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Second Edition of the Biography of Mohammad Rafi (With CD of Rare Videos)

This news is shared by Mr. Vinod Viplav.

Meri Awaaz SunoAs a writer and a die hard Rafi fan, I am thrilled by overwhelming response of Rafi fans and Music lovers on my book on great music legend Mohammad Rafi Saheb – “Meri Awaz Suno”. It is amazing that a in the age of modern mode of communication and entertainment like internet and television a book got unbelievable response. This is the magic of the person who leaved 27 years ago but his songs are still enthralling and delighting us. We all rafi fans not only want to listen his melodious voice but also want to know about each and every aspects of his life.

I know a number of people who can spend countless hours in talking and discussing about Mohammad Rafi. And that is why all rafifans were passionately waiting for the biography of Mohammad Rafi.

Meri Awaaz Suno Book Cover Page
Meri Awaaz Suno Book Cover Page

Today when a number of important books on important subjects written by prominent writers bite dust in book stores and libraries but the long-awaited biography of our most beloved singer – Mohammad Rafi sold overnight like hot cake and within the short span of time we are forced to bring out the second edition of this book. At present less than fifty copies of the first edition of the book and seeing the immense demand, I know that these copies will be finished soon.

Meri Awaaz Suno Back Cover
Meri Awaaz Suno Back Cover

I want to inform rafi fans that the second edition of the book – Meri Awaz Suno is going to be published soon and I am trying hard so that second edition should released this year – 24 th December – on the birth anniversary of Rafi Saheb. In second edition there will be some additional chapters, interviews and photographs. This book is about life and songs of Moammad Rafi. This is the first biography of Rafi Saheb. With each copy of the second edition of the book a CD will also be given. CD will contain rare videos of live shows, rare interview of Rafi Saheb and much more. The price of the book (with CD) will be Rs. 150/ only. Those who want to purchase this book (with CD) book their copy please feel free to contact me. Rafi fans may also contact to get first edition of the book.

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  1. binus2000 says:

    Caution : dear rafi lovers:

    Mr. N.P. Abu today called me up and informed me that he is
    the sole owner of the sole documentary on legend mohd rafi and
    its in circulation which is illegal.
    I am advised by me. abu that he is the sole copyright owner of the
    documentary with censor certification rights.
    If anyone markets this video in any form for gains then he would
    face legal consequences..

    I advise rafi lovers not to “market” illegal software not “belonging”
    to them : in any way.
    Please do not tarnish the name of the legend and copyright owners
    who have invested time and money for the rights.
    I also request our website to check the credentials of things being
    marketed in the website.

    Binu Nair.

  2. Raajkumar Akela says:

    Journalist Vinod Viplav has published an article in “THE HINDU” and said
    that somethings just refuse to go out of fashion. This is 100 percent right
    in the case of legendary vocalist Rafi Saab. Time will change..people will
    change..thinkings will change..theories will will change
    …music will change…but the magic of Rafi Saab’s miraculous voice will
    never change and it will bewitch the coming generations for centuries and

  3. shakeel mustafa says:

    I am a great fan of Mohammed Rafi saheb…plz I would like to book a copy of the biography along with the CD. Please let me know how can i buy it.

    Shakeel mustafa

  4. mohamed parvez says:

    dear rafisaab fans i would like to request every body to vote for rafisaab bakth upcoming great singer abhas joshi of star voice of india please today 30-9 20007 -till midnight you can cast ur vote please log on to

    please watch hai duniya usiki song from kashmir ki kali

    abhas joshi singing this song

  5. P. Haldar says:

    Rafi saab perhaps foresaw what would happen in the 70s and that’s why he sang: “matlab nikal gaya hai to pahchaante nahi, yu ja rahe hain jaise hamein jaante nahi”. The man for whom he worked wonders, for whom he created the debonair image on screen, would forget him in a jiffy. Rafi saab had to wait for 10 years to sing his last song for the star. Here is the song; listen to how he articulates “mishri” around 1:03 min. Even after those 10 long years, he never forgot to create that special effect for the star.

