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Remembering Mohammad Rafi on his Death Anniversary

By Souvik Chatterji

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Mohd Rafi

Remembering Mohammad Rafi on his death anniversary and the challenge of continuing the Rafiana.

The entire world remembers great Mohammad Rafi on his death anniversary, on 31st July, 2012. It has been more than 30 years after his death that he still remains alive in the minds of numerous music lovers all across the world.

There are few unthinkable achievements of the immortal singer. Firstly he contributed in the 40s, 50s and 60s bollywood music in such a manner that 50% credit of the success of the films rested on the broad shoulders of Mohammad Rafi. The list of the films is very long. Baiju Bawra and Mohammad Rafi in “man tarpat hari darshan” cannot be separated. Pyasa and Mohammad Rafi in “yeh mehelon yeh takhton yeh taajon ki duniya” cannot be separated. Success of Dilip Kumar’s Kohinoor, Rajender Kumar’s Mere Mehboob, Raj Kumar’s Kajal, Shammi Kapoor’s Junglee, Joy Mukherjee’s Love In Tokyo, Biswajeet’s April Fool, rests on Mohammad Rafi. His contribution in low budget films with less-known actors did also create magic like Shagun, Boot Polish, Wapas, etc.

The popularity of the great singer had just increased and increased. The biggest challenge of continuing the Rafiana had not been met so far. Rafi Academy and other institutions related to the giant singer had done great activities for the last 10 years. But there are lot of things yet to be done.

Firstly composition and use of classical and eastern songs in bollywood films with the Rafi gharana is a challenge. With due respect to all the composers, lyricists and singers of the present age, it has to be said that, songs from the soil of India had reduced to minimum. Songs of the Rafi gharana namely bhajans “radheke tune bansuri churayi”, folk songs “nain lad jay hai”, pure classical “madhuban me radhika nachere”, qawalli “yeh ishq ishq hai ishq ishq”, are reducing to minimum. There are lot of classical singers in India like Ustad Rashid Khan and Pakistan like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. But the tendency of composers in the present period is to Indianize western songs and compose them in bollywood films.

Mohammad Rafi did sing a lot of western songs during his lifetime including “aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche” in Brahmchari, “aaja aaja mai hoon pyar tera”, in Teesri Manzil, “humdum mere” in Mere Sanam, etc. But the composition of OP Nayyar, composition of Shankar Jaikishan, composition of Salil Choudhury, composition of RD Burman had western blend with eastern back up. Rafi’s songs in majority of the films were multi-dimensional. There was huge lasting effect. The songs had lived more than 50 years. It is not happening with today’s songs.

There are a number of talented singers in the country like Sukhwinder Singh, Javed Ali, Benny Dayal, Sonu Nigam, but most of the compositions on which they are asked to perform are of western nature. The dominance of classical music and dominance of folk songs had withered away.

The other broad task of Rafi Academy and the Forum in different parts of the country should be to restore the epic films of the great singer. If the prints of brilliant films like Uran Khatola, Kagaz Ka Phool, Ek Musafir Ek Haseena, Dil Ek Mandir, are damaged, the new generation will never know the works of music giants Shankar Jaikishan, Roshanlal Nagrath, Naushad Ali, etc. and the great Mohammad Rafi. So big effort is required to restore them.

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  1. Dinesh says:

