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Remembering Mohammad Rafi on his Death Anniversary

July 31st, 2012
Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

Remembering Mohammad Rafi on his death anniversary and the challenge of continuing the Rafiana.

The entire world remembers great Mohammad Rafi on his death anniversary, on 31st July, 2012. It has been more than 30 years after his death that he still remains alive in the minds of numerous music lovers all across the world. Read More »


Mohammad Rafi Saab, the golden voice, the very definition and the ultimate, in playback singing…!

July 31st, 2012
Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

Many singers past, present and even future (I can vouch this with certainty) cannot match the singing prowess of Mohammad Rafi Saab, when it comes to playback singing. He is certainly the ultimate to meet the total expectations of the various parameters of playback singing, be it voice, range, feel, depth, nuances, diction, clarity, emotions, mood or what have you!

Many music directors have exploited and taken full advantage of his extremely unreachable heights of his singing qualities and Rafi Saab in turn, has delivered more than what any music director would have expected. Such were his singing abilities and qualities. Read More »


32 songs sung by Great Rafisahab for less famous heroes

July 31st, 2012
Mohd Rafi Sahab

Mohd Rafi Sahab

32 songs sung by Great Rafisahab for less famous heroes on 32nd Death Anniversary. Read More »


The Kaka – Pheeko connection

July 22nd, 2012
Mohd Rafi Sahab and Rakesh Khanna

Mohd Rafi Sahab and Rakesh Khanna

A slim, almost impoverished looking young man, albeit with a twinkle in his eye and a charming smile, wooed his lesser known heroine in a low-budget film. The film would go on to be sent to various film festivals, become known as the first film in which Bhupendra sang a solo, but most people would not remember it as the first film in which the winner of a major talent hunt would be playing the hero.

Jatin Khanna, now rechristened as Rajesh Khanna wooed Chand Usmani, who would later go on to play either sister to heroes in B grade films or maybe the mujre wali in B- grade films. But the song that was chosen for this occasion was hauntingly beautiful.  The hero urges the lady to stay on, by singing “ aur kuchh der thaher aur kuchh der na ja….”. The song was rendered flawlessly. Read More »


Remembering Legendary Mohd Rafi on his 32nd Jayanti

July 21st, 2012
Barsi of Mohd Rafi Sahab

Barsi of Mohd Rafi Sahab

On the eve of Mohd Rafi Saaheb’s 32nd jayanti the month of July will see innumerable Rafi Musicals around the world. The President of Live Musicians Association Ashok Hande based in Mumbai has said that all auditoriums get booked months in advance in July and December for Rafi Saaheb shows. Read More »


Hindi Sahitya Ke Navras aur Rafi Sahab ki Aawaz (in Hindi)

July 8th, 2012
Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

हिंदी    साहित्य   का   कला    के साथ   बहुत   गहरा रिश्ता  है  या यह कहो की दोनों एक   दुसरे के   पूरक हैं .कला   चाहे   जो भी हो ;नृत्य,गायन, अभिनय, लेखन . हिंदी   साहित्य   इनकी आत्मा बन कर   इसमें समाहित   है.  और   हिदी साहित्य    का मूल आधार  है नव रस .

अर्थात  प्रेम-(   संयोग /वियोग)  ,शांत ,रोद्र ,करुण,   भक्ति ,   वीभत्स ,   हास्य, वीर   ,  वात्सल्य   .  हर    कला    इन नवरसों के बीना अधूरी है .मनुष्य  अपनी   भाव अभिव्यक्ति  कला के माध्यम   से करता है  और कला   का स्थान मनुष्य के दिल में है ,आत्मा में   है ,और अपने भावो को व्यक्त करने हेतु उसे   कला का सहारा लेना पड़ता है ,कला   मनुष्य के जीवन    के   साथ साथ  चलती  है  मनुष्य का पूरा वजूद कला के बीना अधुरा  है ,और एक कला ही है   जो मनुष्य को मनुष्य बने रहने के प्रेरणा देती है. Read More »


Mohammad Rafi, the man… the music…

July 8th, 2012
Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

I have wanted to write about this for ages. There is a video of Mohammed Rafi singing O Duniya Ke Rakhwale that I have watched countless number of times and still am not tired of it. In fact I have watched several videos of Rafi singing live, and continue to watch, being a die-hard fan of Rafi. It was a live show on Doordarshan with a complete live orchestra, with Naushad conducting it. It was the most wonderful and enriching 15 minutes of my life. We all know what a lovely, emotion-packed and moving song O Duniya Ke Rakhwale is. And to watch Rafi sing it live is a great experience. Read More »


The legacy of the `Rafi Gharana` – achieving the impossible

July 1st, 2012
Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

It is common to see people excel in certain traits, during certain times and under certain conditions but to see someone excel over nearly 4 decades and beyond is rare and unheard of. This rare feat is achieved by Rafi Sahab in the art of playback singing.  From his first assignment in early 40’s to his last in July 1980, one sees a career that remains unmatched and uncompleted to date. Rafi Sahab is not only a singer but an institution – a gharana that is now called the “Rafi Gharana”.

Legend of legends: It was Mukesh, Mana dey, Hemant Da and  Talat in 50’s – but Rafi Sahab made a permanent mark in that era. It was Mukesh , Mana Dey and Mahendra Kapoor in 60’s but Rafi Sahab became an inspiration for these great legends and it was Kishore and Yesudas in the 70’s but Rafi Sahab kept on surprising us and raising the benchmark of singing. Rafi Sahab proved that he was  the uncrowned king of singing, what come may and such was the impression he made in his so called quiet years that the music charts in August and September of 1980 had him with more songs on the top of the charts compared to all other singers, male and female. 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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