    This star is the No. 1 ingrate in my book (no offence to his fans). I can’t believe that he has to be prodded to mention rafi saab’s name. Only a musically deaf person would behave like that. It is an open question if rafi saab sang better songs for any other actor. Look at the comments made by Rajendra Kumar, Shammi Kapoor and Dharmendra; they overflow with praise for Rafi saab.

    Anyway, here’s where Rafi saab’s innings with navketan began (nau do gyarah, circa 1957):

    Here’s where the star’s popularity reached dizzying heights (kala bazaar):

    Here’s where he got his life’s motto (hum dono):

    Here’s where he reached his romantic best (tgks):

    Here’s where rafi saab told him for the nth time that he was the best playback for him, no matter whom he might prefer (guide):

    Here’s where rafi saab’s innings with navketan ended (gambler, 1971):

    Sorry if I overreacted. I value loyalty and gratitude and that’s why I like Naushad, OP, Dharmendra, Ravi, Shammi Kapoor, Madan Mohan, Nasir Hussain and other people like them.

    The No. 2 ingrate in my book is a producer-director whom Rafi saab sent to so many places: Howrah Bridge, Chinatown, Dal Lake, Eiffel Tower… but who forgot his golden goose after just one hit film. Of course, when Rafi saab made his comeback, this person immediately signed him for one of his films.

  6. hello to all great fans of rafisaab

    Recently Icame to know that there is a website of all Great people who are the fans of THE LEGEND RAFISAAB.

    I would like to thank Mr. Shirish Kulkarni of Asterisk Communications ,Mumbai who is very Brilliant friend of mine.

    Thanks Shirish. You are such a lovely person.

    Although I am a Big Fan of Rafisaab since my childhood as during my school days and college days I used to sing songs of Rafisaab.But I will always remain unfortunate that I couldnt see Rafisaab live.

    I remember the Great Rafisaab by listening to his great songs.
    Satish G.Singh,Mumbai

  7. Md Amin - Chennai says:

    Rafi sahib is simply great. If you have sense of musice then you will not compare Rafi sahib with any singer on the earth.

    Please appeal everyone to government of india to get the Bharat Ratna for Rafi sahib, he really deserves it.

  8. javed fazal says:

    hi rafians;
    plz don’t compare Mohammad Rafi with others.
    javed fazal
    sukkur pakistan

  9. K.S. Ramachandran says:

    Dear Mr Binu,
    I apologise for my delayed reply to your request. It will indeed my pleasure do something for our great legend. All Rafians from Chennai please contact me at the mobil;e iven below, so that we can schedule to flag out a kick off meeting at a convenient place and move it forward. I look forward to some great meetings and performances on the great legend to keep up his songs in the centre stage of todays generation and to demonstrate how good Rafi Sahab had been as a singer and a human being par excellence, for todays younger generation to appreciate and applaud the legend and pick up the great qualities from him.
    KS Ramachandran (Chandan) Mobile 9841071388

  10. mohanflora says:

    “Logon ka dil agar haan jeetna tumko hai to meetha meetha bolo”- thus sang Rafisaab for Devanand in the 1980 film Man Pasand. Even though KK sang for Dev in all of the 70’s where a song had to express melody, mithas and joyful feeling it was only Rafisaab who could bring out those expressions.The song was a big hit then and still makes for some great listening after 27 years! Even Devanand must have known this, else why the switch to Rafisaab all of a sudden!

  11. unknow1 says:

    really i don’t understant why people compare mohd Rafi with KK!!!!!!!!!!boz it is like SUN light and moon light easy to know.I think from best 100 songs singed for Dev anand there will be not less than 75 songs singed by Mohd Rafi if we speak about best ten songs I think all songs singed by Mohd Rafi…actors who used KK mostly they had there best songs singed by Mohd Rafi…offourse KK was a good singer but we can’t compare kk songs singed for Dev to Mohd Rafi songs,why we compare Dev songs I think we can;t compare songed singed by Mohd Rafi for Rajesh khanna with KK songs….

  12. parveen says:

    dear fans
    songs like tere mere sapne need base in the voice and sd found noway to choose mrafi.that was need of hour.amazingly,he gave dev something extra.

