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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 »


Tribute to Mohammed Rafi

June 24th, 2012
Kamarajar Arangam Show at Chennai on 19th May 2012

Kamarajar Arangam Show at Chennai on 19th May 2012

Abbas Culturals organised a show at the Kamaraj Arangam last evening, a tribute to Mohammad Rafi. Orchestra was by UK Murali. The immortal songs of Rafi were sung by Anil Bajpai, a talented singer of Rafi songs, who had been specially invited from Mumbai for this purpose. The guest singer for the evening was Chandan, from Chennai.  There were also three female singers who gave duet support and also delivered a couple of solos. A very big show, very well –attended and professionally conducted. Kamarajar Arangam is a huge auditorium, and quite the right place for such cultural shows. Read More »


Celebration of Love, à la Mohammed Rafi

June 17th, 2012
Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

You could never forget me
Yes, you could never forget me
Whenever you listen to my song
You will always hum along.
– Hasrat Jaipuri

There does not seem to be a four-letter word that is dearer to the human heart than love. It is the most potent force that inspires us to action. Lanka was set ablaze for it and the Taj Mahal was built for it. That is why it resonates most from the pens of great poets to the pages of great books. Although it is often confused with lust, true love is not about sensual feelings, as the celluloid diva Mumtaz teaches her screen partner Sanjay Khan in the movie Upasana. Read More »


Mohammad Rafi and the songs based on Classical Raagas

June 10th, 2012
Mohd Rafi and Naushad Ali

Mohd Rafi and Naushad Ali

Although Mohammad Rafi could sing any type of song, my choice of his best songs are classical based; and though he has sung more hit classical based songs for a few composers like Naushad, Shankar-Jaikishan, S.D. Burman.  He was the favorite of all illustrious MDs of his time such as Naushad, Shankar-Jaikishan, S D Burman, C Ramchandra, Madan Mohan, O P Nayyar, Roshan and later R D Burman, Kalyanji –Anandji and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. In the film ‘Ragini’ O P Nayyar even used Rafi to playback for Kishore Kumar for the song ‘Man mora Bawara’ which was classical based. Naushad used to compose very tough classical based songs which none other than Rafi could sing. Read More »


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 »


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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