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Some Rare Diamonds of Rafi Saab – 1

This article is written by Mr. B.Venkatadri.

Some Rare Diamonds of Rafi SaabOut of years of my personal experience, I have come to learn that Rafi Saab is just not “Chaudhvi Ka Chand Ho” or “Din Dhal Jaaye Haaye Raat Na Jaaye” or “Aayi Hai Bahare Mite Zulmon Sitam” or “Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra” or “Badan Pe Sitare Lapete Huve” or “Aaja Tujh Ko Pukaare Mere Geet Re” or “Haaye Tabassum Tera” or for that matter, any of his well-known and popular songs running into hundreds! Rafi Saab, according to my estimate, has almost as many rare and lesser-known diamonds as his well-known and popular gems.

I thought it may be a good idea to deal with some of these Rare Diamonds of Rafi Saab in this forum, taking two at a time, as audio songs. Each time, I wish to take up one sober/melancholy number and one lively and happy number!

One word of caution, though. To a few people, some of the songs presented here may not be rare. But, if they are indeed rare and unknown (or even forgotten) to the majority, this series would have served its purpose!

Today, I have in mind the following two songs.

1.”Tere Kooche Me Armaanon Ki Duniya Leke Aaya Hoon” from Film:Dillagi (1949), composed by Naushad Saab.

Listen to Tere Kooche Me Armaanon Ki Duniya Leke Aaya Hoon

Friends, we need to always remember a couple of uniquenesses in Rafi Saab’s singing .

Mohd Rafi with family and friends
Mohd Rafi with family and friends

Firstly, he is a master as far a throwing in Sangats is concerned. What exactly does this mean? For example, in many of his best songs, each Antara is repeated twice and Rafi Saab makes the two repetitions sound so different and makes both the repetitions amazingly pleasant by using Sangats, to slightly modify the tune each time. Mind you, Sangats are normally deployed by pundits only in highly classical concerts, etc. But, Rafi Saab had masterd the art of using Sangats effortlessly even in many lighter songs!

Secondly, the feel and expression he pours into his songs by suitably modulating the voice is simply matchless. Sometimes, his voice gives out a tired and helpless tinge, as in this song under discussion. Some other times, it is a different feel and expression. That is why he is simply the darling of connoisseurs such as SPB, Jesudas, Manna Dey, Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar, etc.

Just see the voice he deploys for this song. While his voice of the late forties and fifties is extremely fresh and by far his greatest, in this song, he makes it even better by adding that modulated feel to it. Of course, Naushad Saab had composed a divine tune, which was further enhanced by Rafi Saab.

Also, observe how his second repetition of each Antara in this great song beats his own first enunciation of the same, which by itself is out-of-the-world! For example, the first time, he says “Mila Tha Dil Se Jab Dil Yaad Kar O Bhoolne Wale” in a plainer way. But in the repetition, observe the extra emphasis he gives on “Mila Thha” and “Dil Se” and makes it so very attractive!

All said and done, simply a divine rendition!

Mohd Rafi with music director Datta Ram
Mohd Rafi with music director Datta Ram

2. Friends, do you know this excellent duet by Rafi Saab and Shamshad Begum from Film: Musafirkhana(1955), composed by O.P.Nayyar? When OPN is mentioned, many remember/know only his “Tum Sa Nahi Dekha”, “Naya Daur”, “Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon”, “Kashmir Ki Kali” or “Mere Sanam”, etc. This Musafirkahna (1955) has some very nice songs too, which are somewhat forgotten.

Today’s song is “Thhoda Sa Dil Lagaake Dekh, Nainon Se Muskuraake Dekh” by Rafi Saab and Shamshad.

Listen to Thhoda Sa Dil Lagaake Dekh, Nainon Se Muskuraake Dekh

The speciality of this Rafi-Shamshad duet is that almost the whole song is sung by Shamshad Begum and OPN uses Rafi Saab’s voice only to sing the interlude music, by keeping the instrumentalists almost away! Just hear for yourself and enjoy Rafi Saab’s “Tararampum Pampam Pam”s all through this duet!