  13. mohamed parvez says:

    dear abi kalil saab give me your email address i will send songs of rafisaab

  14. Raajkumar Akela says:

    Dear Mr. Harvinder and Mr. Ramchandran !
    You are very much right. Though Dev Saab always favoured Kishor Kumar
    but it seems to me that he was always more handsome and more vivid when
    he used Rafi Saab’s golden voice in his movies. Need not to give examples to prove it. India knows it since last three generations.

  15. P. Haldar says:

    ref post 33:

    Kishore came back to sing for dev in teen deviyaan (before Guide) after a gap of 6-7 years. I’ve read most of the comments on this thread and I know some of you will not like what I’ll have to say, but here’s my take on the whole thing. Dev was never fascinated by Rafi; it was SD who was fascinated by Rafi. And Dev’s younger brother, Goldie, who had much to do with his success, may have had a strong liking for Rafi. I’ve read reports that it was Goldie who coaxed Dada to bring Rafi to the Navketan camp. What SD and Rafi did for Dev’s career is mind-boggling; that his career took a nosedive after he dumped both of them (and Goldie) is no accident.

  16. K.S. Ramachandran says:

    In my opinion (well I want to assure that I am in no way baised when I say this) Rafi’s voice was best suited for Dev Anand as against and much more than Kishore Kumar. Who else other than Rafi Sahab can sing the heart out of Dev Anands inimitable style especially in songs like Eise To Na Deko (Teen Devian), Cheda Mere Dilke Tarana Tere Pyaarka (Asli Naqi), Din Dal Jaye (Guide), Tere Mere Sapne (Guide), Tasveer Tere Dilme (Maya with Lata), Dil Pukare (Jewel Thief with Lata), Kabhi Khudh Pe (Hum Dono), Yeh Zindagi Ka (Hum Dono), Hum Bekhudi Me Tum ( Kala Paani), Saathi Na Koi Manzil (Kala Bazaar) and a host of others…
    KS Ramachandran 9841071388, Chennai, India

  17. Anmol Singh says:

    Dev’s patronage with KK can be seen more in the early 50s and entire 70s. In between period was always where Rafi Saab sang the max no of songs. In the late 50s to mid 60s even S D Burman also did not use KK on Dev Anand. It was from Guide on wards S D Burman starts using KK on Dev Anand and gradually starts giving less number of songs to Rafi.

  18. Anmol Singh says:

    Dev’s patronage with KK can be seen more in the early 50s and entire 70s. In between period was always where Rafi Saab sang the max no of songs. In the late 50s to mid 60s even S D Burman also did not use KK on Dev Anand.

  19. Anmol Singh says:

    Finally in the Times of India it has been highlighted “A memorial in the name of Rafi Saab”. Please refer to the following link.

  20. binus2000 says:

    Dear ramchandran ji:

    thanks for writing. we need to make a rafi foundation in chennai
    and we can help u out as mr narayanan has good contacts of
    rafi lovers in the city.
    about ten rafi lovers can come together and start the same. Kindly
    revert.. thanks..

    binu nair.. cell 9833 250 701

  21. binus2000 says:

    Dev Anand like many other heroes lip-synched in two singers voices
    Kishore & Rafi..
    The songs sung by Kishore for dev sahab : are easy songs like gaate
    rahe mera dil, but the diffucult, poetic and slow numbers were sung
    by rafi.
    rafi saab immortalised the songs like din jal jaaye, tere mere sapne,
    kya se kya ho gaya.., Kahin bekhaayal hoke, mujhe choo liya kisine,
    and many others.
    s.d.burman always used to say to Kishore Kumar : you can never
    sing like rafi…to bring out the best in Kishore Kumar.
    dev sahab is celebrating today his 85th birthday and releasing his
    autobiography at a five star hotel in andheri.
    there is an invitation too and the details will be published here and
    also in the sargam magazine..

    binu nair Mumbai.. 9833250 701….

  22. mohanflora says:

    A shrine for Mohammad Rafi in Birmingham

    IANS | Wednesday, 26 September , 2007, 11:56

    Some critics call Indian singer Mohammad Rafi, a mere ‘qawwal’, while millions revere him as the epitome of romance and solace.Now, a Birmingham-based fan has built a shrine for his idol, who he sees as nothing less than a saint.
    Tasawar Bashir, a Birmingham-based artist, has designed a contemporary shrine for Rafi (1924-1980). It is currently on display at the Festival of Xtreme Building, Birmingham. Visitors are encouraged to bring offerings.

