The Legendary singer of Mohammed Rafi

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Mohammed Rafi was a legendary Indian playback singer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential singers of all time. He was notable for his versatility and range of voice and still remembered and loved by music lovers around the world for his melodious voice and contribution to Indian music. He had a special ability to mould his voice to the person and style of the actor lip-syncing the song on screen in the movie.

He was born on December 24, 1924, in Kotla Sultan Singh, Punjab, British India (now in Pakistan). His father was Hajji Ali Mohammad and mother was Allah Rakhi. The nick name of Mohammad was Pheeko.

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He began his singing career in 1944 and went on to record over 5,000 songs spanning several languages and dialects such as Konkani, Assamese, Bhojpuri, Odia, Bengali, Marathi, Sindhi, Kannada, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, etc. A part from Indian languages. he also sang in some foreign languages, including English, Farsi Arabic , Mauritian, Creole, and Dutch language.

He had the ability to infuse emotion and depth into every song he sang, whether it was a romantic ballad or a soulful ghazal. His contributions to Indian music have earned him several awards.

He received six Filmfare Award and one National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer . In 1967, he was honored with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India . In 2001, Rafi was honored with the “Best Singer of the Millennium” title by  Hero Honda  and Stardust magazine. In 2013, Rafi was voted for the Greatest Voice in Hindi Cinema .

Rafi kept his most memorable his first song in Lahore for the Punjabi film Gul Baloch (1944). In Bombay (Presently Mumbai) Rafi played his first actual part in Laila Majnu (1949). His earliest recording in Hindi, likewise in Bombay, were for movies, for example, Gaon ki gori (1945), Samaj ko badal dalo (1947), and Jugnu (1947). The composer Naushad recognised the sprouting vocalist’s true capacity and gave Rafi his most memorable first solo song assignment, “Tera khilona toota balak” in Anmol Ghadi (1946), and later the tune “Is duniya mein ae dilwalo” in Dillagi (1949), which ended up being an achievement in his singing profession. Mohammad Rofi received National award for the song “Kya Hua Tera Wada” from the film “Hum kisise kam neheen” in 1977.

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Mohamad Rofi was such a singer that is dificult to compare good and bad songs. Because all songs of him is feviourite all time .
Some of Muhammad Rafi’s most popular and timeless hits include:

1 “Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra” from the film Kashmir Ki Kali (1964): This romantic ballad, composed by O.P. Nayyar and written by S.H. Bihari, is one of Rafi’s most famous songs. The song features the actor Shammi Kapoor and the actress Sharmila Tagore, and its lilting melody and Rafi’s soulful voice have made it a perennial favorite.

  1. “Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho”from the film Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960): This song, composed by Ravi and written by Shakeel Badayuni, is a classic example of the ghazal genre. Rafi’s voice is rich and resonant as he sings the song’s evocative lyrics, which describe the beauty of a woman’s face in moonlight.
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  1. “Teri Bindiya Re”from the film Abhimaan (1973): This song, composed by S.D. Burman and written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, is a romantic duet sung by Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. The song’s playful melody and charming lyrics have made it a favorite among fans of Indian film music.
  2. “Baar Baar Dekho”from the film China Town (1962): This lively song, composed by Ravi and written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, is a catchy tune that is still played at weddings and other celebrations in India. Rafi’s energy and enthusiasm are evident in his joyful rendition of the song’s lyrics.
  3. “Aaj Mausam Bada Beimaan Hai”from the film Loafer (1973): This song, composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and written by Anand Bakshi, is a melancholy ballad that features Rafi’s emotive voice at its best. The song’s haunting melody and poignant lyrics have made it a favorite among fans of Indian film music.
  4. “Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko” from the film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973): This romantic song, composed by R.D. Burman and written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, is one of Rafi’s most famous songs. The song’s catchy melody and Rafi’s soulful voice have made it a classic of Indian film music.
  5. “Dil Ke Jharoke Mein”from the film Brahmachari (1968): This romantic ballad, composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and written by Hasrat Jaipuri, is one of Rafi’s most beloved songs. The song’s tender lyrics and Rafi’s emotive voice have made it a favorite among fans of Indian film music.
  6. “Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe”from the film Kanyadaan (1968): This romantic song, composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and written by Neeraj, is a classic of Indian film music. Rafi’s voice
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Here are some of Mohammad Rafis award-winning hit songs:

  • “Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho” – This timeless romantic song from the film Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960) won Rafi his first Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
  • “Teri Bindiya Re” – This romantic duet from the film Abhimaan (1973), sung by Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar, won him his second National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
  • “Kya Hua Tera Wada” – This soulful song from the film Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977) won Rafi his third Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
  • “Tere Mere Sapne Ab Ek Rang Hain” – This beautiful song from the film Guide (1965) won Rafi his fourth Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
  • “Dil Ke Jharoke Mein” – This romantic song from the film Brahmachari (1968) won Rafi his fifth Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
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  • “Khilona Jaan Kar Tum Toh” – This emotional song from the film Khilona (1970) won Rafi his sixth and final Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
  • “Baharon Phool Barsao” – This romantic song from the film Suraj (1966) became an instant hit and is still loved by music enthusiasts today.
  • “Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil” – This philosophical song from the film Heer Raanjha (1970) won Rafi critical acclaim for his nuanced singing.
  • “Akele Akele Kahan Ja Rahe Ho” – This melancholic song from the film An Evening in Paris (1967) showcased Rafi’s versatility as a singer.
  • “Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya” – This philosophical song from the film Hum Dono (1961) became an anthem for many and won Rafi several accolades.
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This star fell from the music world 31 July in 1980. But he is still alive in our hearts and will be forever in the future.

In conclusion, Muhammad Rafi was one of the most celebrated and versatile singers of Indian cinema. He had a voice that could convey a wide range of emotions and had a unique quality that set him apart from his contemporaries. Rafi’s contribution to Indian music has been immense, and his songs have become evergreen classics that continue to be loved and appreciated by people of all ages.

Despite facing a few controversies during his lifetime, Rafi remained committed to his art and stood up for his rights as a singer. His dedication to music and his passion for his craft continue to inspire generations of singers and music lovers even today.

Rafi’s legacy lives on, and his songs continue to be a source of joy and inspiration for people around the world. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest singers of Indian cinema, whose music touched the hearts of millions and left an indelible mark on the world of music.

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