Golden Era

Mohd. Rafi – Awaaz Mein Na Doonga… (The Legend – Part III)

The finale of the trilogy tribute to great music legend – Mohd. Rafi . In this part take took into some of the memorable moments in his life through pictures, along with his filmfare acheivements. The great legend, who never let his pain be felt in his soulful romantic songs, left the world stunned on 1980.
We lost one more voice … –Awaz Mein Na Doonga…

Rafi Sahab had been nominated for 22 songs out of which he won 6.

He was nominated for the first time for Chaudavin Ka Chand – Chaudavin Ka Chand (1960), which he won and last for Mere Dost Quissa – Dostana. The number (22) would have been much higher if Filmfare had started giving awards for the best playback before 1959.

One more thing about filmfare awards. Till 1966 there was a single category called Best Playback Singer. It became Best Male and Best Female after 1966. So during the years from 1959 to 1966, apart from Mukesh’s 1 and Mahendra Kapoor’s 1 for all the other years when Rafi did not win filmfare it was Lata jiwho got it. So that probably is yet another reason for less count as competition was even tougher.

Chaudavin Ka Chand – Chaudavin Ka Chand (1960)
Teri Pyaari Pyaari Surat – Sasural (1961)
Chahunga Mein Tujeh – Dosti (1964)
Baharon Phool Barasavo – Suraj (1966)
Dil Ke Jharonke Mein – Brahmachari (1968)
Kya Huva Tera Waada – Hum Kisise Kam Nahin (1977)

Clearly Rafi was a great singer. But life was pretty harsh on him. He never cared about how much money he was going to get for a song. Rafi was a saint singer as concentrated on song and not on the payment. That’s why he could not live a very happy life. But his songs are immortal and transcend the time.

Rafi died on July 31, 1980 when a massive heart attack stuck the king of melody, which left his fans stunned and shocked. Several singers have tried to imitate Rafi’s style but there just can not be another Rafi. Rafi will live forever because of the rich heritage of songs that he has left behind for the music lovers who will remember him for years to come.

Mohammad Rafi immortalised himself by singing a number of songs which still enliven our hearts.



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