounds like the great legend. Please campaign and vote for mohd rafi sahib. thank you for the wonderful write-ups.

  40. Binu Nair says:

    the poll for the “greatest indian is over” a year back.

    so kindly remove it from the masthead of our dear dot com since its confusing.


    the rafi foundation

    binu nair


  41. Randhir panchabhai says:

    mohammad rafi tum bahut yad yae

  42. u.k.achan says:

    Dear Rafi saab Fans,
    I heard a song for the first time in 59 years……Mandir Mandir Bhadkaye..Film:Ghar ki laaj…Music Ravindra Jain Super Fantastic Song From the
    Universe,s best singer

  43. Binu Nair says:

    dear mohd rafi saaheb Lovers:

    Pls see the caption on the masthead of this page and vote for rafi saaheb as the biggest singer of our times.

    the contest itself is flawed as the name of one current singer who apes rafi saaheb and refused to sing ‘one’ song of rafi saaheb in the prestigeous shanmukananda hall last year is named in the list.

    sonu nigam made his name singing rafi tunes but now is shy of singing his songs even though his listeners want the legends songs from him.

    we say the list is flawed as the fountainhead of playback singing K L Saighal is left out from the list.

    but, we do vote in general elections . same way do vote here on :

    0808 2807 871 .

    one can also vote through the FACE BOOK. Pls log on to

    good news is that mohd rafi is leading at number one position.

    from the rafi foundation.

  44. K P Hassan says:

    Dear Vijay Bavdekarji,
    Thank you for the valuable information regarding the songs of our beloved rafi saheb. expect more interesting articles on the career of millennium gem rafi saheb in future also.
    wish u all the best.

  45. asif says:

    dear Mr Vijay, txs a million for sharing the information.

  46. Great collection. #1,2,3,5,7,8,10,12,15,17,18,20 were pleasantly refreshing.

  47. sundeep pahwa says:

    Tks Vijay really all are great rare songs

  48. Binu Nair says:

    nice . looking for another crop of great songs of greatest mohd rafi saaheb.

    meanwhile also vote in the cnn-ibn : 100 years greatest singer .

    one can vote vide facebook and also by the miss call.

    for details see binu nair page in facebook.

    mohd rafi fans can now write to the rafi foundation at mail:

    Regards Vijay Bavadekar and all our rafi saaheb lovers.


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