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The emotional songs of Rafi

This article is written by Mr. A.S.Murty

Mohd. Rafi has sung songs in very different moods. Some of these songs have so much emotion and depth in them that one is inclined to believe that they were actually written and composed for Mohd. Rafi himself. One would tend to forget the characters for whom the song may have been picturised. For those of us who have seen such movies, we would have been carried away by the emotion ourselves, leaving an indelible mark in our memories for all time to come. For those who may not have seen the actual picturisation itself, it would seem that Mohd. Rafi has sung the song with his heart out. To quote only a few examples of the highly emotional songs, I would not go very very far.

In fact mid sixties and mid seventies present a host of such songs from films of all makes – directors, actors, musicians et el. In Ek Phool Do Maali for example, songs like Oh Nanhe se Farishtey Tujhse Yeh Kaisa Naata have surcharged emotions of a father’s love for his son. These are not romantic songs yet are so melodiously composed and sung that they sometimes tend to become a part of our lives. They are neither sad songs nor comic ones. Usually romantic, comic or sad songs become popular with masses, but songs of above elk have the magical powers to convey the emotional feel of humans. Another song is the vidaai song – Babul ki duvayen leti jaa jaa tujhko sukhi sansaar mile – from the film Neelkamal. Here again although sung in a very sad tone, it is actually a emotional song for a father’s love for his daughter who will be leaving his house to go and spend the rest of her life with her husband. Though the situation depicts the father to be sad that his daughter will be leaving him and that he indeed cannot help it, he is also happy that she is married to a righteous man and will be happy for the rest of her life in her new surroundings. The sobbing song was sung in such great depth by Mohd. Rafi that it went on to become one of the all time hits and is played by the music bands in weddings in India even to this day.

Yet another song that I had wanted to mention is of a different genre altogether. In the film HAATHI MERE SAATHI, all except one song were sung by Kishore Kumar. They all went on to become instant hits. But there is one song sung by Mohd. Rafi – NAFRAT KI DUNIYA KO CHHOD KE PYAR KI DUNIYA MEIN – which needs special mention here. Once again, though a very sad song on the death of a dearest friend (Ramu – the elephant), the song depicts the heroics of the beast and also the bond and attachment between the true friends. It poses pertinent questions on the humans’ attitude towards animals. If Kishore Kumar had suited so very well for Rajesh Khanna, why then this song was in Mohd. Rafi’s voice ? This was because only Mohd. Rafi could have swung into such emotional tone.

Then there is a pathos song – Main tooti huyi ik naiyya hun mujhe chahe jidhar le jaao – from the film AADMI. This song again narrates the utter helplessness of a lame whose world has changed. So much so that he realizes that his lady love maybe having second thoughts about him and is only giving him the overt company which the society demands. The pun, the saga of bitterness and the unusually bold statements that the song makes gives one the impression that only a genius could compose such emotionally packed song. And who else could sing it other than Mohd. Rafi? No singer of that era could even think of the multifarious notes of recital that have gone into the composition. Naushad may have exploited Rafi the fullest like no other music director did, but Mohd. Rafi had more than anyone else contributed to Naushad’s rise as the numero uno among music directors of that period.

One can go on and on in this never ending fairly tale description of Mohd. Rafi’s uniqueness. The above are only given as a few examples and there are many more that readers would like to add. The only point, however, that I had intended to make and which most readers would agree is that Mohd. Rafi put his SOUL into the songs that he rendered. And none can challenge the fact that this gifted was indeed a Godsend to planet earth and its emotional humans. I shall come back next time with another side of Mohd. Rafi and hope to do it a few more times with different moods of Mohd. Rafi – GAYIKI KA SHAHANSHAH.

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43 Blog Comments to “The emotional songs of Rafi”

  1. Mohit parihar says:

    Rafi shahab ak mahan gayk he nahe blke ak mahan vykti bhe the .lata ji se or kishor ji se thoda tainsion tha par unka wha vyktithw mahan tha .or rahe bt unke gano ke to unke aise koi gane nahe hai jo specal likhe jaye .kyo ke unka her gna specl hai.or ant me m.rafi shahb ko pradam.

