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Happy Birthday to Mohammad Rafi

By Souvik Chatterji

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Mohd Rafi

The listeners of music all over the world wish happy birthday to Mohammad Rafi on 24th December, 2010. The noble soul had left his admirers 30 years ago. Yet he is alive in numerous everlasting hit songs which are heard and cherished for generations.

Very significantly he was associated with all the leading actors of bollywood industry in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s, which starts with Bharat Bhushan, Pradeep Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Rajender Kumar, Raj Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Joy Mukherjee, Biswajeet, Guru Dutt, and extends upto Big B, Rishi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Jeetender, etc. Even comedians like Johnny Walker, Mehmood were indebted to the maestro for his modification of the voice in favour of them which entertained the audience to a big extent.

Filmfare can start creating separate category of musical awards under different types of playback songs in the name of Mohammad Rafi.

There should be a filmfare Mohammad Rafi award for the best ghazal sung in a bollywood film in the respective year. Rafi had sung immortal ghazals in his everlasting career. In fact Rafi won the filmfare award for the best male playback singer in 1960 for the ghazal “chaudavi ka chand ho” composed by Ravi in the film Chaudavi Ka Chand. He sang other brilliant ghazals like “tumhari zul ke sayeme sham karlunga” composed by Madanmohan, “mere mehboob tujhe” composed by Naushad, “jane wo kaun hai” composed by Roshan, “unke khayal aye to” composed by Shankar Jaikishan, etc.

There should be a filmfare Mohammad Rafi award for the best qawalli sung in a bollywood film in the respective year. Rafi had made listeners spellbound with his rendition of landmark qawallies like “yeh ishq ishq” in the film Barsaat Ki Raat composed by Roshan Lal Nagrath, “parda hai parda” in the film Amar Akbar Anthony composed by Laxmikant Pyarellal, “hum kisi se kum nahi” in the film Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi composed by RD Burman, to name a few.

There should be a filmfare Mohammad Rafi award for the best western song sung in a bollywood film in the respective year. Rafi was phenomenal in the western songs “dil ke jharoke me” composed by Shankar Jaikishan, “nazneen bara rangeen hai wada tera” composed by OP Nayyar, “dil tarpe tarpaye” composed by Salil Choudhury, to name a few. The list just goes on.

There should be a filmfare Mohammad Rafi award for the best eastern classical song sung in a bollywood film in the respective year. Rafi had sung classical songs with excellence including “madhuban me radhika nachere” composed by Naushad, “aajahu na aye” composed by Shankar Jaikishan, “phir tere shahar me” composed by OP Nayyar,etc.

Rafi had been cherished in the minds of musiclovers all across the world. The singers of the present generation should learn from Rafi and improve their own style of singing.

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17 Blog Comments to “Happy Birthday to Mohammad Rafi”

  1. Subhash Bhandari says:

    Na fankar tujhsa tere baad ayega,
    Mohammad Rafi tu bahut ayega.
    H@ppy Birthday to you RAFI $@hab~
    Aap kahin bhi ho,apki awaaz sada hamare dil me gunjegi.

  2. Subhash Bhandari says:

    Na fankar tujhsa tere baad ayega,
    Mohammad Rafi tu bahut ayega.
    H@ppy Birthday to you RAFI $@hab~
    Aap kahin bhi ho aapko sada hum yaad karenge, or apki awaaz sada hamare dil me gunjegi.

  3. Kafeel Ahmed says:

    Happy Birth Day

    No any singer like Rafi.

    No any singing voice like Rafi.

    I have no word to explain his quality.

    Rafi is only one.

    Allah apne jaware Rehmat main jagah ata kare Aameen.

  4. Rosy says:

    I only listen songs sung by Rafi Sahab in FM from 5.10am to 6am and from 8.30am to and from 5.30am to 6.30pm i got collection also I never like people say why always listing old songs I never stop the song when Rafi Sahab is singing in TV also I always watch the songa which Rafi Sahab is singing ,all in our family we listen to Rafi Sahab Songs then only the days goes and i can tell that there is no body or there will no one can take Rafi Sahab place the words which he has used while singing ,the meaning we came tpo know after hearing his songs and the way he has used the beautifuly and made us the fan of him till today we cannot forget him till our death. I am proud to say that he has born in India for us WE SAULT YOU SIR Always rember the day 31st July only to listen the songs specially played in his remberance on FM awoke till mid night as a tribute to him from me

  5. Suraj Parkah says:

    Barr-e-azam hind ki mausiki ke shenshan ka janam din mubarak!