    Bashir, who designed the relic, said: “There is no doubt in my mind that Rafi is already a saint. However, life moves at a much faster pace in the 21st century and therefore I believe that achieving the status of sainthood should reflect this societal shift.

    “I asked myself how I could pay homage and honour Rafi and was struck by the simple solution to make a shrine; a capsule in the middle of a bustling city which compresses time, space and expresses a one-to-one transmission between Rafi’s voice and the listener. It is my intention that the shrine will transcend time and space.”

    The shrine has been built from transparent materials to emphasise its accessibility and to encourage people who may not be familiar with Islamic art, or Rafi, to explore the space. The shrine, which is still only a prototype, will eventually be taken to India.

    Tasawar added: “The shrine will be affected by the environment, weather and light depending on the time of day, meaning that every visit will be unique.”

  23. Abid Khalil says:

    What a great singer .i am from karachi pakistan and working for national airline i am amongst very few fortunate persons who has the opportunity to watch the legend singing live in london.being pakistani and a great fan of Rafi saheb i feel great to having this opportunity.i would request to have a CD of all live performances of the legend .Any Rafian friend can send me the CD and have the Blessings of god. my adress is
    A21 Jason Terrace Khayaban-e- Saadi Block 2 Clifton Karachi 75600 Pakistan
    phone 00923332106676

  24. Harvinder says:

    In rendevouze interview i have heard dev saheb stating that kishore was always his voice of choice. we all know dev saheb always wanted to be diffrent, even when kishore da was not so popular with other actors pre 1969. listen to rafi songs for dev and you will notice that deboair image was gift of rafi saheb to dev saheb. i have no doubt that dev saheb had the highest regards for rafi saheb’s voice.

  25. Raajkumar Akela says:

    Publicly Dev Saab never said that KK is his favourite singer, but everyone knows that since 1947-48 Rafi Saab was the first choice of Dilip Kumar, Mukesh Mathur was the first choice of Rajkapoor and finally Kishor Kumar was the first choice of Dev saab. No place for urgument.

  26. unknow1 says:

    Dear fans
    Dev Anand never said that his favourite singer is KK but the there was others who tried make KK super star but stars or moon lights can not stop SUN shine………….it TV programm when they asked DEV Anand that u used most KK songs and he answered that I had mohd Rafi songs …..

  27. K.S. Ramachandran says:

    Dear Sirs,
    I would humbly request a Video CD to be released on the Nuashad Rafi live concert that was telecast in Doordarshan some years ago. The songs comrpise of Man Tarpat (Baiju Bawra), Oh Duniya Ke Rakhwale (Baiju Bawra), Meri Kahani Bhoolne Wala (Deedar), Madhubanme Radhika (Kohinoor), Suhani Raat Dalchuki (Dulari) and the like. If any one has the VCD with them, I would request them to please courier it to my residential address and I shall pay for it including the courier charges. My contact is as under:

    K.S. Ramachandran
    Residence: “Amritha”, 2nd Floor, E58A, 21st Cross Street, Besant Nagar, Chennai 600 090, India. Res Tel: 044-2446 8896 /044-2446 1790; Mobile: 98410-71388 email:;

  28. K.n.Kumar says:

    Dear Mr Vinod,
    Very happy to know that you are bringing out the 2nd edition of Meri Awaz Suno on our dear Rafi Saab. Please bring out the book in English also since many of the South Indians don’t know Hindi. Infact we could not read your Biodata because it is only in Hindi.Please also make arrangements for Rafi fans to buy the book in major cities like Bangalore,Chennai,Hyderabad,kochi,etc Also the CD on Rafi Saab is eagerly awaited and we hope that it will be clear unlike the ones on Internet.Thank you for all the efforts and God Bless.