  2. Kapil dev singh says:

    rafi saheeb ko khuda ne duniya ki sabse behtar or dil ko chhu de ne wali awaz bakhshi thi isiliye to bhagwan ne is aawaz ke jadugar ko unhe apne paas bula liya

    i love all song of rafi saheeb but the most haert touching songs is

    1. dono ne kiyatha (mahuaa)
    2. rang or noor ki (gazal)

  3. Liiban says:

    I am not Indian but a great and die hard fan of the legend. I can also tell you that Mr Rafi is well respected in the continent of Africa. In the minds of billions of people Rafi is still alive.

    Millions of Indian movie fans were affected in one way or the other by the sad news of his death. A lot of people stopped watching Indian movies when they no longer find the voice of the legend. I am one of those.

    To make the matter even worse, millions of people were and are upset by the way Indian movies drifted away from their known acting roles and strong culture and started imitating western culture of kissing, nude, dancing and creed driven Godless society. Indian movies can do better.

    May God bless Mr Rafi.

  4. somesh says:

    Hi everybody

    Pl. if anybody know or provide the list or link to the songs those were played in the programme on dd on the sad day of rafi saheb’s death or the clip of that programme.

    thanks

    somesh

  5. Regarding Post No 38
    Was it necessary on the part of Mr Binujee in posting his dear comments preferably on the moods and likes & dislikes of Kishore Kumar Who do you think you are Mr Nair to post such comments.
    Of late the undersigned has repeatedly observed that Mr Binu Nair seems to be more interested in various other topics & chapters especially on this site which are not concerned at all and does not relate anywhere in respect of our beloved king of melody
    In my view the administrative committee of this site should be very strict in allowing the publish of such matters & views from individuals like Binujee which has no concern at all in respect of our beloved king of melody and such comments will automatically lead in allowing matters relating to criticism.
    Rafi & Kishore were of course by all means best friends and always respected each other and were aware of their status
    Binujee you definitely might have plenty of such grimmics & nonsense and also your own statistics to share & write but please make it very clear not use this site as the media of your propaganda & cheap publicity
    Hope better sense & goodwill will definitely prevail upon you Mr Binu Nair henceforth if you truly call yourself as the Rafi lover & admirer, mainly because our dearest Rafi Saheb never ever indulged himself in such cheap stunts

  6. binu nair says:

    about our great mood-y kishore kumar saaheb: kishore da was known as for his split personality.
    on one occassion he refused to sing the HIT qawaali : sachai chup nahin sakti banawat ke phoolon se saying mohd rafi will sing it.

    and on other occassions he used to privately tell laxmikant : you always give good songs to him; meaning mohd rafi . (this is quoted by a journo friend of shri laxmikant)

    i admire his various roles, his personality and some of his great songs.

    binu nair.

  7. A S MURTY says:

    ref post 35 by Santosh Kumar on the song from Haathi mere saathi – the lone rafi number. we have also heard that first kk was asked to sing and that it was kk himself who turned down the song as it had to be on a high pitch. lp as was their wont, had always stood by rafi sahab and did not lose this opportunity and the song was thus recorded in rafi sahab’s voice. about the “8 retakes by kk”, i do not think it would have gone to that extent and even rajesh khanna would never insist on kk singing his songs as there are several hits by rafi sahab for rajesh khanna too. it was only that for a brief era kk was in great demand, although there was never any professional rivalry between these two great singers. kk is reported to have respected rafi sahab as most of the film industry did.

  8. Manish Kumar says:

    ref 35 Santosh,

    That story is completely untrue. “nafrat ki duniya ko chodke” was composed with Rafi in mind right. It was always meant to be rendered by him and Kishore was never asked to rehearse or sing it. I asked this question to Mr. KCP who had asked Pyarelaal.

