Nobody could have brought the real emotions to ‘Duniya ke rakhwaale, Sun Dard Bhare..’ song as Muhammed Rafi did. The same with ‘Kya Hua Tera Vaada’ from Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi, ‘Chaudvin ka chaand ho..’ from Chaudvin Ka Chand and ‘Bahaaro bhool barsao..’ from Suraj. These are the songs through which versatile singer of Indian music captured millions of Indian music lovers.
Muhammed Rafi was one of the most influential singers in the bollywood history. His versatility to sing any genre of music made him work with many reputed music directors like O.P.Nayyar, S.D.Burman, and Naushad to name few. It is considered that he sang around 34,000 songs in his career span out of which 9000 are having non-filmy background. He is one singer who had sung in many languages including Hindi, Konkani, Urdu, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Sindhi, Guajarati and even Telugu.
‘Pardah hey pardah’ from Amar Akbar Antony, ‘Dar-e-dil dard-e-jigar’ from Karz and ‘Dil Ke Jharoke mein’ from Brahmachari only depicts his versatily in enthralling his listeners. Winner of Padma Shri award from the government of India, he is credited with 5 National and 6 film fare awards in his career span ranging from 1944-1980.
He started his singing right from the age people understands words. Initially, he imitated chants of Fakir in childhood and that was the start of a legendary career. He impressed everyone in a way that once Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru invited him to sing at latter’s place. He adorned voices of actors like Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar, Johny Walker, Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan. Pairing with Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and many he had given few of the best duet songs in Bollywood history.
1980 saw a heart attack bringing an end to India’s most respected musician who was a workaholic and a complete entertainer. It is estimated that around 9000 concerts had been organized all over India to remember this legend.
Muhammed Rafi, you live through your music!