    This is a bit lengthy but I hope you’ll have the patience & understand, happy reading.
    Our home was probably just like any other Indian household around the world in the late 60′s I guess. Obviously, much more than 4 members living in that house, savoury/spicy food, trying to maintain our culture away from India but desperate to see & experience what the western world had to offer too and of course our Indian films & music. From 05:00 there would be bhajans to start the day (audio cassettes in those days), from about 10:00 its generally Indian music (radio, audio cassettes or LP’s/SP’s). In those days, songs were played by the film and not the singer & talented me (just joking), I managed to learn numerous songs (I’ve been told from the age of 3), but I couldn’t recognise who sang them. In our household there were often debates which singer was the best as well as actors. Baa, bapuji, mum, dad, eldest & middle mama were Rafi Saab fans, the youngest mama was a Mukesh fan. Youngest mama liked Raj Kapoor, the others were Dilip Kumar & Rajendra Kumar fans – you see the pattern now? There were also debates between my parents friends, other family members, mama’s friends and whoever wanted to have their input about Indian music/singers/actors. As mentioned earlier, I could only recognise the songs, not the singers but from 10 years old I started my own audio collection of songs – recording them from the radio. There were Rafi Saab, Mukesh, KK, Lata & Asha songs – I didn’t understand Hindi at the time but just sang them! In the mid 70′s I swayed towards KK due to Amitabh Bachchan! In my teens (mid 80′s) I swayed towards Rafi Saab for some reason – I really don’t know for sure but I think I recognised his voice from when I was
    younger. At this point I was also discovered that Rafi Saab & KK had sang the same song like, “Tum bin jawon kaha” and many duets. I wasn’t now interested in the actors songs but the singers and it’s at that point my Rafi Saab collection started. With the introduction of CD’s, I started my collection again and eventually transferred them to iTunes. As I got older my passion for Rafi Saab grew too, his voice is just phenomenal. With the www. I learnt more about Rafi Saabs’ songs, talent, ability, life, dedication, generosity, issues with Lata and his demise in the 70′s hurt & saddened me greatly. A few years ago my dad told me that in the 70′s he saw Rafi Saab at Heathrow airport. My dad said,”I saw him, I wanted to approach him and shake hands but I felt so below him. I smiled and said to myself at least I’ve seen him and continued walking. Whilst we were in a queue I heard, “Bhai, aap kese hai”? “I turned and it was Rafi Saab. Before I could reply he said, “Benji, aap teek hai”? to your mum”. “He shook our hands, gave us hugs and said, “Mujhe pata hai keh app ku chale gaye. Main be aap jesa hoon”. He asked if we had settled in the UK and if we needed any help. He provided his contact number, wished us well and left. We were absolutely shocked”. Since then, I’d often speak to my dad about meeting Rafi Saab and said, “I wish I could have met him”. “But you have”, said my dad! “What ….. when”? I said. “You were at the airport too, your mum was holding you. Rafi Saab stuck his index finger out and you grabbed it. He asked what your name was”. I felt a sudden chill and then I felt a tear running down my cheek. “Son, you okay”?, said my dad. “Dad, it’s not a good time to joke”, I said. “I wouldn’t joke about something like this, ask your mum”? So I did and what my dad said was confirmed! I had a good cry knowing I met Rafi Saab. Getting married to the girl I wanted was a highlight, seeing the birth of my children was the next highlight, being told I met Rafi Saab is the highlight of all! Surely the arrival of the grand children should top that? Lets wait and see. My wife summed it up once: “You kind of remind me of your mum during prays. She could be on her death bed but she’d be up at 04:30 to do her 05:00 lengthy prays. You listen to Mohd Rafi everyday, if not your laptop it’s your phone whilst ironing, cooking, in the shower, absolutely anywhere. If you can’t sleep you listen to Rafi & never get to sleep. Wherever we are you seem to hear Rafi’s voice from someones car, TV or radio before anyone recognises it’s Rafi. You’re totally dedicated, like a disciple, you won’t change his song half way, you finish it completely. You always spend one day a week on updating your Rafi collection. Your iTunes is meticulously detailed for Rafi but Manna Dey, Kishore, Mukesh etc don’t get the same privilege. You treat 24th Dec & 31July as ultimate holy days. You’re not religious but I’ve caught you listen to bhajans by Rafi, you’re behaviour towards Mohd Rafi is as if he’s your ….. god”! Fortunately, my wife & I are still happily together & madly in love, she & the children understand what Rafi Saab means to me. Prior to my wife telling me of the effect Rafi Saab has on me, I never thought of him as god. We’re fully aware of his capabilities as a singer but as an all round human Rafi Saab must surely be up there amongst the gods. An example, his take on the royalty issue with Lata showed money was not his motivator. Rafi Saab, you’ve given me so much pleasure and peace with your voice and at times guided me with your egoless personality, I thank you sincerely on your 33rd anniversary. Long live the King!