  9. Santosh Kumar Ayalsomayajula says:

    regarding “nafrat ki duniya ko chodke…” song, i don’t know how far it is true but i heard that being Rajesh Khanna the actor, it was actually asked for kishore to sing that song. Even after 8 retakes, Kishore couldn’t meet the expectations of the composer and then he tried with rafi saab, who sang this song in first take itself scaling the expectations of the composer….

    Kishore fans, kindly don’t take me wrong here, i’m just trying to explain the depth of involvement and pain needed to sing that song and how difficuilt it is to sing this song. Only a technically perfect singer like rafi saab can sing such songs

  10. vishal says:

    momd rafi sahib ek kohinoor hain jo samne rehkr b paas nahi hai.main unka fan hoon. unka gana “o duniya k rakhwale”mera best gana hai.i wish ki aane wali pushte b unhe yaad karen

  11. M. Dumasia says:

    Janaab-e-Binus2000-ji,
    Aadaab arz hai!
    Sab say pehlay tu aap ko khushaamded. Main aap ka tah-e-dil se shukr guzaar hoon for the warm welcome!
    Vaise toh Rafi Sahib ka gaya hua har ek zabardast naghma khoobsurat aur dilkash hai. Lekin, Mere liye sirf do naghMae (1) Ye duniyaan, ye mahafil mere kaam kee naheen— from film HEER RANJHA and (2) Rang aur nur ki baraat kise pesh karun — Sahir Ludhiyanvi ka likha, based on Raga: Puria Dhaneshri, Film – GHAZAL are the best.
    Also, Soch raha tha is baar Indian Film industry ke baray mein. Mere mutaabik, Baiju Bawra (1952) was the greatest musical film ever made. I was only 10 years old when I first saw it and it made a great impression on me. For me it is still unforgettable and the best. It was a film with a Hindu theme, but three Muslims — Naushadji, Shakeel Badayuni and Mohammad Rafi had a big hand in making it memorable.
    Indeed, the team of the four biggest personalities that dominated the three best decades (50s, 60s and 70s) of Indian films were Naushad (Music Director), Shakeel Badayuni (Lyricist), Mohammad Rafi and Dilip Kumar (actor). The first three have passed away and Yusuf Khan Sahib is currently 84 yrs old.
    It is very sad to say, but there are no giants left in the industry and the quality of the new products is very diminished. What is happening now in cinema and on TV bears no resemblance to the great and glorious past of Hindi media. I cant even recall any of the songs or the singers names of the last 10 to 15 years. I am saddened by the gradual loss of the good and great. The current mediocre and the downright unskilled personnel in most sectors of the industry leaves no scope for hope.
    I have now explored your wonderful site in some detail and it is very nice indeed. Meri jaanib se daad aur mubarak.baad qubool kareN!

    Minoo C Dumasia, PhD. Cambridge, UK.

  12. binus2000 says:

    True. Damasia ji …

    The golden triangle of lyricists, composer and the singer Mohd.Rafi which is common
    to many many songs of the bygone memorable era.
    Rafi and Lata are the treasures of the earth but in humaniities and humility, Rafi saab
    is miles and miles ahead.
    This is the reason why the maestro commands respect, awe and love..

    Wecome to this great site…. damasiaji…

    binus2000@hotmail.com

  13. M. Dumasia says:

    Awards are just a token of appreciation of a persons ability. It makes him feel good when he is alive and if given posthumously makes his relatives and friends feel proud. The legend that was Rafi Sahab will live on long after we all are gone, irrespective of awards.
    As a playback singer, his talent was his ability to mimic and project his voice singing to the varied situations in different films. As many people have said above, he sang filmi, non-filmi songs in various languages, qawaalis, ragas, thumris, patriotic and bhajan songs and many others. But he was only a singer and we can only apreciate his vocal talent.
    We must never forget that the lyrics to the songs he sang in films and elsewhere were written by the masters of poetry- the lyricists and their words were set to music by the famous music composers. Rafi Sahibs voice enhanced and did justice to the sentiments of the lyricists and to the music of the composers.

