Remembering Legendary Mohd Rafi on his 32nd Jayanti
By Binu Nair
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.
About 12000 musical tributes will be paid to legendary Mohd Rafi saaheb. At Delhi, the tribute shows will be held on July 21, July 28 and on July 31st. Many Union Ministers have sent in request for attending the shows says ardent Mohd Rafi lover Kulwant Singh who is organising the July 31st musical tribute at Sirifort auditorium.
On July 28th, the Escort group led by Mr G.B.Mathur will fly down a group of 45 musicians for the event to be held at the Kamani Auditorium. This will be their 6th event and it will be worth mentioning that all the Delhi shows are on Invitation Basis without a single ticket being sold. The show is backed by the Rajan Nanda Escorts group .
On the day July 31st hundreds of Rafi saaheb lovers will arrive from various parts of the world with flowers to the burial ground at Santa Cruz.
I have done a teerath said a Rafi devotee who arrived from New Jersey last month by visiting Rafi saahebs tomb said Rajeev Nanda. This was my lifes mission. Mr Nanda is not alone. Many who cannot arrive on July 31st enquire about its address from the Rafi Foundation or friends, reach there with flowers and then send a thankyou message for helping them in fulfilling their mission of their life.
Its also a heart wrenching sight to see hundreds of Rafi lovers quietly arriving with flowers, bowing down and leaving for their work.. without a word being spoken or heard. No other singer commands such great altitude of reverance other than Mohd Rafi. Day by day the Rafi aura and his inimitable songs are given a fresh leash of life.
The numerous good deeds during a span of four decades towards musicians, composers, singers and many a commoner – seem to have come back in the form of incomparable love and admiration say many a Rafi devotee and admirers.
For us Rafi Saaheb is ‘Bharat Ka Ratna’, a title very few would disagree.