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A love ode to Mohammad Rafi

Source: Binu Nair

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Mohammad Rafi songs are for all seasons. And to keep it alive, a few fans have formed the Rafi Foundation. Trust in IC Colony, Borivali. The pilot of the project is Binu Nair, an ex-NRI, who now devotes his time to run the trust. On December 7, a full house of music lovers were treated to some exquisite Rafi tracks at the Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium under the title Romantic Rafi.

The event will be held on Saturday, February 15, as well with great singers from the city.

A visit to Rafi’s final resting place at Santa Cruz on July 31, his death anniversary, spurred Nair to form this trust. “Music, melody and Mohammad Rafi beg to be said in the same breath. Apart from the legion of Rafi lovers, I wanted the younger generation to hear the golden era songs,” says Nair.

Rafi Foundation Trust will donate wheel chairs to the physically challenged through the Fellowship of Physically Handicapped at Haji Ali.


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16 Blog Comments to “A love ode to Mohammad Rafi”

  1. Basheer says:

    Don Bradman played less cricket than Sachin Tendukar. But cricket world considers Don as the Greatest. Rafi saheb’s demise was too early in the younger age. Why don’t the govt of India award Dada Saheb Phalke and Bharat Ratna awards posthumously to this Legend. It is terrible digrace to this Great Nation.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don Bradman played less cricket than Sachin Tendukar. But cricket world considers Don as the Greatest. Rafi saheb’s demise was too early in the younger age. Why don’t the govt of India award Dada Saheb Phalke and Bharat Ratna awards posthumously to this Legend. It is terrible digrace to this Great Nation.

  3. sunil says:

    Dear Sir,

    I dont have words for Great Rafi Sahab, whenever i sit to sing Mana Tarpat i feel it very Tough several times i performed, but whenever i listen Rafi Sahab singing i sing with him which makes me very comfort & easy, a great singer god gifted voice, i could not touch even to his feet also, whenever i listen his song my eyes fill with Tears & it flows, if i am alone listening his song i become very Touchy, i dont know this is his spiritual voice.

  4. shammi says:

    Yes Binuji, who can believe that it’s been 34 years since the great man’s death and yet not a day goes by when I don’t hear his songs and yet they sound so fresh. If I’m listening to the radio I am oblivious to nearly all the songs playing in the background by other artists until that is a song of Mohd Rafi is played and then all of a sudden no matter what I’m doing it gets my full attention.

    Mohd Rafi has played such a big part in my life, he’s the one person I know I can turn to in my troubled times as there is absolutely no one who can lift your mood like a Mohd Rafi song can. His songs have been very therapeutic to me and continue to be so, and that beautiful soothing voice can not ever be matched.

    For me this legend of all legends is second only to god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Binu Nair says:

    Its July once again after Rafi Saaheb left us on July 31st a Thursday and during Ramzan….

    It was at Night 10,38 pm, Shahid Rafi only surviving Son told me. The world was retiring that terrible July 31st Night Thursday , 1980 when a Massive Stroke put to sleep Tansen Mohammad Rafi Saaheb – ForEver Shociking Not Only His Legion of Fans But Ordinary People as well – around the globe.

    An Earthquake of a Biger Magnitude would Have Matched the Colossul Loss of One Person – The Tansen of Our Times – Many would agree.

    After 34 Long Years, the wound of Rafi Loss Refuses to Heal dear Rafi saaheb Lovers – for many including yours truly…

    What a life our Hero lived.

    Never again .

    Our Shradanjali to the Emperor of singing Rafi Saaheb – this July 31st once again.

  6. Binu Nair says:

    The third Book On Tansen Rafi Saaheb is Titled :

    “Woh Jab Yaad Aaye ”

    By Direndra Jain….

    Will be released at Juhu Mosque, Opp Santa Cruz Police Station at

    12.00 pm.

    Kindly Share.

    Rafi Foundation Trust.

    Cell : 9833 250 701

  7. Binu Nair says:







    PLS WRITE TO : or meet us at face book rafifoundation Page..


    binu nair from Mumbai.

  8. S nohd basheer says:

    His only guilty was (not his guilty) born in Iindia among the fanatics.

  9. r l arora says:

    Till such time,Sun,Moon,Eearth and Sky exist in the universe Rafi Saab would be remembered for all times to come. The best singer, truly a noble soul, soft-spoken,kind-hearted and thorouly a gentleman, dont come to this world every now and then.

    I wish he should have been with us in the human appearance. I had the opportunity of seeing him and listening his unparallel voice in his live-programme in Delhi.

    I salute to him all the time till my life ends because I dont have appropriate words to express his highness.

    R L Arora

  10. K P Hassan says:

    A real tribute to the great singer of our country. Everybody know that RAFI sahab was a very gentle and humble person. During his life he cared about poor and needy. He had helped many poor families financially for their livelihood. Now it is very great pleasure to note that fans of RAFI sahab have recently established a TRUST in his name to continue these welfare activities for the benefit of needy.
    Wish you all the best.

  11. Onika Setia says:

    shammi ji ! aapne bahut sunder definition di hai ragfi sahab ke naam ki .

  12. Ahamed Kutty says:

    Dear Binuji,
    Nice article.congrats.

    The following hurting me too much always.I had been to
    Rafi Saab’s Rest Place in 1985.At that time there was a
    Marble partition for the grave.In recent photos that Marble
    Partition is not there.About this recently I have talked with
    Shahid Rafi Saab and Miraaj Ahmed Saab (Son-In-Law) of
    Rafi Saab.To keep the Divine Grave we should do our
    level best.The Fans from Mumbai can do this with the State
    Government.If anything happened for The Grave it
    will be a big mistake we are doing against the The Great
    Son of India and the future generation will not forgive us.

  13. u.k.achan says:

    It is really heartening to know about the trust;we owe to the next generation ,so that they don’t loose this immeasurable treasure.I am indeed thankful to providence that my life on earth coincided at least in part with reign of the supreme gana ghandarva of music of this universe;it is indeed difficult to imagine any other human being having such elaborate skill.

  14. SHAMMI ACHARYA says:


  15. C K VASUDEVAN says:


    Kudos to the Trust! I fully agree that the younger generation should know about the maestro in particular and about the Golden Era of Music in general when his Songs and the Music took us all to a surreal world of its own!

    I am a semi-retired Financial Consultant from Goregaon West

    I am a singer of Rafi melodies myself and have given several Karaoke performances too whenever I get the audience who enjoy these melodies around anytime!

    I would like to be a part of this Association and my mail ID is (Mobile 9819120622) to be a part of some yeomen service through entertainment!

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