We have plenty of writing talents on this board. What more can one want than to write about his/her favourite?
I would like to request if any of you can write an original article on Mohd Rafi for mohdrafi.com. If you would like to be paid for this, you are welcome and free to discuss it with me using PM or email legend at mohdrafi.com
Wot can I say. Really... Rafi just shuts me up!
I think we have to invent words for this guy.
I think if we take writing skills, knowledge and love for music and Rafisaab into account, the best candidates to do the job would be Dr Unni, Extenok and T-ji!
Sir jee, mujhe kahaan laa kar khara kar diya itnay 'senior' logon mein. 'Juniors' mein se Anurag kuch sahi lagta hae iss kaam ke liye, magar usska taste kuch un-Rafi'ish hae.
Yes, Anurag writes so well as well! But you're right... he seems more into ghazals, classical music, Sufi music and instrumental music than film music!
And I actually think you along with the two others I named would do a very good job. So maybe we'd get to see in MAS something like the great Talat Mehmood album review you wrote a few months ago.
Would it be better if we could get some interviews with people who have worked with rafi saab before and other playback singers to how they viewed him what habits he had etc
whos this unni memon dude who wrote an article. we should only let members write. not any old riff raff
Hey that was a good one from UKM
Just an observation!
It is generally said that Indian English is "Verbose" and indeed you just have to read any article written by a showbiz indian journalist to confirm that. This applies to people who review films and music viz. Bharatan, Vijaykar, Khalid Mohd. It appears as if they sit to write with a dictionary by their side to dish out the choicest rare adjectives and mix them up with French or Latin phrases to bamboozle(!) the reader.
Having said that all the adjectives in the world cannot do justice to the emotions I ( many of us) go through whilst listening to janab Rafi sahib!
Top article by Unni. Very good article and well written.
I'm back after a 5 week holiday in Surinam.
I called the local radio station over there to ask them if they would air a program on Rafi-shab on 24th of december, and the donkeys asked me for what occasion ???
I told them the occasion and they didn't had any knowledge about it and had nothing programmed.
My mood became better when I saw SaReGaMaPa later on that evening (or perhaps one day after that), in which Suresh Wadkar and Vinod Rathod were praising Rafi-sahab.
Unni-ji's suggestion is very good. Indeed the people in Mumbai can obtain a lot of info on the legend. People who worked very closely with him are still alive. Think of Naushad, OP Nayyar, Lata etc etc.
During my visit to Mumbai in September, I obatined so much info in less than 2 hours, by talking to his daughter and son in law. There is still so much to discover about him.
Despite the fact the fact that he was a shy, soft spoken family man, there's still much we can get to know on him, in my opinion.
I only read the article today. Good work Unni.
Subhanallah kya iyaada kiya hae Rafi sahab kee HFM zindagi ka.
Thanks Uttam. The article is also available at this location: http://www.mohdrafi.com/articles/newspapers/load.php?load=rafiana.html&start=0&title=Rafiana
Voice of a million souls is my fav. article. Its available here: http://www.mohdrafi.com/articles/web/load.php?load=millionsouls.html&start=0&title=Voice+of+a+million+souls
Followings are my thoughts only. Where are Proof Readers?
[I have no intension to heart anyone’s sentiments, if any such things happens, please forgive me. ]
Honestly, have a look in below mentioned three era’s & justify…
1-Pre Rafi Era
3-Pro Rafi Era
1- Pre Rafi Era, very respectable personalities were there & were (& still) idol of all great , new/old singers (including Rafi) eg. K.L.Shegal, Jagmohan, GMDurani, ShyamKumar etc. They were institutes in themselves & they were capable enough to sung difficult song effortlessly. Doubtlessly, even today, their many songs are matchless.
In that era arts, dedications & Scholars of sugam/classical/semi-classical sangeet were there but their impact on common people was minimum, in other words, it was on handful people only. Ghazals, Sher-O-Shayeri, Nazm etc were there but its influence & impact on common people was negiligble. Common people was least bothered about the subject.
2-Rafi Era…When Rafi came on dais…. he came, he saw,….
(one sentence is enough, but would love to say some more about this era). Common people who were not having any knowledge about music suddenly became disciples/master of the subject. They started searching about Raag, about Sher-O-Shairee, about Ghazals/Najm, about classical/semi classical/sugam sangeet. Suddenly B&W world changed to Eastman Colour, 35mm celluloid screen of life become cinemascope, Sell of Radios/Transistors reached to its peak height, worried, hollowed & faint light eyes become shining with welcome look, pale faces turned pinky with permanent smile on it. Life become cheerful. In real sense first time ‘Dil dhadka’. Whether it is a journey in train or in bus every one was busy singing, internally. Some people became so much involved that they forget the surrounding & internal situation turned external, due to strange looks of nearby people vice-versa and after some time vice-versa, it goes on & on.
Saying ’….khud ko Rafi samajh raha hai’ become famous & common and is true also because as long as voice do not comes out of throat it is 100% of Rafi’s Voice when it comes out it may sound different (who cares). I guarantee, just hear Rafi Songs for 20 to 30 days & you will become full of confidence for singing.
Such was the impact of his songs that there were lots of ‘Tootey Dil wale’, ‘Jude Dil Waale’, , Shayerana-Andaaz waale, Aashiq-Mizaz, Dil-Faink, Gumnaam, Badnaam, Neknaam, khyaali-Masuqa ke Aashik, Apni Heer ko dhundte Ranjhe, Fakirana Andaaz waale, Kisse Love-letters ke, etc etc etc . [These are different form of love] In one sentence, LOVE WAS IN AIR.
Blindly, pick-up any song of Rafi, it is pure like Ganga-jal & clear like crystal , no vurgality, no ill-feelings, non damaging. When he sings, dead words becomes alive, meaning-less words becomes full of meanings and travels straight to the bottom of heart, shacking it to break the tense rope & forcing it to generate fresh blood bubbles. That’s why during his era BP generated disease were minimum. Even now , Rafians are untouchable for such disease.
Mere Dil ki Duniya mein abhi bhi Rafi Era chal raha hai that’s why NOT CONCLUDED. [and it will be go on till my last breath]
3- Pro Rafi Era
For this I would like to write conclusion only.
Na vo hushn mein rahi shokhiyan,
na vo ishq mein rahi garmiyaan
Na to aah mein vo tadap rahi ,
na vo khum hai julf-e-aayaz mein.
I dunno whether this article is known to Rafifans:
I admire writing of Khuswany Singh. He is one of the personalities in
Literature and Journalism field, I like most
Times of India article on 15 August
thanks Ashraf for the TOI article
Good News For The Muhammad Rafi Fans And Punjabi Songs Lovers !
The World`s First Ever Book On Muhammad Rafiji`S Punjabi Songs Is Under Publication Which Will Cover All The Punjabi Songs Sung By Muhammad Rafi For Punjabi Films Or Non-Films. Bhajans, Ashloks And All Other Devotional Songs Are Included.The Detail Will Soon Be Posted.
Here is an article on our Dear Rafi Sahab written by the great SD Batish himself. I can only post the link due to copyright issues. Enjoy Rafians!
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