The song is a lively and peppy one and was picturised on Johny Walker and Shammi.

I recommend friends to listen to each of the two full songs at least twice, in order to be able to appreciate their niceties

Lastly, shall be grateful for a candid feedback, which would help me assess the usefulness or otherwise of this proposed series.

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32 Blog Comments to “Some Rare Diamonds of Rafi Saab – 1”

  1. jamroz khan advocate ASC says:

    rafi you have gone and leave us alone, but you are still among us and we are hearing you almost everyday and any time. you are the god of music and we are your bagth, we love you and missing you any time.

  2. Rafi Sahab is a such Greatest Artist Star No. 1 of the World for whose appreciation words will be insufficient. Such Legend takes birth on the earth after a millions of years. I salute to this legend whose voice will remain on earth till the demolishion of earth. Rafi sahab has been conquered millions of hearts and remain live in the hearts of his fans. –Gazanfar Ali Khan- City-Rajnandgaon-State-Chattisgarh-Country= INDIA- 04-03-2012

  3. Chinmayi says:

    I grew up listening to Mohd Rafi songs, although I was born after he became immortal. I think there is no replacement for Mr Rafi and his sweet voice. Thanks for posting these songs. Hope to hear more gems.

  4. Amaan says:

    <ohd rafi sahab is a great singer who sing a best song in india

  5. abrar says:

    rafi saab is god of music
    Can any 1 pls send some good pictures of rafi saab.
    My email id .

  6. Sumit Kumar says:

    Na Tujsa tere baad fankar aaya,
    Mohhammad Rafi tu bahut yaad aaya.

    Iam Very Missed You Rafi Sahaab.

  7. Narayanan says:

    post 14 Vikasji
    U may pl send the photos directly to the web email id or to founder of Rafi Foundtn or to A.S.Murty sir whose email id is mentioned in the comments blog.
    Venkatdri garu,
    Nice article pl post such rare songs regularly for the beneift of lovers of Rafi saab…

  8. A S MURTY says:

    Mr Gurumurthy sahab, you can attach your cassette player to the computer and also download some software freely available which converts the input music into mp3 for e.g. a software called “audiograbber”. I will try to separately give the web address from where it can be downloaded. there are several others too but i have not used them. one has to have a lot of patience while converting music from cassette player to mp 3 format on the computer i.e. you will have to be alert with ‘pause’ and ‘play’ buttons and the record button on both the cassette player as also your media recording software. all the best.

  9. Refer post 19, Mr. Murthygaru, Apart from “Kal Raat Zindagi Se”, Palki had four more wonderful songs by Rafiji. The other solo “Cheharese Apne Aap To Parda Utayiye” was in two parts, one happy and the other sad. Rafi and Suman’s duet “Dile Betaab Ko” was another gem so also was the Rafi, Asha and Mannadey qawali “Bhari Mehafilme Cheda”. The title song “Palki Chali Gayi” was sung by Rafi and Mannadey. I have the songs of Palki in a cassette. Can any body suggest, how the same can be converted on to a CD?

  10. b.venkatadri says:

    A.S.Murthy garu, I love the song from Palki, “Kal Raat Zindagi Se Mulaqat Ho Gayi” , but I do not have it and did not collect it, as I keep listening to it on Vividhbharati now nad then. My collection has only those songs that are heard rarely even on Vividhbharati.

    Dr. Aliuddin, “Main To Tere Hassen Kahayalon Me Kho Gaya” from Sangram is a great Rafi solo by the little known MDs:Lala Asar Sattar and of course, “Tera Husn Rahe” from Do Dil(MD:Hemant Kumar) is another gem, though not that rare.

    I will certainly discuss these three songs in some subsequent part of this series.


  11. A S MURTY says:

    ref post 19 by me and within hours of my request for the song – kal raat zindagi se mulakat ho gayi – from palki, two good rafians have posted the song to me. this goes to show that rafians are just as good as their mentor and do not hesitate to provide good music to those who long for it. i place my sincere thanks to both mr kapil goswami and mr mansoor khan for having sent the song to me so fast.