  6. rameshkurpad says:

    there are two appearances the almighty made in the blessed land of bharat and every bharatvaasee never refutes and protects it with a smile ( irrespective of religion caste creed colour ) simply because in both the appearances the birth life and death was in bharat itself.


    rafi sahab

    ramesh narain kurpad

  7. Pankaj Bhasin says:

    Rafi Sahab was indeed incredible. No other singer either past nor present was able to match his genius of range, sweetness of voice and rendering of expression. But to my mind the greatest virtue in his singing was that he could incredibly mould his voice to the actor who is to perform lip sync. I myself was part of this exercise where we make 55 people listen to his songs and gave 5 options of identifying the actors on whom that particular song was picturised. Amazing results were achieved. 88 % people could correctly identified the actor. The songs were of different era and of different periods. Ranging from O Duniya ke rakhwale to Darde Dil Darde Jigar, Dil Jo No kaha saka to Tu is tarah se meri zindagi mein shamil hai, Ishawar allah tere naam to Bar bar Dekho the range goes on. There were some rare songs like Heer from Mera Naam Joke – Sadke heer tujhpe hum fakir sadke to Tum Chali Jayogi . Still people could identify the actors , though they were not able to identify the movie name.

    Now what else you call this phenomeon except sheer magic …….

  8. jyoti mohanty says:

    thanks “TIMES NOW” FOR THE befitting tribute to the magician.i was into tears!! pl watch the repeat telecast tonight at 8pm.

  9. Ricky says:

    Happy Birthday to the greatest singer of all times Mohd. Rafi.

    Even after 30 years of his passing from this world, no one is able to fill the space he has left and for many more years or it would be correct to say that till music is there no one would be able to step into his shoes and sing like him.

    Legendary actors like Shammi kapoor , Dev Anand and many others owe a great part of their success to Rafi sahab. Not only he was a great singer but he was a great human being, people respected him from the core of their heart.

    I wanted to say more but I don’t have words to describe the stature of this legendary singer.

    All I want to say that may the soul of Rafi sahab live in peace forever.

  10. Sanjeev Dixit says:

    Nice write up. Many happy returns of the day to our FARISHTA..


  11. mohamedparvez says:

    dear mr souvik chatterji your suggestions are worth considering ,that there should be a filmfare mohammed rafi award for in various category, i would like to invite each and every body to visit our beloved rafi saaab”s blog, i have posted,rare pictures,scanned articles,stage shows,interviews,songs,tributes and many over 500 pages are there,to go to next page,kindly click older posts,you will find bottom of every page,please don”t miss any page,kindly visit this link,take care

  12. gopal shroti says:

    Is aasman me kitne bhi chand sitaare chamkenge, RAFI jaisa koi CHAND na hoga.

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  14. Ali says:

    I don’t want say happy birth to mohd rafi because I feel the time is stopped on 31th July 1980 so still we r there and mohd rafi 57th birthday going to be on 24 dec 1980 so……..

  15. jyoti mohanty says:

    happy birthday & many many happy returns of the day to our beloved rafisaab;you occupies a space in our heart which nobody else can!!
    ‘tu jiye hazaro saal,yeh hamari arzoo’.salute to the ‘musical god’ who conquers our heart and enthrall all of us through his eternal presence ..

  16. H.A.K. Walijah says:

    Happy Birthday to the greatest Legend our beloved Rafi Saab.

    Tere geeton se subah hoti hai shaam hoti hai
    Zindagi bas yoon hi tamam hoti hai

    Long live Rafi Saab

  17. Jayant Sanyal says:

    Suron ki Mahfil ka Baadshah,
    Geetkaaron ka chahetaa,
    sur ke pujaariyon ka pasandidaa fankaar,
    jiski makhmaliee aawaaz ke jaadoo se,
    mahak jaati hai har insaan ki zindagee,
    Uss Anmol Ratan ki Saalgirah hai aaj,
    Rafi Sahab, Saalgirah Mubaarak ho!

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