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Remembering Mohammad Rafi on his death anniversary

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The listeners of music all over the world remember the all-time great singer Mohammad Rafi on 31st July, 2013. The noble soul had left his admirers 33 years ago. Yet he is alive in numerous everlasting hit songs which are heard and cherished for generations. Read the rest of this entry »

Mohammad Rafi and Joy Mukherjee combination had only gave everlasting hits

Sunday, March 31st, 2013
Joy Mukherjee and Mohd Rafi

Joy Mukherjee and Mohd Rafi

There were many bollywood actors who acted in more than 200 films out of which 40 to 50 films were musical in nature. In case of Joy Mukherjee out of his 38 films in a career spreading over 15 years, almost all the films were musical and his everlasting combination with Mohammad Rafi only produced gems after gems. Read the rest of this entry »

Rafi’s brilliant combination with Jeetender in the 1960s

Sunday, March 10th, 2013
Mohd Rafi with Jeetendra

Mohd Rafi with Jeetendra

Jeetender started his career in the early 1960s with the patronage of eminent director V. Shantaram. He was launched as hero opposite Rajashri in the film Geet Gaya Pattharone in 1964. At that time Jeetender had to face the competition from the rulers of bollywood films like Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Rajender Kumar and others. Probably Jeetender spend his toughest time of the career to cement his place between 1964 to 1970, when viewers starting recognizing Jeetender and appreciating his acting and dancing skills. Read the rest of this entry »

Use of Mohammad Rafi by SD Burman in realistic films

Sunday, January 20th, 2013
Mohd Rafi with S.D.Burman

Mohd Rafi with S.D.Burman

Sachin Dev Burman as a composer had a liking for folk tunes and the softness of sounds of nature was captured in his compositions. Whenever his compositions were studied in the commercial films there was limitation relating to the immense musical talent because there were preferences of the producers, actors and other groups of people.

But when it came to realistic films, probably SD Burman’s best tunes were created. Mohammad Rafi as a singer had the greatest range and modulation in respect of singing. So SD Burman’s songs in realistic films with Mohammad Rafi created magic. Read the rest of this entry »

Use of Mohammad Rafi by Shankar Jaikishan during Rafi Lata spat

Sunday, November 11th, 2012
Lata Mangeshkar and Rafi Sahab

Lata Mangeshkar and Rafi Sahab

Shankar Jaikishan were the musical duo who ruled bollywood films between the 1950s and 1960s. During 1963, a spat occurred between Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar over royalty. 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. Read the rest of this entry »

The combination of Mohammad Rafi, Laxmikant Pyarellal and Dharmender stormed bollywood films of 60s and 70s

Friday, October 26th, 2012
Mohd Rafi and Dharamendra

Mohd Rafi and Dharamendra

The combination of Mohammad Rafi, Laxmikant Pyarellal and Dharmender stormed bollywood films of 1960s and 1970s. When LP emerged in the musical arena with Parasmani and Dosti, bollywood music was being dominated by Shankar Jaikishan, Naushad Ali, Roshanlal Nagrath, OP Nayyar, Madanmohan Kohli and other big composers who created history. The stars of the golden age were associated with the big composers, for example Raj Kapoor was associated with Shankar Jaikishan, Dilip Kumar with Naushad Ali, to name a few. So Laxmikant Pyarellal required an upcoming star with whom they could create partnership. Dharmender was one of those stars. Read the rest of this entry »

Barsaat Ki Raat exposed Mohammad Rafi’s versatility

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

The film Barsaat Ki Raat released in 1960 was a milestone in music in bollywood films. It was directed by PL Santoshi. The music was composed by Roshan Lal Nagrath. Lyrics were written by Sahir Ludhianvi. The film exposed the versatility of Mohammad Rafi, who took the songs to a higher dimension than what they deserved.

Rafi had to face the capability of orthodox qawalli singers like SD Batish, Bande Hasan and Balbeer. Manna Dey was there and he always earned reputation of singing brilliant qawallis throughout his career. The female singers used included Suman Kalyanpur, Sudha Malhotra, Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar and Kamol Barot. Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering Mohammad Rafi on his Death Anniversary

Tuesday, 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 the rest of this entry »



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