Rafi Foundation: Spreading The Maestro’s Sweet Music
This article is by Mr. Binu Nair
MUSIC, Melody and Mohd Rafi begs to be said in the same breath say ardent Mohd Rafi fans who have formed the Rafi Foundation – a platform to bring Rafi lovers of the world together and take forward the unparalled singers ‘great works of art’ to the next generation of music lovers. Mr.Binu Nair, an NRI from Dubai formed the Rafi Foundation a year ago and within a year the unit has spread to many states in India and to cities like New York, London and the Gulf states.
The melody and music that Mohd.Rafi created, crafted and pioneered during the forty years of his career has stood the test of time and his mellifluous vocals rises like a glorious tide caressing the soul with songs for every mood and for every occassion – making music itself proud, says Mr.Nair who holds a musical event by the name Saturday Night RAFI Fever every second saturday of the month at Sion Koliwada, where Rafi lovers and Rafi centric singers, sing their hearts out .
Nostalgic Melodies such as ‘Caravan gujar gayi’, Tujhe kya sunaao mere dilruba, Tera Kaam hai jalna parwane, Mujhe tumse mohabbat hai and many other soulful numbers from the golden era of hindi film music can be heard on the day and u will spot ace leg spinner Padmakar Shivalkar singing hands folded looking up at and singing Oh Duniya ke Rakhwale , the Rafi classic and Mr.Ramakant Achrekar Sir, Sachin Tendulkars coach listening in rapt attention along with music lovers the classics made immortal by indian music giants.
The legends of the Music industry are honoured and their works and association with Mohd Rafi also discussed. Rafi Foundation also brings out a Music Magazine by the name Sargam on Dec 24 Rafi’s birth day and also on July 31 the singers death anniversary. On May 10th, at Naushad Hall the third part of Saturday Night Rafi Fever will be held and Rafi lovers can enjoy yet another musical evening in Sion Koliwada.