‘An Ode of Love’ to Mellifluous Mohd. Rafi
By Sunil Bhatt
Mohd Rafi Songs are for all Seasons and Rafi lovers formed the Rafi Foundation Trust in I.C.Colony, Borivli.
The pilot of the project is Binu Nair Ex-NRI who now devotes his time for his passion – love of Rafi Saaheb and Golden Era Songs. On Dec.7th, a full house of music lovers were treated to some
exquisite romantic Rafi gems at the Probodhan Auditorium under the title : “Romantic Rafi”
It will be repeated again at the same venue on Sat.Feb 15th with some great Rafi styled singers from the city.
Universally loved mellifluous singer Mohammad Rafi left us some 33 years back but his songs remain fresh as ever – even today.
A visit to Rafi’s final resting place at Santa Cruz on July 31st his death anniversary spurred BINU NAIR a NRI, music buff and I.C. Colony resident to form a platform for Mohd Rafi Lovers called The Rafi Foundation.
“Music, Melody and Mohd Rafi beg to be said in the same breath. Apart from the legion of Rafi lovers, I wanted the younger generation of music lovers to hear golden era songs – hence
I decided to form the Rafi Foundation , ” said founder – Mr Binu Nair.
The foundation has spread to many cities last seven years and has presented their popular musical : “An Ode to Unsung Composers” and “Romantic Rafi” to discerning music lovers at many venues.
“Nowadays, every week there is a Rafi musical in the city . This was not the case before as concerts were held on Dec . 24th & July 31st – Mohd Rafi’s birth and death anniversaries”, said Mr.Nair.
The biggest award ever given to Rafisaaheb is perhaps the place he has found in the hearts of music lovers across the world. Though the prestigeous Bharat Ratna Award has eluded the singer, for Rafi die-hard fans like Mr Nair, he is Bharat Ka Ratna.
Our aim is to bring rare melodies to the fore, support aspiring singers, honour lyricists and composers of the film industry.
Golden Era music is truly back…
Catch up Romantic Rafi – Part VII at Borivli’s Probodhan Auditorium