  14. irony81 says:

    RAFI DOESN’T NEED ANY MAN-MAD TROPHY. HE EARNED LOVE OF ALL THE PEOPLE. HE SANG FOR HUMANITY, HE SANG FOR UNITY, NOT FOR MONEY. MONEY WAS OFCOURSE A FACTOR, BUT HE NEVER GAVE IT THE FIRST PRIORITY UNLIKE LATA, KISHORE, ASHA.

  15. irony81 says:

    DEKHI ZAMANE KI YAARI IS THE MOST EMOTIONAL SONG EVER PROBABLY AND ONLY RAFI SAAB COULD SING IT!

  16. H.V.GURU MURTHY says:

    To the great list of such emotional songs other than the usual ‘bichade huye sajan’ songs, patriotic and bhajan songs sung by Rafi, the follwoing can be added.

    1. ‘Ae Mere Dost Mere Humdam’ from “Meherbaan” on a devoted servant boy.
    2. ‘Sabke Rahte Lagta Hai Jaise’ from “Samjhauta” on utter helpnessness of a lonley man.
    3. ‘Kaali Ye Raat Kaali’ from “Upkar” on the poverty and effects of war on common citizens.
    4. ‘Nanne Munne Bache Teri’ from “Boot Polish” on the future of Children.
    5. ‘Tumhare Hain Tumse Daya Mangte Hain’ from “Boot Polish” on poor students begging for their livelihood.
    6. ‘Ek Banjara Gaye’ from “Jeene Ki Raah”.
    7. ‘Kabhi Na Kabhi’ from “Sharabi” on a person’s loneliness.
    8. ‘Ae Mere Dil Yahan’ from “Pagla Kahin Ka” on the anguish of a dejected person.
    9. ‘Mera To Jo Bhi Kadam Hai’ from “Dosti” on a friend.
    10. ‘Chahoonga Mai Tuzhe’ from “Dosti” on a friend.
    11. ‘Chal Udjare Panchi’ from “Hum Panchi Ek Daal Ke” on bidaai of a sister.
    12. ‘Zindagi Muzhko Dikhade Raasta’ from “Saanj Aur Savera” on seeking guidance from life.

    Well, the list is endless.

  17. sayed zaka says:

    Zaka Says
    Great Article
    I m greatest fan of Rafi Sahab. I have collected his more than 4000 songs filmi, non filmi unreleased in variousn languages like ENGLISH, PERSIAN, SOORNAMI, HHINDI, MARATHI, URDU, KONKANI, PUNJABI, SINDHI, BANGLA, GUJRATI, RAJHASTHANI, MAGHADI, MATHELI,TELGU & URIA

    sayedzakarahim@yahoo.com
    Tell: 022-24051327/8 Cell: 09324485530

  18. unknow1 says:

    Mostly people said that why Lata ji got award and Mohd Rafi not it so easy to answer because they give award to human like Lata ji who did many mistake she didn’t sing with SD and SJ we know why!!but Mohd Rafi never did mistake he was great than a human.the award which Mohd Rafi has it given by God not by us human.The award is still at the top from 1950……

  19. kalyani says:

    Dear Fans and music lovers,
    For me the pillars of Saptaswaras were created by Naushad,Shanker Jaikishen,O.P.Nayyar,Madan Mohan,S.D.Burman,Lakshmikant Pyarelal and Roshan. All the 7 together with Rafi Sahab gave us the maximum number of hits in the 40s 50s and 60s.
    These were followed by Kalyanji Anandji,R.D.Burman,Ravi,Chithragupt,Usha Khanna and others who gave us icing on the Foundtion Cake.
    We friends used to watch movies to hear Rafi sahabs songs and its picturisation and not on the basis of actors.
    P.narayanan

  20. binus2000 says:

    Dear Hussein and all Rafi lovers (Rafians)

    Right. Very Right. Pl. do not compare Mohd Rafi and Kishor Kumar.
    Enjoy the good music while writing on our favourite singers.
    As I always feel Rafi Saab is incomparable. No comparison. You
    can’t compare the SUN with the stars………

    binu nair
    binus2000@hotmail.com

  21. Hussein Sheikh says:

    Sirs, let me frankly tell you that Rafi Saheb and KK cannot be compared at all! Rafi Saheb was much talented even more than Lata, so KK was too behind in talent to Rafi Saheb. Remember that in an interview of KK, he had said that he believed in 3 singers only being [1] Rafi Saheb, [2] Lata and [3] K.L. Saigal!! KK had 3 photos each of Rafi Saheb, Lata and K.L. Saigal in his personal room.