  29. good news for Rafi sahab fans…… i’m the happiest one in india…. he has my guru….all ever…. 9425063458 is my contact number.. i’m from indore

  30. Raajkumar Akela says:

    Friends !
    Today is 26th September…and it is 85th Happy Birthday of my all time favourite Dev Anand. I met him in July 1997 at his Juhu office. I was with him hardly for 15 minutes and I asked him, “Dev Saab, Kishorji apke favourite
    playback singer the, par Rafi Saab ki awaz me mujhe aap bahut achhe lagte the.” He smiled and replied, “Rafi Saab jaise gayak bar bar duniya me nahi aate…” This was the best compliment to my one favourite by my another favourite. So Happy Birthday Dev saab !!!

  31. binus2000 says:

    Mr. Daan :

    Mr. Piroe from Holland is a great rafi fan. He has sent in his
    subscription for sargam magazine..
    How can u support sargam magazine which will have 3 issues
    in a year is my query to u for better and economical circulation..

    binu nair

  32. A.moiz says:

    31july1980 …Rafi sahab ke chahnewalon ki zindagi ka sab se taareek din tha…Dil ka soona saaz taraana dhoonde ga…such kaha tha ap ne Rafi sahab…ap ke baad hamein aj tak aap jaisa to kya?ap ka pasang bhi nahi mila

  33. javed fazal says:

    plz plz plz sir,
    print the book in english too…
    Vinod jee,
    How i can get the copy of the first edition of the biography.
    in pakistan.

  34. Daan says:

    It is very difficult for members in Europe to by a book of Rs 100,- (about 2 euro’s). The bankcosts will be about 8 euro’s (Rs 400,-)
    Orders in Europe can be placed via my e-mail address:


  35. Daan says:

    fans of rafi saab in Holand, please contact mr.Daan.

    His mobile no. is.0643560890.

    For any inquiry about the cd and the book “meri awaz suno.
    Orders can be placed via e-mail:
    Looking for a song of M. Rafi, let me know via e-mail.


  36. binus2000 says:

    Yesudas is a keen follower of this website:

    Yesudas is a great rafi saab fan and he follows this great site –
    meticulously. He intends to “pay a tribute to rafi saab” very soon
    by a music concert in which he will sing only rafi songs.

    shri yesudas (dasettan) has sent in a message through a music
    lover stationed in gujarat currently in which he asked him to contact
    rafi lovers in mumbai to identify the songs and work out the finer
    details. shri balasubramaniam will also take part , I am informed.
    We are “elated” that yesudas ji will indeed pay tributes along with
    another singing wizard : shri balasubramaniam : to the legend of
    playback singing : shri mohd rafi…
    We anxiously look forward to it..

    Binu Nair.. the rafi foundation Sargam Magazine cell 9833 250 701

  37. Mihir Ranjan says:

    This is realy a matter of pleasure for rafi fans that afterall Biography of the music legend- Mohammad Rafi. This is realy a great effort.
    This book should be distributed in well managed manner so that in each and every town this book should be avaible in book stores.
    Patna, Bihar

  38. A S MURTY says:

    Great work, Delhi-Rafians. Like Mr. S. Ramakrishna has already told you, we from Hyderabad are all eager to grab a copy of the second edition and the first one. We shall separately mail to you our DD for the same together with all our addresses. Keep doing the good work, for all the RAFIANS are with you, particularly from Hyderabad.

  39. Anmol Singh says:

    Possibly the book can be translated in English and Published.

  40. parveen says:

    dear vinod
    translate it in urdu or english

  41. Piroe.M says:

    Mr. Anushakti,
    Great comments…Bravo….I really enjoy it…
    Mr. A.Piroe

  42. Piroe.M says:

    Oh my God,
    I’m so glad that there is a book of Rafi Saheb, and that there are so many Rafi lovers even after 27 years that he left this word.
    Great job mr. Vinod Diplav. How can I thank you for this job…beautifull……beautifull….I like that….
    May God Bless you.

  43. binus2000 says:

    Rafi lovers from Mumbai:

    Please note that “an evening of rafi saab songs” a unique musical
    show is arranged in Borivlis Probodhan thackeray mini auditorium.
    Please click on sargam and look for the programme details. Please
    contact me for your copy of sargam magazine and for the admission
    passes of the musical show on 2nd october at 9.00 pm.

