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Sonu Niigaam’s Britain concerts – a tribute to Rafi

This news article is written By Venkata Vemuri for IANS

Popular Indian playback singer Sonu Niigaam has tied up with a Birmingham-based musical company for a three-concert tour of Britain in memory of legendary singer Mohammad Rafi. The singer and the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) will stage three shows on their joint project “Rafi Resurrected” – a tribute album to Rafi, who gave innumerable Bollywood hit songs in the 1950s-80s. Read more at Hamara Photos

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  1. Reiaz says:

    I love you Mohammed Rafi,because you are the best I wiil always
    remember you.

  2. Raajkumar Akela says:

    My dear friends !
    Today is 31st July…an inauspicious day for all the music lovers.
    Today, in 1980, we lost our beloved singer Padmashree Mohammad
    Rafi Sahab. He was not less than an angel.
    Let us remember him on this day and pray for his divine soul !
    May God bless his soul eternal peace in the heaven !!!
    -Raajkumar Akela

    ज़मी से फलक तक सभी आँख नम है
    सभी के दिलों मे बसा एक गम है
    कहाँ खो गया वो सुरों का सिकंदर
    बिना जिसके संगीत का सूर एक कम है

    -राजकुमार “अकेला”

  3. SHABIR says:

    salaam rizwan rafi can you please tell me if you have the bradford concert show please am from that area and i have been looking for it along time now but i do no some 1 who has it but keeps telling me he will give after when he gets the chance 2 find it and that has been 2 years now

  4. kaleem sheikh says:

    i saw the sonu nigham concert- unfortunately it did not feature tabla or rhythm in the concert. This was a huge mistake.

  5. unknow says:

    Dear Rizwan Rafi ,
    As u said “I am sure fans will be pleased to know the London concert was filmed and will be televised in August on Sony TV” sir you are wrong becaue I stop to see Song TV after they doing K for Kishore and same I did when Zee Tv gave Yoodlee programs but they stop.
    KK is great singer I agree but ……..

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  7. Binu Nair says:

    rizwan ji : welcome onboard to this section. u know what, one in every five individual is a music lover and out of this most are rafi saaheb lovers.
    we are music lovers first and mohd rafi saaheb is our first choice among the singers.
    and for human qualities , this farishta – our role model in real life – outshines not only singers but also many many men and women.
    and that’s why ordinary men and women even today love mohd rafi saaheb. i have experienced and seen this – in everyday life.

    binu nair, mumbai.

  8. Anil Cherian says:

    Mr. Rizwan Rafi:
    Nice to see a note from Rafisahab’s grand son here. You know what, your Dada’s fan-following is increasing day by day, even after 28 years of his departure from this world.

  9. Rizwan Rafi says:

    I had the pleasuer of attending all three of the concerts in Birmingham, Manchester and London, they were nights of mixed emotions and a time to reminisce on the memory of my grandfather for me, especily when every one observed a minute’s silence in memory of dada’s 28th death anniversary.
    It was great to see so many loving fans all the shows still keeping my dada’s memory alive. The shows were a great collaboration of two cultures and two styles of music.
    I am sure fans will be pleased to know the London concert was filmed and will be televised in August on Sony TV.

    Best Wishes to all

    Rizwan Rafi x

  10. Ahmed baluch says:

    some one can send me contact of sonu nigham example,email address if u have help me so send me in this id ….thankssss and i say thanks a lot to work on mohd rafi shab website ……. go on workingg thanksss,,,…..

  11. Binu Nair says:

    Post 7 & 9….

    good observation, now let’s wait for the c.d. to be released. then we all can judge the effects of the sounds. it’s very commendable that c.b.s.o. did a challenging job and rightly took the vocals of rafi saaheb for experimentation.

    once we here the released cd’s, we can put up the case of our traditional musical instruments like dholak or tabla. even the cbso and the brits will learn some new techniques and change. anyway, we are the winners – either way since the divine rafi magic is reaching and spreading over many geographical boundaries . some of the songs are as old as forty and fifty years and this calls for real celebration since very few singers can match rafi’s popularity.

    binu nair, mumbai – rafi foundation,, cell : 9833 250 701

  12. kaleem sheikh says:

    yes i went to Sonu`s concert today.
    the sad thing was that there was no rhythm section-no tabla, or dholak.
    Just strings!

  13. Binu Nair says:

    July 31st is fast approaching and the rafi foundation is supporting two rafi tribute musicals on july 31.

    the first one is at kalidas hll, mulund from 8.00 p.m. onwards. mr.arvind for details at : cell : 932 3650 370
    the second show is at ISKON juhu : from 8.00 p.m, contact mr.shirish kulkarni at : 982 0452 562.

    binu nair….rafi foundation……

  14. shrikant says:

    I attended the concert on Tues 15th July at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, home to the CBSO and have to say that it was a great treat! The CBSO(City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) was as usual at its professional best. It was heartening to see Sonu Niigaam paying humble tributes to Rafi saab throughout the show and it was commendable that he sang some of the most difficult of Rafi songs literally one after the other.
    Visibly and audibly missing were the tabla and the dholak from the orchestra (which were used in the original concert held in 2006 with local west midlands singers). That did in my opinion affect a song like “jat yamla pagla” quite seriously!

    It was nice to see today’s top singer embellishing a legend’s fame and taking it to newer heights.

  15. Binu Nair says:

    Post 4 & 5… thanks…

    when i was in dubai a lady always use to write letters to the editor and giving her respects for rafi saaheb on july 31st and also dec.24.

    how many of us can do this task – twice a year in our own cities and towns and thereby thank rafi saaheb for the incomparable melodies he has given us to enjoy and live for amidst our busy lives.

    most of the editors and journos are themselves rafi lovers and they will only be too happy to print a tribute to rafi from his fans and their readers.

    binu nair.

  16. santosh says:

    Dear Binuji,

    Pl make availiable some vedios of the concerts held.It will really help us feel the spirit of Rafi saab.

  17. Asif Majeed says:

    Mr. Binu Nair: Words are not enough to thank you for your efforts to keep Mohd Rafi’s memories aline and also to make sure that Rafi Sahib gets his due recognition. I live in United States, and will really appreciate if you can upload on YOUTUBE the Rafi concert that will be held Mumbai. I am sure there are thousand of Rafi lovers who will aslo get you a chance to feel his spirit by watching this concert.

  18. Binu Nair says:

    rafi lovers are making enquiries about the 31st july musicals on rafi’s 28th death anniversary. In every city of the world there are music shows and all music lovers must attend and make it a great success.
    pls. take out some time and pen letters to editors of news papers/magazines/channels to pay respects of rafi saaheb on the day.

    binu nair.

  19. arun gautam says:

    दिल का सूना साज तराना ढूढ़ेगा
    तीर निगाहे नाज़ निशाना ढूढ़ेगा
    मुझको मेरे बाद ज़माना ढूढ़ेगा

    सोनू निगम को देखा तो ऐसा लगा
    जैसे रफी साहब के रूप में हमें कोई फरिश्ता मिला

    रफी साहब को शत-शत नमन

    अरुण गौतम

  20. A S MURTY says:

    Great news for Rafi-fans across the world. Sonu Nigam is doing tremendous work by reviving the music of Rafi Sahab. There are several theories doing the round as to the number of songs of Rafi Sahab. In this article the author says that 26,000 songs have been rendered by Rafi Sahab. Can an authentic number be informed ?

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