  22. unknow1 says:

    Sir Binus 2000
    as u said that KK was good singer I agree with u that but there are many singer they are better than KK.
    when we go to cinema to see a flim at the end of flim we see THE END it is same in music world when Mohd Rafi went it mean THE END of music.

  23. binus2000 says:

    Hussein ji,

    Some songs of KK are really good. Some were not music to the ears;
    Kishore Kumar regarded Rafi Saab as his G U R U AND would
    ofter tell producers/composers to give a particular song to R A F I
    Saab. This is stated to me by atleast two Composers.
    I respect KK and enjoy some of his great songs. KK was a natural
    singer but he had limitations in his vocal range whereas Rafi saab
    was a trained professional singer – whom the G O D S had sent
    only for the purpose of singing which he did up till the last
    moment of his life. He left us when he was in top form creating
    great works of arts, which would be remembered and prized for
    CENTURIES together.

    binu nair binus2000@hotmail.com

  24. Hussein Sheikh says:

    Frankly speaking, I cannot tolerate Ki[shor]e Kumar’s voice, but Rafi Saheb songs the whole of my life. Mukesh was ok in some songs.

  25. sangeetvishwa says:

    SUSHIL SAYS

    MY LIST

    MUSIC DIRECTORS:- SHANKAR JAIKISHAN, LAXMIKANT PYARELAL,
    KALYANJI ANANDJI, S.D. & R.D.BURMAN &
    MADAN MOHANJI.

    LYRICIST :- SHAILENDRA, HASRAT JAIPURI, ANAND
    BAKSHI,SAHIR LUDHIANVI.

    ACTORS : AMITABH BACHHAN,SANJEEV KUMAR & AAMIR KHAN,

    ACTRESS : MADHUBALA, MADHURI DIXIT & SRIDEVI.

    SINGERS : MOHD RAFI SAHAB, LATA MANGESHKAR, KISHORE
    KUMAR & MUKESHJI

    REGARDS

    RAFI FAN

  26. Hussein Sheikh says:

    Let me say that, I too have 3 favourites in each catagories :
    - Music Directors: Shankar Jaikishan, Naushad, Laxmikant-Pyarelal,
    - Lyricists: shakeel Badayuni, Sahir Ludhiyanvi, Hasrat Jaipuri,
    - Movies: Baiju Bawra, Phool Aur Patthar, Chhotisi Baat,
    - Actors: Dilip Kumar, Dharmendra, Rajendra Kumar,
    - Actresses: Meena Kumari, Sharmila Tagore, Madhubala,
    - Singers: Mohd. Rafi Saheb, Mohd. Rafi Saheb, Mohd. Rafi.
    Can’t even think of other singers other than Rafi Saheb.

  27. sangeetvishwa says:

    DEAR UNKNOW 1

    SHANKAR JAIKISHAN HAD IMMENSE TALENT WHICH WAS NOTICED BY SHREE RAJ KAPOORJI IN HIS FATHERS PRITHVI THEATRE.HE WAS GOOD AT SELECTING TALENTS.

    RAJ KAPOORJI HAD ALSO SELECTED SURESH WADKAR AFTER LISTENING TO HIM AT ONE OF THE COLLEGE SHOWS IN MUMABI WHERE HE WENT AS A CHIEF GUEST AND SIGNED HIM FOR PREM ROG.

    WHILE SHANKAR WAS GOOD AT COMPOSING CLASSICAL TUNES LIKE TUNES OF BASANT BAHAR JAIKISHAN WAS GOOD AT COMPOSING LIGHTER MUSIC LIKE SHREE 420 ETC.

