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A Short film on Rafi Sahab

June 3rd, 2012
A short film on Rafi Sahab

A short film on Rafi Sahab

Rafi Saab lives on, even more than thirty years after his departure for his heavenly abode.

This film, made by Prakash Gowda, a music lover and friend of mine, is a dedication to our idol Mohd Rafi Saab, who continues to inspire so many of us with his songs, the stories that surround his life, and the teachings left behind by him for all of us. Read More »


Meri Prerana, Mere Rafi Sahab – Part 2 (in Hindi)

June 3rd, 2012
Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

१, दिल    से   भुलाने   की   कोशिश    की   बहुत   मगर ,
तब भी   हटी    तेरी   तस्वीर   मेरी   निगाहों   से.

२, काश   ए    यार  !   तेरे   जैसे    यह   जहानवाले  होते ,
तो  यह ज़मीं    जन्नत   से कम    न होती .

३,हमसे   ना उठाया    जाता था   यह जिंदगी   का बोझ   तक,
तुमने    साथ दिया    तो   होंसला    बढ़ा   हमारा. Read More »


The prolific combo of Rafi Sahab and Laxmikant-Pyarelal

May 27th, 2012
Mohd Rafi, Laxmikant, Pyarelal

Mohd Rafi, Laxmikant, Pyarelal

Praising Rafi Saab, Pyarelal ji once said: “What can I say about a man jo tareef se bahut hi oopar hai, and had countless golden qualities? I am only able to feel my deep regard for him, not to express it. Rafi Saab aisi sargam thi jisse koi bhi raag ban saktaa tha. He could sing in any range or octave. If today’s composers are to flower, the Almighty should create nine Rafis more! Can we find even a single song of his that is badly rendered? Of course, he had a major role in our career, and yet I would single out one song to show his greatness as a human being. Laxmi-Pyare have the honor of composing the maximum number of songs for the King of Melody, Rafi Saab. Their total output for Rafi is closely followed by S-J. Together the LP-Rafi combination gave us many treats and amongst Rafi saab’s best ever sung songs are those composed by L-P.  “Tere pyar ne mujhe gham diya” from Chaila Babu (1967) lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri was LP & Rafi saab’s first song together. It was recorded in 1961 but it got released in 1967. After the song was recorded LP gave Rafi saab 1000 rupees as that is what they could afford. Read More »


My Inspiration, My Rafi Sahab (in Hindi)

May 20th, 2012
Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

मेरी जिंदगी में रफ़ी साहब का स्थान बहुत अहम् है. संघर्षों से भरी हुई इस जिंदगी में पल भर का भी ठहराव नहीं होता, हर क़दम पर हर नई समस्या जन्म लेती है, रोज़ नया इम्तेहान, दर्द, टीस, तड़प, संताप, ओह! मतलबी लोगो से भरी हुई इस दुनिया में जहाँ सच्चा और निस्वार्थ प्रेम ढूढने से नहीं मिलता , ऐसी सुखी से बेरंग जिंदगी में रफ़ी साहब बहार बनके आये. ना-ना वोह खुद नहीं आये उनकी मधुर ,रंगभरी ,जादूभरी और जिवंत आवाज़ ऐसी शम्मा बनके आई जिससे मेरी जिंदगी के सारे ग़मों के अँधेरे दूर हो गए. मैंने जब से उनका दामन थामा मेरे परिवार वाले कहते है की मैंने अपना जीवन बर्बाद कर दिया अपना carrier चौपट कर दिया ,इसीलिए वोह हमेशां इस चाहत के विरोधी रहे . नादान है वोह ,! खुद तो किसी को ठीक तरह से राह नहीं देखा सकते ,कोई मुश्किल में हो तो बजाय निकलने के कोसने लगते हैं , सही रास्ता दिखने के बजाय भटका देते है . Read More »


Mohammad Rafi is a blessed singer

May 20th, 2012
Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

Mohammad Rafi was a tremendously blessed singer and truly a good human being (as far as I have seen him in his videos and interviews). I never got my biggest opportunity to meet my most adorable person actually in real life as I don’t live in India nor Pakistan but in Nepal, a country that is close to where he had been coming and going during his lifetime, unfortunately I didn’t got my chance to get near the appraised one, but I have kept him very close to my heart. He has given me a sense of love towards his country and I feel that I too belong to the same group below him and following him, living on his songs and admiring his voice every-time I hear them.