    Binu Nair cell : 9833 250 701

  44. surinder says:

    As a die hard rafi saab’s fan residing in Malaysia, i sincerely request your goodself ( Mr. Vinod ) to consider the English version of Meri Awaaz Suno.This will ensure that this Awaaz will not only be heard but also read globally .We here are as much keen to know about rafi saab.Please share with us with an english edition.

    Thank You Ji.

    Surinder Singh.

  45. Vinod jee
    How i can get the copy of the first edition of the biography.
    Kripashankar sharma

  46. Anushakti says:

    I have read this book. I am sending a book review which i have written for a magazine published from Delhi.

    “Meri Awaz Suno” A tribute to legend singer Md. Rafi

    Tum mujhe yun bhula na pao ge,
    jab kabhi bhi sunoge geet mere
    sang sang tum bhi gun gunao ge ……

    The song sung by legend Md. Rafi has became a truth today. It is exactly 27 years since Mohammad Rafi passed away (July 31, 1980), but his voice continues to haunt us even today. After all, he’s left behind a rich legacy — of songs sung by him over 35 years. The melody and music that Mohammad Rafi created and pioneered during 36 long years of his career has withstood the test of time. Rafi’s voice, ranging from the melancholic to the boisterous, was such that it suited every mood and every occasion in films. His is one voice that has been imitated the most: to be called a Rafi clone is actually regarded as a compliment by most newcomers. Yet, no one has been able to recreate the Rafi magic. Perhaps, no one can. At best, each of these singers has been able to imitate just one aspect of his voice. But nobody possesses the versatility that Rafi did.

    We all know about the great importance of Rafi sahab and his singing and every one is quite aware by his great impact on Indian music world. He was a singer who had sung thousands of song in different languages and of every raga with a great skill and submerged with best and unique voice.

    Today the importance and relevance of Mohammad Rafi is But this is the big thing that he was not a singer only, he was among people who had always thought about the society and reflect his emotions and patriotism, secularism from his songs. This was the thing that he is no more but his magic is on and it will be. People are as curious to know about him as they were in that when Rafi Sahab was flaunting his magic lively.

    There is a big thrust in people to know about him, but unfortunately there is nothing more about him we have, and what ever we have is not satisfactory at all because these are not complete, but now the Prominent Hindi writer and Senior Journalist attached with United News of India (UNI) Vinod Viplav decided to satisfy this quest of people and he has written a book by the name of “Meri Awaz Suno” published by “Sachi Prakashan, New Delhi”. This book includes each and every aspects of the life and singing of Rafi Sahab. In this book the author tried to put all information about him and he is very much successful in his attempt. This book shows a pretty keen observation of the author, as he had included every moment of Legend’s life in the book. Seriously, if you want to know Rafi Sahab, then no book is better then this you will get.

    This book was released by renownd Hindustani Classical Singer Padamshree Shanno Khurana in a function held on the eve of death anniversay of Mohmmad Rafi ie on 30 th July, 2007.
    – Anushakti, Delhi

  47. binus2000 says:

    Good work as usual… Please print the book in english too…
    Mr. Viplav…

    Calcutta fans of rafi saab please contact Mr.sanjay kumar joshi who
    wants to join Rafi Music Circle. His No. is.9339455513 and address
    is 17 A, Jadulal Mullick Road, Kolkatta – 6.

    The Sargam special issue is being released on Oct. 2nd in Mumbai.
    Please send in your subscriptions for your copy..
    binu nair.. the rafi foundation mumbai.. cell 9833 250 701

  48. RAMAKRISHNA says:

    vinod jee,

    thank you very much for the second edition of the book. This I am writing to you after talking to you on phone just now.

    Vinod jee I will render all the help from my side towards the publication of the book. In fact me, Mr A.S.Murty, Mr Srinivasan, Mr Padmanabhan the die hard fans of rafi sahab are here in hyderabad to support you. Any help please dont hesitate to inform us.

    We all wish that the ‘ world ‘ should know what ‘is’ Rafi sahab & not what ‘was’ rafi sahab.

  49. Manoj Kumar says:

    This is realy a good news for rafi fans that the second edition of the biography is going to be published in such a short time. I am egarly waiting for book and CD. This is a great triute to Mohammad Rafi Saheb.
    Manoj Kumar

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