  2. shammi says:

    No one evokes as much passion and emotion as mohd rafi saheb did with his music he reached out to millions and touched their heart strings with his amazing voice. I’m in my forties and as a child was automatically drawn to his voice over any other singer and that over time has never changed because simply no one can give me the same pleasure with their music as this beautiful versatile singer and great human being has.

    Rafi sahab should without a shadow of a doubt be awarded bharat ratna his popularity to this day speaks for itself!

  3. Anand Shankar says:

    We can give Bharat Ratna to Pt. Ravi Shankar, Subbalakshmi and Bishmillah Khan, but not Rafi sahab, who was the king of melody. I feel ashamed for this.

    Rafi sahab was greatest of all singers. He was the most verstile singer. No one could match the melody of his voice, sur and expressions. Can any other singer in India sing O duniyan ke rakhwae, Husnwale tera jawab nahi, Chal ud ja re panchi, Din dhal jaye, Madhuban me radhika or Din dhal jaye the way Rafi sahab has sung these songs.

    Rafi Sahab should have been given Bharat Ratna the day Lata ji got it. Why Lata ji who always advocates for Sachin Tendulkar getting this award, do not speak for Rafi Sahab, who was no way inferior to her ?

  4. Anand Shankar says:

    We can give Bharat Ratna to Pt. Ravi Shankar, Subbalakshmi and Bishmillah Khan, but not Rafi sahab, who was king of melody. I feel ashamed.

    Rafi sahab was greatest of all singers. He was the most verstile singer. No one could match the melody of his voice, sur and expressions. Can any other singer in India sing O duniyan ke rakhwae, Husnwale tera jawab nahi, Chal ud ja re panchi, Din dhal jaye, Madhuban me radhika or Din dhal jaye the way Rafi sahab has sung these songs.

    Rafi Sahab should have been given Bharat Ratna the day Lata ji got it. Why Lata ji who always advocates for Sachin Tendulkar getting this award, do not speak for Rafi Sahab, who was no way inferior to her ?

  5. Manoj Kumar Bhanshali says:

    Shri Bavdekar ji,aap ne jo likha hai uske liye bahut shukriya aur aap ke karyon ke liye to kya kahen…to organize a gathering for listening to rafi sahab’s songs…calcutta mein hum iska sirf khwaab hi dekh sakte hain.aapne gramaphone aur records bhi sambhalkar rakhen hain, ye bahut achhi baat hai.mere paas bhi ek naya record player hai magar uska itna achha upyog main nahin kar paya.Rafi sahab ke geeton ke bagair to jaise jeevan hi adhura rah jayega…ek din bhi nahin guzarta unki aawaz ko sune bagair.mobile ka ringtone to compulsorily unke hi geeton se set karta hoon, taki mere aas-paas baithe log bhi unke geeton ko anand le sake.

  6. sunil kumar says:

    Sir, 31st July There was a Program In New Delhi. As perhaps everybody knows for the last one month there was no rain in the entire North India. People had almost given up of any rain now and even govt. had accepted it is a partial drought. But I was sure that on 31st July It will rain because of Rafi sahab but it was more of a belief and it had no other logic or scientific reason. When I woke up in the morning my Happiness new no bound when my belief turned out to be true . People all around were thanking God But I was Thanking My Beloved Rafi Sahab and my belief in him . Because on this day when Rafi sahab left us it was raining heavily. But everything was cleared by the evening so that we could attend that star stud ed program at SiriFort Auditorium . Thanks Rafi sahab

  7. sunil kumar says:

    Sir, Hum chahein Kitna Hi chahein Ki Rafi sahab wapas aa jaayein lekin yeh mumkin nahin . I am reminded of a great song of Rafi Sahab ” Jaane wale Kabhi nahin aate Jane wale ki Yaad Aati Hai”. How true we have so many memories of rafi sahab for our thirsty mind & soul . These Memories in the form of his songs are to be preserved because going by today’s trend it is
    evident Our music is heading to a worst phase . Today’s Music Directors are Bankrupt so are the singers . we want these to be preserved for future generations as it will proved to be a guiding force and give them an insight to our inherited legacy of Rafi Sahab, Naushad Sahab, Laxmikant pyarelal, Madan mohan, Shankar Jaikishan and Melody King O P Nayyar.