I believe that although everybody can give birth to children, but as a child he was someone who could not be limited to a normal child but blessed from the day of his birth, his internal ability flourished later but as it did his voice was recognized to be one of the greatest that would plough an evergreen tree into the sands of music and give millions a chance to enjoy its fruits for generations to come. Read More »


Rafi Sahab and Pancham, the combination that was adored by all alike classes to masses

May 13th, 2012
Rafi Sahab with RD Burman

Rafi Sahab with RD Burman

When we talk about the combination of Rafi Sahab and R.D. Burman and about their partnership,  some of the finest songs that were composed by RDB trying to resurface on the thin layer of memory instantly  such as – “Tum bin jaoun kahan”, “Ni sultana re pyar ka mausam aya”  “ kitna pyara wada” , “Arrey ho goriyan kahan tera desh re”,  “Chura liya hai tumne jo dilko”, “Yeh ladka hai alla kaisa hai diwana”,  “Hai agar dushman zamana gham nahi”, “Kya hua tera wada”,  “Chand mera dil”, “Pal do pal ka saath hamaara” and Maine poocha chand se. RD Burman started his journey with Chote Nawab in 1962 with the help of the man with the golden voice, Mohammad Rafi.

Major songs in the film was sung by Rafi and RD Burman commanded respect in the musical community of that period, who were still mesmerised with the classical compositions of Naushad, folk songs of SD Burman, western effects of Shankar Jaikishan, OP Nayyar, Salil Chowdhury, Ghazals of Roshan, Madan mohan. RD Burman had other skills like playing the mouth organ, tabla and other related instruments and he showed his skill while playing the mouth organ for Laxmikant Pyarellal in the film Dosti, 1964 where Rafi had galvanised the silver screen with his tragic andaz. Read More »


Madanmohan’s utilization of Mohammad Rafi during Rafi–Lata spat

May 6th, 2012
Mohd Rafi with Madan Mohan

Mohd Rafi with Madan Mohan

It is known to the entire film world that Madanmohan Kohli was very close to both Mohammad Rafi and also Lata Mangeshkar.  When the spat took place between Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar over the issue of royalty, between 1963 to 1967, both of them did not sing any duet songs. Lata contended that singer should receive royalty for their entire life for songs sung in films. Rafi contended that if singers don’t share the losses suffered by the film industry, they should not also share the profits.

Composers in bollywood industry had to decide either to choose Rafi or Lata in respect of duet songs. It was a very difficult decision. Ghazal Ka Shezada Madanmohan Kohli handled the situation in his own royal style. He concentrated more of the solo songs where he could devote them to both Rafisahab and Lataji. In respect of duet songs, where the song required the treatment of female singer he asked Manna Dey or Talat Mehmood to sing the duet with Lata. When the song required the treatment of male singer he asked Suman Kalyanpur or Asha Bhosle to sing with Mohammad Rafi. Read More »


Rafi Sahab the super star of all stars: when Amitabh Bachan lost his sleep and the script of Abhiman fell on its knees

April 29th, 2012
Anand Bakshi with Laxmikant, Amitabh and Rafi sahab during the recording

Anand Bakshi with Laxmikant, Amitabh and Rafi sahab during the recording

Rafi sahab is probably the only singer whose voice would suit all actors and stars irrespective of the decade and their age. Even though Raaj kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Amitabh Bachan and Rajesh Khanna were considered synonymous with Mukesh, Mahendra and Kishore , the songs Rafi Sahab has sung for them  occupy a special place in the careers of these actors and HFM in general.  For example who can forget eternal melodies like  “baazi kisene Pyar ki sung for RK in film Nazarana”, “ Bhari Duniya mein Akhir Dil” sung for Manoj Kumar in Do Badan and “Teri Bindiya Re” sung for AB in Abhiman. There are many more such beauties that Rafisahab has sung for these stars.  Needless to say all these  stars had and have the greatest love, respect and admiration for Rafi Sahab. Read More »


I would also wish to make a request to all Rafians out there, If you find any news or articles on Rafi Saab, or want to publish your own, please email them to me. I would like to thank Mr. Ashish Bhushan, Ms. Nalini Ramji, Mr. Yoosuf, Mr. Aamir Raza, Ms. Nayak & Mr. Sajjad Qadir for all the help rendered.

We received an email from Mr. Raashid Rafi, Mohd Rafi's grandson.

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