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The Launch of Sargam Magazine

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The Launch of Sargam MagazineMr. Nanji Bahadur veteran musician of the hindi film industry and colleagues to legendary K.L.Saighal, Mohd Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar cut the inaugural ribbons of SARGAM magazine brought out by Mohd Rafi lovers in Mumbai on Oct.2nd.

A musical extravaganza of ‘evergreen’ Mohd Rafi numbers followed the Sargam launch programme.

Songstress Mubarak Begum the guest of the evening applauded the SARGAM team in bringing out a ‘Rafi Special’ issue in her address and rendered two of her popular classics : ‘Mujhko apne galle lagalo’ and ‘Kabhi tanhaiyon mein, hamari yaad aayegi’ to the sounds of encore from her fans.

Sargam Launch Event

It was Gandhi Jayanti day (Oct.2nd) and it was fitting that Dr.Ashok Khare the singer extraordinaire from Mumbai who has been giving Rafi tribute programmes every July 31st for the last twenty-seven years also pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. He rendered the evergreen number : ‘Suno Suno ai duniya waalon bapuji ki amar kahani’ – taking the audiences to the events which unfolded on January 30 , 1948. It was a soulful rendering and one could see emotions running high all-around. Dr.Khare then shifted gears and went on to render another fitting beauty ‘Bura mat suno, bura mat dekho, bura mat kaho’ to a round of applause.

It’s customary for singer A.Narayan to start with the mukhdas of three Rafi immortals in his stage shows. He started with ‘Jaane waale kabhi nahin aate, jaane waalon ki yaad aati hai’, ‘Tum mujhe yoon bhula na paaoge’ and ‘Badi door se aayen hein pyaar ka tohfa laayen hein’. ‘Chaahunga mai tuzhe saanj savere’ too was taken up on audience request.

Sargam Launch Event

After the tributes, the audience was expecting some lilting numbers and in stepped Fahad the youthful singer from Calicut now regaling music lovers with Rafi classics in various cities. ‘Dil ka bhanwar kare pukar’ was the entry number chosen and no sooner than the mukhda started, one could hear rhythmic clappings in the hall. In the antaras the audience had joined “in” loving every word of the rendition. An encore was requested and Fahad didn’t disappoint. More numbers such as : Shirdi waale sai baba, Donon ne kiya pyaar magar from Mahua and Koi jab raah na paaye from Dosti followed. Fahad won many hearts for his superb renderings.

How can The Rafi Foundation supported program ‘not’ take the best hindi number of the last 60 years? In came Dr.Khare once again with his remarkable rendition of “Mana re tu kaahe na dheer dhare”, “Chaundvin ka chaand ho” and the Naushad duet : “Do sitaron ka zameen par hai Milan aaj ki raat” to a generously applauding audience.

Sargam Magazine Preview
Sargam Magazine Preview

Mohd. Hanif ( the Rafi of South India ) specially flew down from Mangalore and he belted two great numbers: ‘Gulaabi aankhen jo teri dekhi’ and ‘Taarif karun kya usaki, jisne tumhe banaya’ to the sounds of ‘encore’ once again..

Now, it was Aparna’s turn to sing a duet : ‘Isharon isharon mein dil dene waale’ with Fahad.

Sargam Magazine Preview
Sargam Magazine Preview

It was nearing 12.20 p.m. and time was running out; a few mukhdas and antaras of evergreen songs followed before the ‘compere’ of the evening Ronnie Pinto called curtains and promised a longer show for the benefit of music lovers.

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17 Blog Comments to “The Launch of Sargam Magazine”

  1. A S MURTY says:

    Ref post 15 by Mrs. f.rafi ji. thank you very much for your encouraging words and we feel it our honour with your active involvement and eagerness to attend programmes related to tributes to rafi sahab. this alone should bring out all the organisors of various programmes on rafi sahab to do one more as early as possible – even if just to see close members of family of rafi sahab. i appeal to event managers, programme organisors in various cities to work closely with one another so that various programmes within a span of say a week are organised at different centres which can be attended by the family members of our beloved rafi sahab. Madam, these words from you are a source of strength to all of us and our vigour knows no bounds from now onwards. thanks once again.

  2. binus2000 says:

    M/s Rafi:

    Glad to hear from u and thanks for the best wishes for Sargam &
    The Rafi Foundation.
    We have our tribute shows in many centres in India. On Dec. 9 and
    Dec.16 there is a tribute musical to Rafi Saab in Mumbai.
    U and your family members are always invited for these Musicals.
    Please write to me with your addres for the Sargam Magazine
    delivery and please send in few words to us – often. cell 09833250 701. Mumbai…

    Binu Nair //// the rafi foundation //// sargam sa re ga ma….

  3. F. Rafi says:

    My heartiest congratulations on the success of sargam magazine. I was a great fan of Rafi Saheb before i was married to his third son Hamid Rafi, who passed away in 1995.
    My three sons and I have been living in London for the past thirty years.
    I have a request if you ever do any tribute shows related to Rafi Saheb, then please keep me informed as it would be a great pleasure and oppertunity for me aswell as my sons to join the celebration.
    If I could be of any help or support the foundation in any way, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Thank you,

    Mrs. F. Rafi

  4. binus2000 says:

    Yusuf ji/Maithil and Sargam Well wishers:

    Thanks for the Sargam Magazine feed-back.
    Yes, Rafi saabs brother stays in Lahore. He also sings at select
    shows out of a passion. During the eventful years he visited
    Mumbai on various occassions. He used to work in the u.a.e.
    and now leading a retired life.