  8. manish says:

    Rafi Rafi Rafi..Where Have You Gone..Please come back from heaven..the Earth misses you badly…32 Years and still tears in her eyes..

  9. Ahamed Kutty says:

    day by day stories coming out about rafi saab.on 31st July in
    vividh bharathi there was an interview with md anand of
    anand milind team and son of md chitre gupt.he was telling
    rafi saab was so punctual while coming for rehersals with
    their papa.chitre gupt used to do the rehersals in the morning
    time and rafi saab used to come at exactly at 8 am.

    also he was telling there are some technical things to do while
    recording a song like to give compression for the sound of the
    singer,rafi saab used to have very limited problems compared
    to others and rafi saab himself used to do all the necessary
    things by controlling his sound.

  10. vijay bavdekar says:

    Thanks Mr. bhagchandaani,……rafisahab ki smritime meri bhaavanaaonka guldataa pesh hai….”sangeetke taanseno aur kaanseno suno…ai mohammad rafi…teri rukhsatpar aansoo nikal pade the…teri khamoshi dil cheer gayi thi…lekin yah sochkar ooparwalese na koi gila kiya tha na koi shikwa ke shayad use bhi teri yaad satati hogi…uski sangeet sabha tere bina adhoori hogi…yahi sochkar hum aansoo pee gaye the…ai rafi tere muhabbatbhare ,pyaarbhare ,dardbhare nagmone wo sukun diya jo janatme bhi naseeb nahi hoga….salaam un mauseekaronko jo naushaad,nayyar,shankar-jaikisan,madanmohan,burman,roshan…aur na jaane kitnehee tujhme samate gaye…tujhme chhupe kohinoorko tarashate hue ujagar karate rahe….yahantak ke khud kohinoorne teri indradhanush jaisee chhataaon wali aawaajpe sajde kiye….ai rafi neendme to kyaa hosh khokar bhee koi bhool nahi sakata teri jadoobhari aawaaj ,tere dil choo lene wale nagme jinhone murdonko bhi jaagnepar majboor kiya…dosto ..ooparwalese dilki gehraaise darkhwaast hai ke rafiko firse hume lautaade…lekin ai rafi..a pyaare dost..tum gayehee kahan ho…tum to hum sabke rhidayme viraajmaan ho parmatmake saath….sach kaha tha rafi toone….”wakt mere geetonka khazana dhoondhega…mujhko mere baad jamana dhoondhega…”

  11. J.K. Bhagchandani says:

    Dear Shri Vijay Bavdekar,

    Now that you have clarified the logic of your earlier posts, it will be nice if you post you feelings on Rafi saab in English (which you have originally written in Hindi) for the benefit of all Rafi fans.

    I request the moderator of this site to remove earlier posts of Shri Vijay Bavdekar showing only ‘?’ signs in the text area as these posts are looking ‘not nice’.

    Regards,
    J.K. Bhagchandani

  12. vijay bavdekar says:

    i am extremely sorry friends,actually i wanted to paste here a bunch of my feelings in the honour of rafisaheb,by applying google transliteration as the matter is composed in hindi by me,but the experiment has not been successful.regarding myself,i am retired bank manager,i have good collection of gramophone records,i have preserved gramophone,record player and a radiogram,i am dedicated to rafisaheb and on every 31 st july i have been arranging a video show of rafisaheb’s rarest rarest songs on big screen for music lovers, also i give prograams of rafi saheb’s songs by way of record player and gramophone in senoir citizen clubs of my nagpur ,my native. sorry once again.

  13. vijay bavdekar says:

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  14. vijay bavdekar says:

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  15. Souvik Chatterji says:

    Dear Bhagchandaniji,
    Thanks a lot for for the kind words. Yes, serious effort is required on the part of the different Rafi Forum to collect the raw prints of the films of Mohammad Rafi which will be more than 2000 in number and preserve the print. The films of the big producers and directors like Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, Mehboob Khan, K. Asif had been restored. But the low budget films and less known songs face greater challenge of restoration.
    Souvik Chatterji

  16. J.K. Bhagchandani says:

    Dear Souvik,

    You have several times raised the point of preservation of Rafi gems. I fully endorse your views. Actually songs of the golden era is a national heritage similar to many heritage buildings. There has to be mechanism in place to preserve this rich cultural heritage. If these songs are lost, it will be a great injustice on all future generations.

