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Sonu Niigaam’s Britain concerts – a tribute to Rafi

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

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

I used to play the tanpura for Rafi saab: Mahendra Kapoor

Monday, June 30th, 2008

This article is written by Harish C. Menon, for Indo-Asian News Service. It’s an old article (2006) republished to refresh our memories.

Mohd Rafi and Mahendra KapoorNeither old age nor the vicissitudes of a long singing career have weakened Mahendra Kapoor’s zest for music. The singer who gave us the soulful “Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se” way back in 1963 is now ready with a collection of Sufi songs. Even at 72, the voice that took high pitch singing to unmatched levels still has a lot to offer. The affable veteran singer says that his sufiana album is something he wanted to do after he had his full in other genres of singing. (more…)

Shammi Kapoor Remembers Rafi Sahab

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

More at Hamara Photos

Shammi KapoorVeteran actor Shammi Kapoor remembered Rafi Sahab during his felicitation by Aamir Khan at 10th Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema. Legendary filmmakers of his era Shakti Samanta, who made hits like ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’ and ‘An Evening in Paris’ with him and Lekh Tandon, who directed him in ‘Professor’, gave him the award. Sammir Dattani, Veteran actress Kamini Kaushal, Shakti Samanta, Lekh Tandon, Satish Shah with wife, Kamal Siddhu, Aditya Raj Kapoor with wife and mother Neilu, Raj Zutshi, Chetan Bhagat and many others arrived for the event. More at Hamara Photos.

Mohammed Rafi draws packed house, 28 years after death

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Mumbai, May 19 (IANS) article was posted on yahoo news.

Songs by legendary singer Mohammed Rafi drew a packed house here 28 years after his death, and audiences were in for a surprise as an evergreen voice from the yore took the stage again, rekindling memories and melodies of an era gone by. ‘Mujhko apne gale laga lo..‘ and ‘Thahariya hosh me aa loon‘, sung by the forgotten Mubarak Begum wafted across the lush green lawns of the Green Court Club on the city’s outskirts Sunday night. (more…)

His Majesty’s Voice

Monday, May 19th, 2008

By Mr. A.S.MURTY (,

Shammi KapoorAmong the many boisterous fast songs sung by Mohd. Rafi Sahab, one song stands out as kingly as any can be. That song is the title song from the film RAAJKUMAR – Jaane Wale Zara Hoshiyar Yahan Ke Hum Hain Raajkumar. The song is picturised on the return of the prince to his kingdom from studies abroad and is so wonderfully picturised that one feels totally immersed in the sequence of events. Shammi Kapoor, the prince is atop a fully bedecked royal elephant, what with an entire band of trumpeteering band and scores of royal guards and aides in attendance. The setting is perfect for a royal entourage – the costumes, the glittering ornaments, the perfect lyrics and the fast paced music. (more…)

The King of melody

Friday, May 4th, 2007

This article is by Mr. Binu Nair. It has been published at

Even if belatedly, music lovers have now appealed to the government to honour Mohammed Rafi with the Bharat Ratna posthumously. A singer par excellence and a paragon of humility and piety, Rafi strode the musical landscape like a meteor, enchanting generations of music lovers and transcending geographical borders. (more…)

Mohd Rafi’s unreleased tracks to release soon

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

This news is contributed by Ms. Chitralekha.

Good news for legendary singer Mohammad Rafi’s fans as they will now get a chance to hear some of Rafi’s unreleased songs. Narayani Creative Solutions have bought the music rights of an unreleased film of the late 70’s titled Sorry Madam which has songs sung by Rafi. The film was directed by Dilip Bose but it never got released. (more…)

Beginning of the Indian Film Music Downtrend?

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Jaago sonewaalon! Rahul Dev Burman was great. But was supreme greatness thrust upon him? By P. Bhaskar Rao. This article was contributed by Mr. Mohan Flora.

It was during the making of Guide (1964) that its music director Sachin Dev Burman fell ill and was advised rest for four months. Several producers who had signed Dada had to switch over to other composers. But Dev Anand, who was producing Guide, refused to do so though only one song was recorded till then. (more…)

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