    IT DID NOT AFFECT THE LEGENDS AS THEY WERE MAESTROS OF MUSIC.EVEN THE SONGS SUNG BY SUMAN KALYANPUR IN RAJKUMAR AND SHARDA LIKE “CHALE JANA JARA THEHRO KISI KA DUM NIKALTA HAI ” GOES TO SHOW HOW GREAT COMPOSERS THEY WERE.THEY UNDERSTOOD THE LIMITATIONS OF THE SINGER AND COMPOSED WITHOUT DISTURBING THE BASIC THING I.E.MELODY.THERE IS A LOT THAT WE CAN TALK ABOUT SJ.

    REGARDS

    RAFI FAN

  28. unknow1 says:

    Dear fans
    I think SHANKAR JAIKISHAN they are the best also there are other great like Naushand,Madan Mohan,O P Nayar,SD,LP but I think SJ is the best but no one speak honestly about greatest SJ but they made RD the best!!!!!!!!!!!!?there are many who speak about the greatness of Mohd Rafi but I hope there should people speak about the greatness of SJ also.Singer like Late Ji she said that will not sing for SJ but SJ was hit without Lata ji.why people don’t speak about SJ because they was not good with Lata ji and Asha Ji and they made RD the great!!!!!!!!!!

  29. unknow1 says:

    Sir sangeetvishwa,
    as u know and

  30. sangeetvishwa says:

    SUSHIL SAYS

    TO ALL RAFI FANS

    I ALAWAYS BELEIVE THAT GOD HAD SENT SPECIAL PEOPLE LIKE RAFISAHAB ON THIS EARTH TO DO A PARTICULAR JOB AND WHEN
    THE JOB IS COMPLETED HE JUST TAKES THEM AWAY. SOMETIMES
    THE LIVES OF GRAET LEGENDS LIKE RAFISAHAB IS NOT JUST THEIRS BUT THEY ARE BORN TO SERVE MILLIONS OF FANS OUT THERE.

    THANKS TO THE LEGEND FOR THE LEGACY HE HAS LEFT BEHIND FOR MUSIC LOVERS LIKE US.

    OTHER LEGENDS WHOM I SALUTE

    MY PERSONAL FAVOURITES – M.D. LAXMIKANT OF THE HIT LP JODI
    SANGEET SAMRATS M.D. SHANKAR JAIKISHAN –

    THE FIRST JODI WHO CHANGED THE FACE OF INDIAN MUSIC TO THE COMMERCIAL LEVEL.

    I REMEMBER LAXMIKANT SAYING IN HIS INTERVIEW “SHANKAR JAIKISHAN NE JO KUWA KHODA AAJ SAB M.D. USISE PANI BHAR
    RAHE HE”. THE INITAL PERIOD OF L-P RESEMBLED A LOT TO S-J.

    REGARDS

    RAFI FAN.

  31. binus2000 says:

    Sangeetvishwa ji..

    Indeed right. Mr.Ashok Khare a true Rafian and a great singer
    who gives great performances on stage. I have not heard him
    hence its my loss..
    Sunil Menon and Chiragh from Mumbai are also great singers
    from Mumbai who sing Rafi numbers and one can notice encore
    requests from audiences many a times.

    binu nair Rafi Music Academy binus2000@hotmail.com

  32. jojoba001 says:

    I would like to say that Rafi saab has sung songs of every genre with such great emotion that pointing out just his non romantic numbers for does not seem fair. Definitely, sometimes his voice appears to be on the brink of crying…it is hard to imagine how he could infuse such great feelings into his bhajans, patriotic songs, light numbers and of course- his forte: romantic songs. Truly, he was and will be the greatest.

  33. sangeetvishwa says:

    SUSHIL SAYS

    RAFISAHAB HAS SUNG MORE THAN 27000 SONGS IN HIS WHOLE CAREER
    AND THAT TO AT A TIME WHEN THERE WERE RELATIVELY LESS FILMS BEING PRODUCED WHICH ITSELF SPEAKS OF THE GREATNESS OF THIS MAESTRO.

    THE LIST IS ENDLESS.

