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Mohd Rafi: one and only

This article is by Mr. Yatin Bhatt from Washington DC

These are interesting facts about Mohammed Rafi. Rafi largely contributed to the success of the following stars.

  • Dilipkumar
  • Shammi Kapoor
  • Rajendrakumar
  • Gurudutt
  • Dev Anand

Rafi was the first singer for

  • Shankar Jaikishan : Barsaat : Mai Zindagi Mai Hardam
  • Laxmikant Pyarelal : Parsmani : Roshan Tunhi Se Duniya … Salamat Raho

Rafi had a great range and could sing ALL types of songs

  • Patriotic
  • Quawaali
  • Romantic
  • Sad
  • Classical
  • Devotional
  • Gazal

The following movies had ALL songs by Rafi

  • Brahmchari
  • Teesri Manzil
  • Sargam

There are very few instances when a star has used THREE playback singers in a movie

  • Amitabh Bachchan in Abhimaan:
    • Teri Bindiya : Rafi – Lata
    • Tere Mere Milan : Kishore – Lata
    • Loote Koi Manka Nagar : Manhar – Lata
  • Sammi Kapoor in Bluff Master :
    • Govinda Ala Re : Rafi
    • Socha Tha Pyar Hum Na Karenge : Mukesh
    • Ai Dil Ab Kahin Na Ja : Hemant Kumaar

You can see the common singer is Rafi

Due to some disagreement Lata and Rafi did not sing together for few years and Rafi went on with following hits

  • Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche : with Suman Kalyanpur
  • Dil Ek Mandir Hai (titile somg) : with Suman
  • Tumne Pukara Aur Hum Chale Aaye : with Suman
  • Tumse O Hasina Kabhi Mahoobat Na : with Suman
  • O hasina zulfowali : with Asha
  • O mere sona re sona : with Asha

Rafi and Lata came back with Tum Bin Sajan Barse Nayan Jab Jab Badal Barse in Gaban music by Shanker Jaikishan

Rafi was the playback singer for Kishore Kumar for

  • Man mora bawara, nisdin gaye geet milan ke –
  • Aajab hai daastan teri ai zindagi –

Rafi gave the best devotional songs for Krishna and Radha

  • Madhuban Mai Radhika – Kohinoor
  • Radhike Tune Bansari Churayi – Beti bete
  • Vrindavan Ka Krishna Kanaiya Sabku Aankho Ka Taara –
  • Badi Dere Bhai Nandalala – Khandaan
  • More Shyam Pal Pal More Mukhse Nikle Nisdin Tero Naam – Non filmi
  • Mai Nahi Makhan Khayo – Non filmi

His Binaca tops

  • Tu ganga ki mauj main jamana ka dhara – Baiju Bawara
  • Tert pyari pyari surat ko – Sasural
  • Ehsan tera hoga muj par – Jungalee
  • Jo wada kiya wo nibhana padega – Taaj Mahal
  • Baharo phool barsao – Suraj
  • Zindagi bhar nahi bhoolegi vo barsat ki raat – Barsaat ki Raat
  • Jara Samne to aao chaliye –

We all should remember this great singer and a noble person.

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13 Blog Comments to “Mohd Rafi: one and only”

  1. anju says:

    Truly the One and Only….Rafi Saab had a soul stirring voice. Soulful singer.
    God Bless his eternal soul.

  2. narender soni says:

    Here is link for “Awaaz do hum ek hain”

  3. kamal says:

    if any body know link to download song awaaz do hum ek hain , please fwd to me at

    Iam searching for this song for a long time,

  4. Yatin Bhatt says:

    Roshan tunhi se ….
    Yes it is a typo
    The song I mentioned was “Roshan Tumhi Se Duniya, Ronak Tumhi Jahan Ki, Phoolo Me Palnewali Rani ho gulsitaanki ….Salamat Raho…..”

    P Halder, thanks for correction

    Yatin Bhatt

  5. Mandy says:

    I am only 19 but I love Mohammed Rafi and his songs, he was the best singer ever and noone can ever be as good as him. He brought ever single word to life, I am so addicted to his songs, my favourite being, “Zindaghi Bhar Nahin Bhoolengi”

  6. mukesh says:

    I am looking for the song Aawaz do hum ek hain for a long long timr , but without success. Anyone can help ?

  7. s maira says:

    did you find the lyrics of the song awaz do hum ek hain, or the song. Can you let me know from where. tks

  8. Awaaz do hum ek hain,hum ek hain says:

    I want to download this song. from where I can download?

  9. Waseem Ahmed says:

    I am just seventeen and I am a recent convert to Rafi’s fanhood:)

  10. P. Haldar says:

    ref post 2:

    Please do not search for “roshan thunhi”; you won’t find anything. There is a typo in the article. The author has referred to Rafi’s solo “Roshan tumhi se duniya” in Parasmani (LP’s first film).

  11. ashton says:

    i am also a really big fan of mohammed rafi and i am collecting his melody in original 78 rpm… anyone who has to sell please contact me at

  12. n.k.rajendran says:

    I am also a crazy fan of Rafi ji and I could collect most of his melody
    in original 78rpm gramaphone records,33rpm long play records,&45rpm singles.But I could not find a Roshan thunhi phonograph record I am doing
    my search with my full strength………….jut for rafi madness…………

  13. I do agree 1000 per cent. He was the only one and nobody could take his place and can’t be filled. I am a die-hard fan and crazy person and have no words to express my addiction towards him and his songs.


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