Cerebral Shangrila

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Remembering Rafi

I hear his voice everyday that its tough to believe that its 25 years since Mohd.Rafi , one of the greatest singers of hindi film music, passed away. Versatility was Rafi's forte. Be it the zany songs for Shammi Kapoor or romantic numbers for Rajendra Kumar / Shashi Kapoor / Dev Anand , Classical numbers done under the baton of Naushad or the comedy numbers for Johnny walker / Mehmood , sad songs for Sunil dutt / Dilip kumar --- he has done it all.

I was a rabid Rafi fan when I started listening to hindi songs, ( Though I later gravitated towards Kishore & Hemant kumar ) completely bowled over by his singing style and voice. On July 31, 1980 he passed away suddenly because of a cardiac arrest. Its been 25 years . He still lives amidst us with his immortal songs like " Zindagi Bhar Nahin" , " Abhi na jao chod kar" , " Main pyar ka rahi hoon" , " deewana hua baadal" , " chaudavin ka chand" , " Sar jo tera " , " Mere mehboob tujhe" , " suhani raat " , " khoya khoya chand" , " Tu kahaan" , " Main zindagi ke saath " , " O haseena zulfon wali" and countless more ..........................

Here is a nice article on Screen , where 25 luminaries from Hindi film music share their views on Mohd.Rafi. As they say , " music is immortal and the song goes on....."


  • rafi..ah rafi.. what a singer.. arguably the best after kl saigal ever in India.. with a octave range and word twisting that few could match..

    By Blogger Vikram, at 3:14 PM  

  • Arbit -- u bet ..

    By Blogger Cogito, at 1:06 AM  

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