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Mohammad Rafi-Tum Bahut Yaad Aaye

It was a trip down memory lane for several music lovers in the Capital city as they remembered legendary Bollywood singer Mohammad Rafi on the eve of his 85th birth anniversary. On this occassion a biography of Madhubala, who is known as venus of Indian cinema was also released.

By Mr. Vinod Viplav.

Mohammad Rafi

Mohammad Rafi

Decades have passed since the death of legendary singer Mohammed Rafi, but his memories are still fresh in the mind of millions of his fans. On the eve of his 85th birthday a number of his fans and music lovers gathered to remember their favourite singer at Film Division Auditorium.

On this occasion a short film on the life of and songs of legendary singer was screened. This film, titled Rafi-Tum Bahut Yaad Aaye, has been produced by the Films Division.

The biography on the life of yesteryears’ Bollywood beauty and Mohammad Rafi’s contemporary Madhubala (Madhubala : Dard ka Safar) (link – ) was also released on the occasion by Shree Rashid Alvi (MP). This is the first biography of Madhubala in Hindi and is written by prestigious Bhartendu Harishchandra Award winner Mrs. Sushila Kumari. This book is published by Sachi Prakashan. “Madhubala is generally remembered for her matchless beauty and seductive smile, but very few people know that her life was full of pain and struggle, said Mrs. Sushila Kumari.

On this occassion Mr. Kuldeep Sinha, the Producer and Director of the Film  said that making of a film on Mohammad Rafi is like an old dream come true. He had been thinking about making a film on Rafi Sahab, since the death of Mohammad Rafi in 1980. He had actually discussed with Great Music Director Naushad about his dream project and he had promised to give full cooperation but due to some unavoidable reasons he could not make this film at that time.

Mukesh Garg, Sushila Kumari, Sharad Dutt, Kuldeep Sinha

Mukesh Garg, Sushila Kumari, Sharad Dutt, Kuldeep Sinha

Author Sushila Kumari being welcomed

Author Sushila Kumari being welcomed

A seminar on the songs and different aspects of the singer’s life was also organised. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Amarjit Singh Kohli, Chairman of Sakha and Yaadgar- E- Rafi, said that Rafi due to his versatility has the greatest fan following amongst young upcoming singers. The possibility of training young singers through a course of Rafi’s songs (classical, light & other shades)selected by music researchers, could be seriously explored. Former Director of Doordarshan Sharad Dutt said that genius of Rafi can be gauged from the fact that Shanker Jaikishan used Rafi’s voice in song “Ajab Hai Dastaan Teri Ai Zindgi” (film Shararat) which was picturised on singing hero Kishore Kumar. Music Expert Dr. Mukesh Garg said that Rafi’s popularity is increasing with time & he has defied age. Singer Priyamvada Vashisht, daughter of music director Husan Lal (of Husan Lal-Bhagat Ram fame) said that Rafi’s range was matchless. She said Rafi’s song “Suno suno ai duniya walo, bapu ji ki amar kahani” composed by her father Husan Lal after the death of Mahatma Gandhi, had become a rage in those times. Sh Manpreet Singh Badal, finance minister, Punjab, in a message to Society said “I am a great fan of Rafi Sahib for he epitomized the human excellence in the field of music blended with finest qualities of man”.

Writer and Journalist, Vinod Viplav, author of the first biography of Mohammad Rafi Meri Awaz Suno (link- said that the contributions of Mohammad Rafi have been neglected on various levels. People usually remember him as the best singer or the best man while he is more than that – he is the symbol of communal harmony, secularism and national integration.

Vinod Viplav (left) welcomes Mukesh Garg

Vinod Viplav (left) welcomes Mukesh Garg

Release of Sushila Kumari's (Centre) book Madhubala Dard Ka Safar

Release of Sushila Kumari's (Centre) book Madhubala Dard Ka Safar

Rafi, whose career spanned four decades, sang in many Indian languages including Hindi, Urdu, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Sindhi, Kannada, Gujarati and Telugu. He also recorded English and Persian songs.

His first public performance came at the age of 13, when he was allowed to sing at a concert featuring legendary singer K L Saigal. The singer is still famous for songs like ‘Ae gulbadan ae gulbadan‘ (‘Professor‘), ‘Chhoo lene do nazuk hothon ko‘ (‘Kaajal‘), ‘Pardah hai pardah‘ (‘Amar Akbar Anthony‘) and ‘Dard-e-dil dard-e-jigar‘ (‘Karz‘), among others, and is a source of inspiration for upcoming singers.

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7 Blog Comments to “Mohammad Rafi-Tum Bahut Yaad Aaye”

  1. satish kumar singh says:


  2. Sudhir Kumar says:

    Some of Rafi sahabs finest songs were in movies where Madhubala also starred………my Q is? Who was her favourite male singer ??

  3. Imran says:

    Rafi Sb always in our thoughts through his divine voice.


  4. Rajkumar Akela says:

    My dear rafian friends !

    There is a “country ranking” for Indian musical artists named “Whopopular” and I request you all to vote for Rafi Sahab in the following link and glorify him…

    Rajkumar Akela

  5. binu nair says:

    vinod ji… well done. let us take the mission forward. how about taking rafi music to gen-next???.. that’s the need of the hour. keep it up…

    binu nair

  6. Anita Sharma, New Delhi says:

    Vinod Viplav ji
    It is a matter of great pleasure that biography of madhubala has been published. I am a great fan of Madhubala. I want to read this book. How i can buy this book. please give me the address of the publisher or writer so that i can purchage this book.

  7. Sanjee Kunar Dixit says:

    Vinod Viplav jee,
    Lot of thanks for sharing this information with us.Really we will never forget Rafi sahab in our life & he will remain with us with his thousands of songs till the end of the universe.
    Sir, I read the biography of Rafi sahab written by you.It was very nice written by you, specially the few last chapter of this book is very-very emotional & i could not stop my tears after reading last few chapter.
    Sir, Letters are now prepared for our compaign as i talked you on phone before few days. I will send you the copies of the same in coming few days.

    Thanks & Regards,
    -Sanjeev Kumar Dixit
    Founder, Rafi foundation, Lucknow Chapter

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