Likhe Jo Khaat tuje Woh teri yaad main – Happy Birthday Rafi Shab the singing legend of Bollywood

Rafi The Legend
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“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

National Film Awards
Year Song Film Music director Lyricist Result
1977[8] “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.)
Year Song Film Music director Lyricist Result
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
Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards
Year Film Music director Lyricist Result
1957 Tumsa Nahin Dekha O. P. Nayyar Majrooh Sultanpuri Won
1965[83] Dosti Laxmikant-Pyarelal Majrooh Sultanpuri Won
1966[84] Arzoo Shankar Jaikishan Hasrat Jaipuri Won
Sur Singer Award
Year Film Music director Lyricist Result
1964 Chitralekha Roshan Sahir Ludhyanvi[85] Won
  • 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

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