The singing legend is not present physically in this world but still he is very much alive through his unforgettable songs in the hearts of his innumerable fans.  Rafi Sahab as he was popularly known had created an everlasting appeal during his 35 years illustrious career.

Mohammed Rafi, whose voice brought to life hundreds of melodies, was born in Kotla Sultan Singh village near Amritsar long before India attained its independence. He came to Lahore to enhance his music skills and eventually made his singing debut in the Punjabi film ‘Gul baloch’ by rendering a duet 'Soniye Ni Heeriye Ni' with Zeenat Begum.

The song composed by Shyamsunder received tremendous applause. Rafi, who is still an inspiration for singers and music lovers, gave his first stage performance at the age of 13. Besides, singing in Hindi, this versatile singer also recorded songs in Spanish, Dutch and English language.

In his 35 years long singing career, Rafi Sahab lend his voice for various types of songs, ranging from classical number, romantic songs, patriotic songs to ghazals and bajans.

In his glorious career, Mohammed Rafi won the coveted Filmfare Award of best playback singer no less than six times. He was also given the title of Padmashri by the Government of India. Mohammad Rafi won National Award for his song 'Kya Hua Tera Wada' from the movie 'Hum Kisise Kum Naheen' in 1977.

With the advent of Kishore Kumar as a major singing sensation, Rafi Sahab's career received a slight jolt in the late 60s and the early 70s but he bounced back with verve in films like Sargam, Karz, Hum Kisise Kam Nahin, Poonam and his last song under the baton of Laxmikant-Pyarelal for the film Aas Paas.

The world of music lost one of its brightest luminaries on 31st July 1980 but his melodious voice still enthralls music lovers. He succumbed to the dreaded heart-attack, ironically the man was a teetotaler and a non- smoker. At the time of his demise, he was in his mid fifties. His funeral procession was one of the largest that the city of Mumbai had ever witnessed. Rafi Sahab had sung over 25,000 songs in his musical career, and when he died it was considered death of a musical era.

10 best songs of Rahi Sahab

Tumne Pukara Aur Hum Chale Aaye

Kya Hua Tera Vada

Teri Bindiya Re

Baharo Phool Barsao

Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho

Yeh Reshmi Zulfein

Chand mera dil chandni ho tum

Main Zindagi Ka Saath Chala

Aaja Tujhko Pukare Mera    

Aane se uske aaye bahar


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