    Maithil: U can get the copy of Sargam, couriered to your address.
    Please send me the address and the subscription.
    binu nair…
    e.mail: cell: 09833 250 701////

  5. Binuji

    Now i sent some photos to u for sargam book purpose. You can use it publish it & when the next issue will come.

  6. Maithil says:

    I am so excited to read this. How can I get this magazine in US? I looked but could not find a direct Web Site. Also, where can I find these albums?

  7. ashis says:

    excellent info and initiative…congrats!!!!

  8. yusuf says:

    Its a great effort….spread the magic of Rafi saab!
    Binus sahab! does Rafi’s elder brother still lives in Lahore? Do you know more about him? like his address?

  9. Saifullah says:

    Dear Rafians,
    I just received my copy of Sargam and let me tell you, it has been a very good job done to get this magazine out. I had been in conversation with Binu on a couple of occassions before the release of the magazine and I know how much pains he and his colleagues have gone through to get this project going.
    It is a fantastic start and the momentum have to be kept up, we need to keep the Rafi ‘fever’ on. The younger generation needs to be ‘educated’ on the amazing range the greatest singer of India had and we also have to put our hands together to get him honoured with a ‘Bharat Ratna’.
    Congragulation, Binu and team!!
    Well done!!

  10. Binuji,

    Superb book given by you to us. thanks to you. I have read articles on him in this book which i never read any newspapers/magazines. This book & the website brought the members together. Nice to see all this things. For the last 25 yrs I was hearing the songs sung by rafisahab, but my dream came true in this way. I have lot of articles to be shared. waiting for the opportunity.

  11. A S MURTY says:

    I enjoyed and learnt newer things after reading the articles by Raju korti and Sanjeev kohli. Keep posting such items in future too from people who have wider knowledge on the life and times of rafi sahab. I also request other well-informed rafians like s/shri h v gurumurthy ji, b venkatadri ji, souvik chatterjee etc to also send your articles to the magazine as this will enhance the reading material.

  12. Narayanan says:

    Dear Rafians,
    The Sargam magazine is truly a collectors item and everyone Rafians n music lovers should read it because of the quality of the articles.
    Great job Binu u n ur team has fulfilled the dream of all Rafi saab lovers

  13. Pradeep S. Kumar says:

    After waiting patiently for several days – I finally got my copy of SARGAM Magazine a few days back. It is a collectors items for sure. Mr. Binu Nair has done a brilliant job of editing and compiling several great articles of Rafi Saab in one condensed well laid-out magazine. Congrats to everyone who contributed – Sajdah, Dr. Khare, Sanjeev Kohli (very heartfelt and emotional article by Sri. Madan Mohan’s son. Mr. Kohli mentioning that he was there during the recording of Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil.. and Teri Aankhon Ke Siva Duniya Mein… is enough to send shivers down one’s spine), Raju Korti, Rajiv Vijayakar, A.S. Murthy, Boman Baruah, P. Haldar, Ruhi Khan and many others is testimony enough to the quality of the magazine. Please keep up the great work. If Rafi Saab was still with us, he would be very proud of the genuine love and affection that is bestowed upon him daily by his numerous fans,, Rafi Foundation and Sargam Magazine. Kindly continue this way and great things can be achieved not too far from now.

  14. binus2000 says:

    The Rafi Foundation and sargam sa re ga ma programmes will
    always remain ‘ incomplete ‘ without the assistance of rafi lovers
    active participation. Its all about teamwork.

    belatedly, however i thank shirish kulkarni, bharat dave,
    nari ahuja, narayan (bangalore), staff members of asterik
    communications, dr.ashok khare, kaushik kothari, fahad,
    dr.ram katara, anmol singh, deepak and all rafi lovers associated
    with the sargam magazine launch.

    thankyou very much once again..

    binu nair.

  15. unknow1 says:

    great job u people are doing I think this is bigger award for Mohd Rafi than Award had Lata Ji as bharat award…………..that a gift of God to mohd Rafi after 27 years ago still we miss him some of us lees than 27 years old but the magic Mohd Rafi is there

  16. A S MURTY says:

    Great show on the 2nd October 2007 what with the day being the birth anniversary of the Father of our Nation and also now the launch day of SARGAM magazine. Great piece of work by Mr. Binu Nair, Mr Shrish Kulkarni, and all others whom I do not know personally but who have contributed to the success of not only the publication of Sargam but also to its launch. The accompanying photographs are also crystal clear and are a tribute to watch. Keep up the good work Sargam magazine and Rafi Foundation. We once again reiterate our support in all manner. All the best for the programme on the occasion of 88th Birthday of Majrooh
    Sultanpuri for which I had received SMS too.

  17. binus2000 says:

    thankyou shammi kapoor saab and rafi lovers
    spreading the ‘sweet nectar’ and the ‘magic’ of rafi saabs works.
    for me it’s a labour of love.
    For the sargam magazine and the rafi foundation details – please
    write to me at or call at + 9833 250 701.

    Iam also inviting rafi lovers for a evening of songs of Majrooh/rafi
    as part of majrooh’s birthday rememberance.
    The singers are Ashok Khare, Kakaji j.p. , vohra saab, menon,
    prarthana and the programme is on Monday : 29th at aasivasan
    hall , next to sndt college, juhu , santacruz from 7.00 p.m. Mumbai.
    onwards. family members of naushad saab and majrooh saab will
    grace the occassion along with noted lovable poet shri yogesh saab
    a rafi saab lover.
    the event is supported the ‘rafi foundation and sargam sa re ga ma….

    Please treat this as an invitation to all rafi lovers. admissions is free..
    binu nair.
    rsvp +9833 250 701

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