    TO BINUS 2000

    THERE IS ONE MORE SINGER WHO IS A DIE HARD RAFI BHAKT.HE IS A PROFESSOR IN GOVT COLLEGE IN MUMBAI (VJTI). HE DOES TWO SHOWS
    EVERY YEAR ONE ON RAFISAHABS BIRTHDAY AND OTHER ON HIS DEATH ANNIVERSARY AND WE NEED NOT TELL THAT THE SHOW IS A BIG HIT EVERY YEAR.HIS NAME IS PROF.ASHOK KHARE.

    HE DID HIS FIRST SHOW AT SHANMUKHANAND HALL AT MATUNGA ON 31ST JULY 1981 AND I WAS THERE TO SEE IT AT THE AGE OF 11.

    SUCH WAS THE CRAZE THAT EVEN AT THAT TENDER AGE OF 11 THAT I COULD FEEL THE LOSS OF RAFISAHAB.

    REGARDS

    RAFI FAN

  34. kalyani says:

    Dear fans and music lovers,
    Excellent article Murthy sir.
    In fact shall I add few more songs which are highly touching n emotional
    All the songs of film Dosthi, Shabab, Uran Khatola, Deedar,Dulari,Mere Mehboob.
    I LIKED PARTICULARLY THE SONG ‘ TUKDE HAI MERE DIL KE’ FROM THE FILM MERE SANAM. WHAT AN EXCELLENT PATHOS IN RAFI SAHABS VOICE N NAYYAR SAHABS MUSIC. THEN ANOTHER GEM FROM JOHNNY WALKER ‘GARIBI JANTHE HAI’ FROM THE SAME COMBO.
    I ALSO FULLY AGREE WITH MEHTAB THE SO CALLED CURRENT ARTISTES CANNOT MENTION THE NAME OF THE GREATEST SINGER OF THIS PLANET AS THEY CANNOT EVEN MAKE AN EFFORT TO SING THE MAESTROS SONGS.
    YES BINU ALONG WITH THE SINGERS WHO CATER TO OUR RAFI MANIA PUBLIC IN THE COUNTRY THERE IS ONE MORE SINGER BY NAME DR SALIM FROM BLORE WHO EXPERTLY TRIES TO SING THE DIFFICULT SONG OF RAFI SAHAB AND IS VERYPOPULAR HERE.

  35. javifazl says:

    To add a few more emotional songs by RAFI SAHAB Aaj ki raat mere dil ki salami lealy. Apni to har aah ek tufaan hey. Aaj purani rahoon se koi mujhe awaaz na de. Hum to chale pardes hum pardesi ho gaey. Mean zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya. & many more. javifazl@yahoo.com

  36. unknow1 says:

    great job sir,
    if we speak about the list of Mohd Rafi songs there is end.
    Who can give me one song which is not singed by MOhd Rafi from his heart.

  37. Anmol Singh says:

    To add a few more emotional songs by Rafi.

    Na Kissi Ki Aankh Ka Noor Hun
    Taqdeer Ka Fassana
    Yaad Na Jaaye Beete Dino Ki
    Sathi Na Koi Mazil
    Mai Ye Sooch Kar Uske Dar Se Utha Tha
    Aap Ke Pehloo Mein Akar Ro Diye
    Es Bhari Duniya Mein Apnon Ka Sahara Na Hua
    Raha Gurdishon Mein Har Dum
    Teri Galiyon Mein
    Rang Aur Noor Ki Baraat Kisse Pesh Karon
    Tere Kuche Mein Armano Ki Duniya
    Kahaan Ja Raha Hai Tu E Jane Waale

    & Many more

  38. jojoba001 says:

    A very well written article with great insight. I would like to add the songs of film ‘Dosti’ to this list. All of these gems are sung by Rafi saab in such a mesmerising and straight from the heart voice….they score very very very, high on the emotional scales.
    Well, actually Rafi saab’s voice is in itself so expressive, he conveys the emotions expressed in the lyrics so effectively, that the genre of the song becomes irrelevant. Rafi is close to what people call GOD

  39. javifazl says:

    Great article Thanks to Mr.A.S.Murty.

