“Keya Hua Tera Wada Woh Kasam Woh Irada”
Today the greatest playback superstar of Bollywood Rafi Sahab’s birthday a voice which mesmerized all for long and will continue to do so. We pay a humble tribute to the singing legend on his birth anniversary.
Mohammed Rafi (24 December 1924 – 31 July 1980) was an Indian playback singer and one of the most popular and successful singers of the Hindi film industry. Rafi was notable for his voice and versatility; his songs ranged from classical numbers to patriotic songs, sad lamentations to highly romantic numbers, qawwalis to ghazals and bhajans. He was known for his ability to mould his voice to the persona of the actor, lip-syncing the song on screen in the movie. He received six Filmfare Awards and one National Film Award. In 1967, he was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India.
Rafi is primarily noted for his songs in Hindi, over which he had a strong command. He sang around 26,000+ songs in many languages. He sang in other Indian languages including Konkani, Bhojpuri, Odia, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Sindhi, Kannada, Gujarati, Telugu, Magahi, Maithili and Urdu. Apart from Indian languages, he also sang songs in English, Farsi, Arabic, Sinhalese, Creole and Dutch.
Awards and recognition
|1977||“Kya Hua Tera Wada”||Hum Kisise Kum Naheen||Rahul Dev Burman||Majrooh Sultanpuri||Won|
Mohd Rafi won four national awards for “Babul ki duaye leti ja” from Neel kamal, “Baharon phool barsao” from Suraj and “Chaudhvin ka chand ho from Chaudhvin ka chand.
- Filmfare Awards (Note: The category for Best Playback Singer was established in 1959, and until 1967 both male and female singers used to compete for a single award.)
|1960||“Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho”||Chaudhvin Ka Chand||Ravi||Shakeel Badayuni||Won|
|1961||“Teri Pyaari Pyaari Surat Ko”||Sasural||Shankar Jaikishan||Hasrat Jaipuri||Won|
|1961||“Husnwale Tera Jawab Nahin”||Gharana||Ravi||Shakeel Badayuni||Nominated|
|1962||“Aye Gulbadan Aye Gulbadan”||Professor||Shankar Jaikishan||Hasrat Jaipuri||Nominated|
|1963||“Mere Mehboob Tujhe”||Mere Mehboob||Naushad Ali||Shakeel Badayuni||Nominated|
|1964||“Chahunga Main Tujhe”||Dosti||Laxmikant-Pyarelal||Majrooh Sultanpuri||Won|
|1965||“Chhoo Lene Do Nazuk Hothon Ko”||Kaajal||Ravi||Sahir Ludhianvi||Nominated|
|1966||“Baharo Phool Barsao”||Suraj||Shankar Jaikishan||Hasrat Jaipuri||Won|
|1968||“Dil Ke Jharoke Mein”||Brahmachari||Shankar Jaikishan||Hasrat Jaipuri||Won|
|1968||“Mein Gaaon Tum Sojaao”||Brahmachari||Shankar Jaikishan||Shailendra||Nominated|
|1969||“Badi Mastani Hai”||Jeene Ki Raah||Laxmikant-Pyarelal||Anand Bakshi||Nominated|
|1970||“Khilona Jaan Kar”||Khilona||Laxmikant-Pyarelal||Anand Bakshi||Nominated|
|1973||“Hum Ko To Jaan Se Pyaari”||Naina||Shankar Jaikishan||Hasrat Jaipuri||Nominated|
|1974||“Achha Hi Huva Dil Toot Gaya”||Maa Bahen Aur Biwi||Sharda||Qamar Jalalabadi, Vedpal Varma||Nominated|
|1977||“Kya Hua Tera Wada”||Hum Kisise Kum Naheen||R.D. Burman||Majrooh Sultanpuri||Won|
|1977||“Parda Hai Parda“||Amar Akbar Anthony||Laxmikant-Pyarelal||Anand Bakshi||Nominated|
|1978||“Aadmi Musaafir Hai”||Apnapan||Laxmikant-Pyarelal||Anand Bakshi||Nominated|
|1979||“Chalo Re Doli Uthao Kahaar”||Jaani Dushman||Laxmikant-Pyarelal||Varma Malik||Nominated|
|1980||“Mere Dost Kissa Yeh”||Dostana||Laxmikant-Pyarelal||Anand Bakshi||Nominated|
|1980||“Dard-e-dil Dard-e-jigar”||Karz||Laxmikant-Pyarelal||Anand Bakshi||Nominated|
|1980||“Maine Poocha Chand Se”||Abdullah||R.D. Burman||Anand Bakshi||Nominated|
|1957||Tumsa Nahin Dekha||O. P. Nayyar||Majrooh Sultanpuri||Won|
|1966||Arzoo||Shankar Jaikishan||Hasrat Jaipuri||Won|
- Sur Singer Award
- 1948 – Rafi received a silver medal from the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, on the first anniversary of the Indian Independence Day.
- 1967 – Honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
- 2001 – Rafi was honoured with the “Best Singer of the Millennium” by Hero Honda and Stardust magazine.
- 2013 – Rafi won the CNN-IBN poll for the Greatest Voice in Hindi Cinema.
*Data from Wikipedia