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Concert revives magic of Rafi

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MUSIC group Doha Waves on Thursday evening staged its annual concert in memory of Indian singer Mohamed Rafi. The concert, hosted in association with the Indian Community Benevolent Fund (ICBF) at the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) was the group’s 11th annual tribute to the late music legend.

Singers led by Mohamed Thoyyib entertained the gathering with melodious numbers of Rafi, who died 26 years ago. Thoyyib began the concert with Badi door se ayenge, one of Rafi’s most popular numbers. Duniya ke rakhwale was another classic that received prolonged applause. Saleem Pavaratty was equally successful with a number of songs, including Tere mere sapne.

Mohd Rafi Mohd Rafi Rajeev Saxena, Abul Khair, Parvati and Sinha, Arunima Behra, Priyanka Dodia, Aishwarya Murali and Nadeer Abdul Salam were the other singers who performed at the three-hour concert, which featured about 30 songs.The orchestra consisted of Latheef (keyboard), Shaamil (supporting keyboard), Rajesh and Bawa (tabla), Mahesh (lead guitar), Hassan (bass guitar), Haneef (rhythm pad) and Khader (jazz).

Introducing the performers earlier, Thoyyib said the group had plans to host concerts in memory of other great Indian singers like Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Hemant Kumar and Kundan Lal Saigal in the coming months. Welcoming the gathering, chief patron of Doha Waves and ICC president Hassan Chougule complimented the group for keeping the memory of a great singer alive for the last 11 years since its formation. In his address, ICBF president Nilangshu Dey commended the group for its decision to use proceeds from the concert for the welfare of the needy in the community. Indian embassy official Surinder K Arora too lauded the gesture.

Doha Bank was the main sponsor of the event and its Deputy CEO Seetharaman was the chief guest. Indian airline was the associate sponsor.

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2 Blog Comments to “Concert revives magic of Rafi”

  1. mparth says:

    Hello everyone..

    I am new to this site: so please excuse me if this is not the right place to post. I, like everyone else on this site, am a great fan of Rafi-saab. He is arguably the greatest playback singer of our times.. his voice, his range, his versatality, his modulation,… are beyond compare..

    Chhoti mooh, badi baat.. my voice happens to resemble his to a slight extent. I have attempted to do my renditions of some of his songs. There are a lot of learned fans and enthusiasts here.. I would be humbled if some of you took the time to listen and give me feedback, if you please.. log into and click on Music and search for aap ke haseen rukh.. if you move your mouse over, select the one that says Partha Mallikarjun, NJ. Hopefully, you will find them worth your while!

    Thank you .

  2. Anmol Singh says:

    Indeed Rafi Saab is unforgetable.

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