  40. Hussein Sheikh says:

    This article by Mr. A.S. Murty is very well written and I agree with him. There are plenty of Rafi Saheb’s songs which no other singers would have able to sing. Rafi Saheb was a complete singer, he gave same emotions to each and every song he sang as wanted by music directors. All the music directors were 100% satisfied with Rafi Saheb’s crooning.
    Hussein Sheikh, Bujumbura, Burundi, Central Africa
    hussssssein@yahoo.com

  41. binus2000 says:

    Rafian MEHTAB well said….

    May I add herein that CLASS is PERMANENT and FORM temporary…

    Like someone said it’s very difficult to sing Rafi saabs songs – which
    is only true…

    I have heard few young singers sing Rafi songs and they do a neat
    job out of it like Fahad from Calicut, Rana Chaterjee, Sreekant,
    Anil Vajpayee, Menon from Mumbai and Mohd. Hanif from Bangalore.
    There are many others who are carrying the flame ahead …….AND
    the audiences hunger for Rafi songs continue unabated….. in any
    stage show…..

  42. H.V.GURU MURTHY says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THE FOLLOWING SONGS TO THE LIST.

    1. ‘MERI AWAAZ SUNO’ FROM “NAUNIHAL”.
    2. ‘NANNE MUNNE BACHCHE’ FROM “BOOT POLISH”.
    3. ‘TUMHARE HAI TUMSE’ FROM “BOOT POLISH”.
    4. ‘SUNLE TU DILKI SADA’ FROM “TERE GHAR KE SAMNE”.
    5. ‘DEKHI ZAMANE KI YAARI’ FROM “KAGAZ KE PHOOL”.
    6. ‘YE MEHLO YE TAKHTO’ FROM “PYAASA”.
    7. ‘JINHE NAAZ HAI’ FROM “PYAASA”.
    8. ‘TANG AA CHUKE HAI’ FROM “PYAASA”.
    9. ‘AE MERE DIL YAHAN TU AKELA NAHI’ FROM “PAGLA KAHIN KA”.
    10. ‘ZINDAGI MUZHKO DIKHADE RAASTA’ FROM “SAANJ AUR SAVERA”.

    WELL, THE LIST CAN GO ON AND ON.

  43. mehtab says:

    All Respected Fans of Rafi Sahib,
    As we all know that now we are able to write or present hundreds of thesis (for Ph. D. or D. Lit.) upon the depth of Rafi Sahib’s singing art, his all time favourite and melodious, inimitable, immemorable, incomparable voice, his saint like behaviour. Mr. A. S. Murty has also touched an aspect out of hundreds of aspects of Mohd. Rafi the Great. His art is as deep in its sense as it is the highest in the world. Rafi Sahib is even today like such a lever that can easily move the Earth. The Great Artists of today’s Bollywood like Udit Narayan & Sonu Nigam feel and accept before the whole world. But some inexperienced & so-called singers nowadays are afraid of taking the name of Rafi Sahib during their stage performances. Actually, they have some phobia of Rafi Sahib because they don’t have the capacity to access the depths and heights of Rafi Sahib. We can feel pity of such so-called artists, who are numerous in numbers today. They will repeat the names of all other contemporaries of Rafi Sahib but would not name Rafi Sahib himself. A layman feels very bad about such artists. I don’t want to take the names of those artists, you all surely know their names.
    Such so-called artists’ lobby was active even during the period of Rafi Sahib. He also knew about them but he never complained. He was devoted only to music and he rarely thought about such handful people. Such people made impediments in the way of Dada Sahib Phalke or Bharat Ratna Awards to be conferred to Rafi Sahib but the whole Universe like Rafi Sahib even after the almost 27 years of his death. Rafi Sahib is immortal and will remain forever. Such so-called singers have not any recognition at all even after the 5 to 15 years of their careers. They ‘ll perish into their own destiny but Rafi Sahib shall always shine like the rising Sun.
    –MEHTAB (Chandigarh) +919815703226, mehtabmasih@yahoo.co.in

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