  12. mohamed parvez says:

    thanx venkandri ji for posting nice article thanx for posting to da sa dil lagaake dekh i am looking for more articles & more rare songs from you

  13. Dr. Khaja Aliuddin says:

    Dear Mr. Venkatadari,
    Thank you very much for your efforts to bring the rare gems of Rafi Saheb. I will add two more rare and beautiful gems of Rafi Saheb to his fans.
    1) Main to Tere Haseen Khayalon Me Khogaya – Sangaram
    2) Tera Husn Rahe Mera Ishq Rahe – Do Dil
    Long live Rafi Saheb,
    Dr. Khaja Aliuddin
    6440 N. Longmeadow Ave.,
    Lincolnwood, Il-60712

  14. A S MURTY says:

    towards the evening today, i got a surprise call from mr ajit pachawar from kolkata and i came to know that mr ajit is the secretary of kolkata lovers circle and we had detailed talk. during this time, we came across chatting a beautiful song from ‘palki’ – kal raat zinadagi se mulakat ho gayi. this song too is a rare gem and a fine composition. unfortunately i do not have the song myself although i had wished to have the same for a long time. can anyone email it to me in mp3 format? my email is thanks in advance rafians.

  15. mansoor says:

    Indeed Rafi sahabs voice was so beautiful that you never stop marveling at its beauty and purity. It was really God gifted. ‘Tera kaam hai jalna parvane…’ from film Papi is another song that shows the beauty and purity of Rafi sahab’s voice. Play this link and enjoy:

  16. Anil Cherian says:

    Ref: post 16
    Exactly..Venkat sir. It’s amazing that this man with an iconic status singing single-lines (Chalo dildar chalo…for instance), tarararam.s.., for little-known MDs and banners, little-known actors, old/beggar/street singer/comic characters..As u mentioned he considered singing as his Karma and believed in putting his heart and soul to every song offered to him. And he remained a play-back (or actors’) singer right till the very last, with his status he could very well have demanded that the actors adapt to his style (like many other established film singers did/do) rather than he adapting to them.

  17. b.venkatadri says:

    Anil Cherian,

    Many thanks. That is why Rafi Saab was the darling almost all the MDs, about 250 of them! He used to do whatever the MD wanted him to do whole-heartedly, as his solemn duty. Whether it was just “Tararararararam”s or attempting humanly impossible voice scales, etc.

    Long Live Rafi Saab!


  18. anil cherian says:

    Thanx Venkat sir for the two relatively lesser-known songs. I had listened to the “there koopche….” song before but not the duet. I found it difficult to believe it’s Rafi sahab himself with the “tharapampa..s”. He sounds so fresh, energetic and peppy..even peppier than in his Shammi Kapoor songs..

  19. vikas sharma says:

    how can i contribute pictures of rafi sahib here please tell me

  20. xxx says:

    all songs from dillagi(1949) were rare gems,another rare diamond of rafi sahab from d same album was…

    “is dunia mein aey dilwalo dil ka lagana khel nahi,, ulfat karna khel hai lekin karke nibhana khel nahi”

    what a rendition by rafi sahab.. koi shabd nahi tareef ke liye…

    i wud like to add some more rare diamonds by naushadji & rafiji….

    >mil mil ke gayenge(wd lata ji,, dulari(1949))
    >raat rangili mast nazare(wd lataji,, dulari(1949))
    >suhani raat dhal chuki(dulari)
    >hue hum jinke liye barbaad(deedar)
    >naseeb dar pe tere aazmane aaya hun(deedar)
    >dekh liya maine kismat ka tamasha(deedar)

    and we never forget the rendition “jinhe naaz hai hind par wo kahan hain” wd burman dada… anodr rare diamond

  21. b.venkatadri says:

    Mr. Siva,

    I sincerely empathise with you and appreciate your thorough and careful listening and appreciation of Rafi Saab’s masterpieces. Indeed, Rafi Saab needs to be heard so carefully and alertly. Rafi Saab also needs to be heard through one’s heart and not just from one’s ears!

