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Rafi Sahab and Bharat Ratna

Written by Mr. Ramesh Narain Kurpad

My dearest rafi bhakt’s,



Rafi Sahab and Bharat Ratna

Rafi Sahab

Continuing from where I momentarily signed off, now I can see, a great congression of film personalities to all humans between 1924 to 1980 gathered around emotionally engaged into a hot and heated debate in the heavenly realms of the almighty. Swargiya Kundan lal Saigal, K.C.Dey, Punkaj Mullick, Founder of Prithvi theatres, New theatres, eminent film personalities of Bengal, Netaji Subhas Bose, Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai patel, – Mukesh, hemant kumar, talat mahmood, Raj Kapoor, Ashok kumar, kishore kumar, anoop kumar, s.d.burman, r.d.burman, madan mohan , sj, lp, and lastly kishore kumar  – he started crying vehemently, pointing an accusing finger at the Lord God himself.

God, then, stood up with a smile and pointing both his hands downwards towards mother earth, said authoritatively, thus – “ My dearest dearest dearest Rafi Bhakts, ( I was rafi sahab then ) it is the responsibility of the President and the Prime Minster of India. I have no role to play nor can I influence them, I am God, I cannot play politics. “


This is more of a conversation with you all and my sincere love for the maestro that elevates me to write to you all and discuss the most sensitive matter, which has evaded history from recording.

Recently on the 29th of November 2009, I attended a musical show, which was mainly organized to felicitate and honor yet another legend Manna Daa, upon his having received the prestigious national award “ Dada Saheb Phalkey Award “.

Just before dada started belting out his usual manna songs, he just made a passing mention when asked about his feelings, as follows :- “ Awards don’t fascinate me “. I have forgotten when I received the Padma Bhushan. I know that I am a good student of music. “

I thought to my self, and could well summate what would have been going on in dada’s mind when he said those words ( I should have been conferred all these awards long long back – my dearest friend and legend of legends no doubt died an abrupt death – disillusioned and could not even say bye ).

Bhakton – at this very moment – an idea was born in my mind that, I should have a talk with my numerous rafi bhakts at this dedicated rafi forum, and in many ways than one – ponder over the one thought which would be uppermost in every mind “ rafi sahab and bharat ratna “

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

A great, historical Nation that India is, is known to take its own time to react to the amazing achievements of its great legends. At times, the authorities realized a certain award to be given after it reached a mass following or a unanimous voice.

Rafi bhakts like rafi sahab are too simple and humble and have always been found to be living in a world of trance and just floating in his songs and works. It suffices them that they once in a way write about their god, meet and sing a few songs, sing a few praises and call it a day.

This is simply because, they find it is naïve, to ask or tell people that, rafi sahab should be awarded the Bharat Ratna. Probably the question that comes to their simple humble mind through the heart is “ Are we begging ? “. If you ask me – an emphatic – NO.

Then, if,  I,  now through this letter, actually am doing a favour, to the govt by telling them that its time you went ahead and actually officially confer the highest civilian award ( posthumously ) to this great singing avatar of yester years. Billions of humans all over the globe have already given this award in their minds and hearts to him, then what is holding you back from converting it into a reality.

Are you waiting to convert yourself from a rafi fan to a rafi bhakt ?
Does it take 29 years for you to understand your responsibility ?
Do you want the NRI’s to remind you ?
Or are you waiting for the American President to prompt you ?

Bhakton, many such questions painfully come to the mind but one thing really surprises me most is the Indian Govt did confer the Bharat Ratna  upon  a living musical legend

( a human being even today laments and cries that rafi sahab – is actually the true “ratna” )

Bhakton, 24th December 2009, is a huge day for us, 29 years have elapsed, and each one of us have failed in our duties to have ensured that our maestro got his due.

Let us all get together and collectively write to all the National and Local News papers and also to the President and Prime Minister to set right this great oversight to put it modestly and do a favour to our own human existence.

My caution to the Government of India is – we are talking about an Avataar who will never ever come back to us.

Hence, lets do the needful and seek the maestro’s ( GOD’S ) blessings.

Jai ho rafi sahab – tussi great ho – tussi Bharat Kaa Ratna ho.

Ramesh narain Kurpad.



An email could be sent to the President and Prime Minister of India, with all our names mentioned as a signature campaign – from various rafi fan clubs from all over India.

All this is definitely possible – its just a case of “ mind over matter “.

Adaab rafi.

I have put my signature with this letter through

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158 Blog Comments to “Rafi Sahab and Bharat Ratna”

  1. Ashoke Kumar Shome says:

    To-The Prime Minister and President of India.Md.Rafi long deserved to be awarded the prestigious award of – Bharat Ratna, but previous governments ignored him. So I request you to kindly look into this vital matter and award him the Bharat Ratna Award, at the earliest, and oblige, with thanks-Ashoke Kumar Shome, Kolkata

  2. suryakaant says:

    Dear kurpad ji kripya mujhe kchama kre.lekin aapne yah likh kar karoro rafifans main bhi unme hoon ke dil ko thes pahunchai hai ki Rafi saheb Bharat Ratn na milne par roye. Kya aap nahion jaante Rafi khud hi poore deshvasio ke ratn the. Unke liye yah samman bahut hi chhota hai.Lata ki tarah ve har samman se uper uth chuke the.Unhe samman milne par samman hi sammanit hota ve nahi.Isliye kripya ese lekh na likhe.

  3. Thank you very much Murtyji for sharing us the link of the Vinod Dua’s report on Rafisahab in NDTV News channel.

  4. rameshkurpad says:

    murtygaru, ( post 153 )

    thanx a lot for all the gwork and info. glad that a lot of work is being done and we are reaching a stage – one step forward.

    keep it up sir – extremely sorry i am not there with you all in this movement actively., but uppermost in spirits.

    here’s wishing this movement all the very best and suere success.

    may the almighty have his blessing hand always on us.

    ramesh narain kurpad

  5. rameshkurpad says:

    gopal sura ji, ( post 15 ),

    thanx a ton for the info on the award function of sahab in Mumbai and all its details. highly encouraging and makes us all very happy.

    credit should go to rafi foundation mumbai and binuji.

    likhtey rahiye gopalji.

    ramesh narain kurpad

  6. A S MURTY says:

    rameshbhai and other friends, ADABRAFI. Our good friends in Lucknow – sanjeev dixit and gurbeer singh – have already tremendous work by drafting out an appeal in hindi which i too have seen and is most apt. shortly, its english translation will also be made and then sent to most rafi bhakts by emails in pdf format. once received by all, they can download the same, affix the signatures of all the known rafi bhakts and then despatch by post/courier to our friends in lucknow for onward transmission to the authorities in Delhi. We will post the english translation of the document through this website also.

  7. priya sanyalji,

    thank you very much for your kind thoughts and contributions. yes your commitments familywise is equally important and that should be attended to by all means.

    bhakton, murtygaru, narayan garu, nrpbhai whats latest on our mission – any progress ? please fill me in. i am rather tied in knots at sea.

    ramesh narain kurpad.

  8. A S MURTY says:

    friends, meantime check out for this youtube link, vinod dua of ndtv india, speaking on bharat ratna and rafi sahab :

    a s murty

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