Un-trodden Gems – Some rare melodies by Rafi Saheb
By Ravi Kumar
The depth of ocean, the expanse of the space and the greatness of Rafi Saheb cannot be measured by any means. At the bottom of an ocean many precious pearls remain undiscovered and many a shining star remains obscure due to the immensity of the space. Similarly a number of great songs sung by Rafi Saheb could not be popularized or were underrated due to one or the other cause. But the melody, greatness and appeal of these little known songs is as eternal as the gloss of the undiscovered pearls and the shine of the distant stars, only because they were sung by Rafi Saheb.
These songs do not very frequently find place in the audio cassettes or CD’s released by the music company and if there are any, such cassettes or CD’s are difficult to find in the music stores. Many of such songs are popularly tagged as canceled. So if you are an ardent worshipper of Rafi Saheb it becomes your prime passion to look for such treasure and enrich your collection. Over the years the search for this treasure has kept me on my toes. During this most adventurous hunt I have come across many beautiful and melodies songs which has made this passion a purpose of living. Whenever I listen to these songs I yearn for more and surprisingly there is no dearth of the bounty.
Here I am discussing 10 such great songs, listening to which is an experience worth relishing. On the occasion of Rafi Saheb’s 86th birth anniversary(24th Dec.) this a small present for all Rafi fans.
- Aaj ki raat badi shokh badi natkhat hai– Its a beautiful ghazal composed by legendry Roshan Saab and written by much talented Neeraj from the fim Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal. It is one of the finest example of the use imagery where sensuality is conveyed in a very elegant and subtle way, the music too amazingly traces the nuance of a ghazal and it is Rafi Saheb’s honey drenched vocals that give it the ultimate Midas touch without which it could have been sharbat minus sugar.
- Unhe kissa-e-gham jo likhne ko baithe– A ghazal with no music, composed by mastreo Madan Mohan and written by great Hasrat Jaipuri from the film Naya Kanoon. It is only Rafi Saheb who could add all lyrical rhythm to this ghazal. An elementary lesson for all so called ghazal singers.
- Jane bahar husn tera bemisal hai– A song from Jab Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya , is a Ravi+Shakeel+Rafi Saheb=an awesome equation; remember the same team created immortal chaudhvin ka chand ho. The mukhda of the song of the goes like this: Jane bahar husn tera bemisal hai, vallah kamal hai , arye vallah kamal hai…the variation with which Rafi Saheb renders bemisal and vallah kamal hai, one could just say vallah kamal hai Rafi Saheb aap bemisal hai.
- Mere pehlu mein ake baitho khuda ke waste– Film Rustom-E-Hind , what could be expected from a Dara Singh starer B-grade flick , where a song is picturised on none other than Rupesh Kumar ! But miracles do happen , listen to this song and realize the might of Rafi Saheb. There is a short monologue after each stanza in the voice of Rafi Saheb where a lover tries to appease his beloved , which makes the song mesmerizing. A great innovation by Hansraj Bahal and Qamar Jalalabadi.
- Koi mujhse puchche ke tum mere kya ho– An 8 minute long song has immense variety. It starts with tender couplets, evolves into a beautiful love poetry and ends as an anguish ridden lover’s whining. Only Rafi Saheb has got the guts to portray all these subtle moods so masterfully in a single song. Written by Rajendera Krishan and composed by Ravi , this spellbinding creation from the film Ye Raaste Hain Pyar Ke is a testimony of sheer magic of Rafi Saheb
- Shokhiyan nazar mein hain, mastiyan hain chaal mein– This song is a creation of Rafi Saheb’s extraordinary vocal gimmicks. The song is artistically mischievous and yet sublime, soothing and controlled. The song has got all shokhiyan and mastiyan only because of Rafi Saheb. A rare song combining all deadly Rafi, LaxmiPyare and Anand Bakshi from the film Aasra.
- Meri nigah ne kya kaam lajawab kiya – Beuatiful poetry by Majrooh, soul stiring music by Khayyam and the rest all is Rafi Saheb. An excellent ode to feminine beauty, each line of which has been sung with utmost fondness, delicacy and devotion. Rafi Saheb ‘s one of the finest romantic songs.
- Pyar ki nanhi maina chehke……gudiya si meri ladali– A father singing for his little daughter – you can’t help your eyes welling up each time you listen to this sweet affectionate and tender song. It appears that Rafi Saheb is singing for his own child. The way Rafi Saheb renders gudiya si meri ladali.., it gives you several goose bumps. A blissful song written by Majrooh and composed by LaxmiPayre from the film Waapas.
- Itani badi duniya, jahan itna bada mela, magar main kitna akela–a lonely person separated from his loved ones, feeling nostalgic about his beautiful bygone days and humming somewhere in solitude-in this song Rafi Saheb depicts each such emotion so convincingly that you keep wondering how Rafi Saheb has an amazing talent of getting into the soul of the protagonist, feel deep complex emotions and vocalize them as if he is singing for his own catharsis! A real gem by Chitragupta and Prem Dhawan from the film Pyar Mein Toofan Kahan.
- Leja uski duaayen o, jo tera ho na saka- Do you want to know how did Ranjha wail, weep and bemoan on his separation with his lady love Heer? Then listen to this song and try to experience the agony only which Ranjha and Rafi Saheb might have experienced !(Sorry for not having enough adjectives to describe Rafi Saheb’s greatness)A tear jerking song composed by Anil Biswas and penned by Majrooh from the film Heer.
There are many other songs which require to be discussed at length. If this small effort of mine finds any encouragement I will definitely come with more.