    I fully agree with your views on “Caarvaaan Guzar Gaya Gulzar Dekhte Rahe” part of the Sapne Jhare song from Nayi Umar Ki Nayi Fasal. And also about the great emotion-stirrer of all times, “Yeh Mehlon Yeh Thakton”!

    Keep posting.


  22. b.venkatadri says:

    Iftekar Ali Ji,

    Many thanks for your appreciation. I do have the great song that you mentioned. It is from Film:Mulzim(1963) and the MD is Ravi. I love the second line of the Mukhda. Hazir Hoon Koyi Teer-e-Nazar, Dillllll Pe Maaariyeeeeee!

    Though this song is not that rare, let us still try to discuss this song in another part of this series and then you can get to hear it. But, incidentally, the songs are actually uploaded here for playing and listening, only by the Admin. of this site, as per the writer’s text. He, I am sure, has all the songs that I have and many more! I may divulge here that I myself have collected most of these rare songs from the sister site of this, called In fact, the Admin. needs to be congratulated heartily by all Rafians for making this Mohdrafi. com and the the ultimate authorities on this globe, on Mohammed Rafi Saab, his songs and career.


  23. Siva says:

    Nice to read about so many rare gems from Rafi Saab. I would like to add few more:
    1)Caarvan guzar gaya gubbar dekhte rahe(Film Nayi Umar ki naye fasal-Music Roshan). Rafi saab had done full justice to each and every line that was penned by poet: Neeraj. The “typical” style with which he sings’’ makes the song so beautiful. In many songs you would have noticed how he sings the same word in two different ways-examples” tauba tauba” in the song Main nigahen tere chhehere se hataon kaise; ye jhuki jhuki “ is a typical stress that Rafi saab uses in in the song Main kahin kavi na ban jaon, tere pyaar mein … This is one of reason why Rafi saab’s songs become so beautiful. Sometimes even a mediocre song is taken to great heights by his inimitable style of singing.

    2)Although not a rare song, I would definitely like to mention about Yeh mahlon, ye takhton, ye tajon ki duniya from Pyasa which is one of the best songs from Hindi film world. Rafi saab starts from a low scale and reaches the peak at …jala do phoonk dalo ye duniya. Also note the way he changes over from the intoxicated way he starts the first few lines and then changes over to a serious tone in ye daulat ke bhhoke riwazon kin duniya.
    Once he pleads ye duniya agar mil be jaaye to kya hai and then sings the same line with an anger. A real masterpiece!!!

  24. Dear Mr. B.Venkatadri, I very much appreciate your efforts to bring such gems of rafi sahib to his fans. Believe me rafi sahib is still live in our hearts because of such gems of him. No other singer could make such a hard grip on his fans like rafi sahib has made.
    Would you believe that one of his songs which I had heard only once in childhood is still written on my heart? Could you please put this song over here if you have it in your collection? The song is very romantic and rafi sahib has played magic with his lovely voice. The lyrics are amazingly romantic in ghazal style as follows:

    Deewana Keh Ke Aaj Mujhey Phir Pukariey
    Hazir Hoon Kio Teer-e-Nazar Dil Pe Mariey

    Zufeen Sunwarney Sey Baney Gi Na Koi Baat
    Uthiey Kisi Ghareeb Ki Qismat Sanwariey

    Lag Jaey Aap Ko Na Kisi Ki Nazar Kaheen
    Ghar Gaa-key Aapney Husn Ka Sadqa Utariey

    Look at the lyric and imagine when rafi sahib sings it then what miracle is going to be created. Would you believe that I heard this song only once in my life may more than 40 years ago but I remember all the musical details which rafi sahib had rendered and enjoy in my imagination. I would appreciate if you could post this song over here.

    With best Regards
    Iftekhar Ali Khan

  25. b.venkatadri says:


    Many thanks for your posts. Hussain Sheikh Saab, I really appreciate your possession of such very old/very early/very rare songs of Rafi Saab. I will take your help at an appropriate time.

    In fact, out of all the hundreds of rare songs of Rafi Saab, I am taking up here some of the nicer ones, in my view.


  26. Amrit says:

    Thanks for songs. They are pure diamond! I love Rafi sahab, there’s no one like him.

