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 â€“ 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 fatherâ€™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 â€“ 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 fatherâ€™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 â€“ NAFRAT KI DUNIYA KO CHHOD KE PYAR KI DUNIYA MEIN â€“ which needs special mention here. Once again, though a very sad song on the death of a dearest friend (Ramu â€“ 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 humansâ€™ attitude towards animals. If Kishore Kumar had suited so very well for Rajesh Khanna, why then this song was in Mohd. Rafiâ€™s voice ? This was because only Mohd. Rafi could have swung into such emotional tone.
Then there is a pathos song â€“ Main tooti huyi ik naiyya hun mujhe chahe jidhar le jaao â€“ 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 Naushadâ€™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. Rafiâ€™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 â€“ GAYIKI KA SHAHANSHAH.