Golden Era

Mohd. Rafi – Mere Awaaz Suno (The Legend – Part II)

Whenever there used be a fusion of Naushad’s music, Shakeel Badayuni’s lyrics and Rafi’s voice, that number would become super-duper hit. These three were quite a team then. Rafi sang more than 26,000 songs in all the national languages in his forty years long career in the film industry. He is the master of all forms of songs. He could sing ghazal, qawwali, geet and bhajan with equal ease.
The range of Rafi’s voice was very very high. This is noticeable from the number O Duniya Ke Rakhwale from the movie Baiju Bawara. Rafi revealed a golden voice of unrivaled tonal quality and range, which had the power to pitch lyrics from the lowest modulations to high soprano.

This incredible versatility of range soon attracted all the stars and, during the 1950s and 1960s an unquestionably the golden age of Hindi film music. Rafi’s voice enhanced the brilliance of actors like Dilip Kumar. We could feel Guru Dutta’s heart beat when he sang Badi Dekhi Zamane Ki Yaari.If he stylised his voice for the Dev Anand’s mannerisms, he took the job of instilling emotions in deadpans Suhani Raat Dal Chukhi in Dulari. There came a time in the 60s when Rafi was the permanent voice of Shammi Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Dev Anand, Dharmendra, Shashi Kapoor, Bharat Bhushan and Raj Kumar.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that actors like Shammi Kapoor owe their career to this little man with the Voice of God. In fact Shammi Kapoor’s film were basically popular because of the songs, which were sang by Rafi in a very distinct style. Rafi used to sing songs for every star in a different way that could be identified with that particular star.

Exclusive Interviews

Here is an audio treat – the audio interview of the legend. This was in Brittania, during 1977 while Rafi Sahab was on world tour. My thanks to Shuklas@HF for providing us all this interview.

Download this 10 Minutes interview (9MB)

The tribute to the legend will continue…


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