  27. Hussein Sheikh says:

    Very nice Mr. B. Venkatadri, there are countless songs of Rafi Saheb we have not heard, some of are: Rona Hai To… (Duniya-1946), Is Waade Ka Matlab… (Duniya-1946), Ab Woh Hamare Ho Gaye… (Safar-1946), Kehke Bhi Na Aaye Tum… (Safar-1946) and many others. Anybody need these songs can mail me. I have a couple of songs/duets by Rafi Saheb and Chitalkar (C. Ramchandra).

  28. RAMAKRISHNA says:

    venkatadri garu,

    very nice article.

    i would like to share with all my brothers this emotional outburst please.

    we know the ‘3r’ s . we say ‘reading’ , ‘ writing’ and ‘ arithmatic’ similarly there are ‘3m’ s also. its ‘ music’, ‘ melody’ and ‘ muhammed rafi ( sahab ) ‘

    these diamonds are ‘rare’ and shining ‘eternally’

  29. b.venkatadri says:

    Exactly, Mr. A.S.Murthy. To try to know Rafi Saab completely and at the micro (grassroots level!), it is important to listen to and know these rare diamonds thoroughly! Well, even then, Rafi Saab would remain unfathomable, as I once said earlier.


  30. biman baruah says:





  31. Harvinder says:

    Thanks Mr Ventakdri,
    I had heard the first solo earlier, but heard shamashad duet for the first time. The first solo is a blend of KL Saigal and Rafi himself.

    Nice songs and great effort by you, please keep it up.

  32. A S MURTY says:

    Nice article on rare gems of Rafi sahab. There are thousands of such rare gems, mostly known to all rafians and some forgotten by most rafians. also most have not been played on most fora like radio, stage shows, television, special programmes, etc. generally most music lovers think of songs like 1. yahoo (from junglee), 2. mere mehboob tujhe meri mohabbt ki kasam, 3. chaudavin ka chand ho, 4. hum bekhudi me tumko ko pukare chale gaye, 4. man tarpat hari darshan ko aaj or o duniya ke rakhwale or a hundred more of his most popular songs, when rafi sahab’s name comes up. but there are equal number of songs, some lost to most people and some totally forgotten or even unheard of rare songs that all classify under the term ‘gems’ if we are permitted to use the term. the two songs discussed in the article are of the ‘lost’ category, for many of us may not have heard them often or even if we had, we may have forgotten them. in fact, i had not heard the second song of rafi sahab with shamshad begum until i got to read this article. rafi sahab’s style of singing in the era of 1950s was different from his subsequent decades where he had matured much more and had established his uniqueness in such a commanding way that he has become immortal. the songs of late 1940s and upto 1950s were more predictable in their tunes and compositions, but the 1960s suddently threw up a plethora of strange but sweet compositions, the likes of which were not seen again after the 1970s. it is here that rafi sahab experimented on his own and presented the widest array of soft music, romantic tones and the boisterous and speed numbers. his songs on ‘love’ are incomparable to any other singer in as much as rafi sahab gave that extra meaning and that extra emphasis on the required words and lines. that benevolence did not exist with any other singer, earlier or after. many songs rendered in his unique fashion became instant hits and remain so till today. but many more of them, real ‘gems’ as i too would like to name them, did not catch the ears of the nation and either got lost or were forgotten. but by just listening to them even now in total silence, they throw of unknown qualities and perhaps even several images and messages, which hitherto had not quite caught our attention. i will just give two examples (while there are thousands) 1. zara sun haseena aye nazneen mera dil tujhi pe nisar hai and 2. sari khushiyan hain muhobbat ki zamane ke liye (suhana safar) (thanks to a true rafian who lent me these songs on my request very recently). i do not want to cut into this article or even the two songs mentioned therein, but am only trying to prolong the discussion on such rare pieces of royal music that the author mr venkatadri has rightly termed as ‘gems’. it is a good topic for discussion and will perhaps throw up many many songs from the memories of rafians when they too post their comments and to that extent itself the author would have succeeded. kudos.

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