    All in all, a good write-up, a fitting tribute to the singing giant. Please accept my compliments.

    -J.K. Bhagchandani

  17. jasbir singh says:

    post 10,11,12..what does n mr. vijay want to convey in this type of language …

  18. Manoj Kumar Bhanshali says:

    We really miss Rafi sahab today as on all other days.Not a single day passes without comforting oneself by listening to his great works.And I do fully agree that all those movies which are almost lost due to lack of care, need to be restored so that we can see the magic created on-screen by the great voice of Rafi Sahab.This is the least that we rafians can do in his honour.May his soul rest in peace.

  19. Souvik Chatterji says:

    Dear Vijayji,
    I could not understand your language. In which fond did you write? Regarding Mohammad Rafi’s publicity in television, it is shown in certain channels. But the majority of the channels show recent programs related to new celebrities. But it is a pity Mohammad Rafi’s song lived for more than 50 years, yet the legend’s works are not preserved in the way it should be done.

  20. vijay bavdekar says:

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  21. vijay bavdekar says:

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  22. vijay bavdekar says:

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  23. nice article but the names of ‘talented singers’ ( ?) listed by you are purely commercials and can not render the quality we rafi fans expect, they are probably good only in what they are doing..post 2 gupta ji.. i wrote a letter to ht regarding conferring bharat ratna to rafi sahib, for publishing today.. i knew they are not going to do so.. absolutely biased..thankfully electronic media is doing some justice..

  24. amin says:

    we really miss rafi sahib.

  25. vijay bavdekar says:

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  26. jasbir singh says:

    mujhko mere baad zamane dhoondega…..right rafisaab aap ke baad koyee nahi aur na koyee hoga…..rafisaab aap toh sab ke dil mein pura samah gayen hai……glowing tributes were paid by channels like aajtak,indian tv n zee regional on 29th july….today being paid by others since morning…
    mr chaterjee i agree with you with the advancement of technology from lp records to cassette to cd…some original songs are lost somewhere we need to locate and put on cd…in fact the musical legends are suffering becoz of many immortal melodies are buried ….
    rafisaab deserved to be get the greatest honour from indian govt..bharat rattan….let us hope good sense prevails in the minds of our politicians……..

  27. Dr Afroz Alam says:

    Jin Rafi Sahab ki Awaaz k bina aaj bhi hamara 15 August aur 26 January rastriya parv nahi lagte un ko bhool jana usi tarah hai jaise gandhi ji bhi 2 Oct ko yaad aate hai phir chale jate hai.
    Bharat Ratna k sacche haqdar hai rafi sahab….

  28. SHAMMI ACHARYA says:

    Your voice is already merged in this world. Loss is us, for music lovers. You will be always remain the ultimate and nobody can chase or erase or dream of becoming ‘RAFI” . You will be the God of Music. You were unbelievably magical

  29. Gopakumar says:

    Mohd. Rafi lives in every moments of our life. We can refresh his memories on this day of July 31st 2012. Mohd. Rafi amar hai aur unke awaaz bhi amar rahega.

  30. Rakesh Gupta says:

    I am surprised to see today’s Hindustan Times , where there is no mention at all about Late Rafi sa’b.
    Sunney Leon gets the headlines under Bollywood, but no respect for the Great Singer!
    And they claim to be the voice of Their Readers!!! Shame on HT!

  31. Souvik Chatterji says:

    All the films where Rafi contributed with his golden voice require restoration and preservation. Films like Lalquila, Shola aur Shabnam, Bhabhi, etc., are hardly telecast in any TV channel. So the less known films require more publicity and reaching the public at large. Rafi Academy should do Cultural Nights relating to noted composers of the golden age, that will recreate the great magic of Mohammad Rafi. At least more than 1000 songs of Mohammad Rafi are unknown.
    Souvik Chatterji.

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