The great singer had a complete blend of songs, emotions and energy, as a result thousands of participants became singers. Give it as a classical trend song by Baiaju Bawara or a foot taping song from Kashmir’s Kali, Mohammed Rafi has given the proper treatment to each song. His contribution in the Hindi film industry has been fantastic, and probably no singer has succeeded in capturing his heart like Mohammed Rafi.Mohammed Rafi was born on 24 December 1924 in an Indian Orthodox Muslim family in the Indian state of Punjab. Feroze Nizami Rafi married twice, and four sons and three daughters got married from both weddings.
Rafi sing first time in the Punjabi film ‘Gul Baloch’. In 1945, he sang for Hindi film debut with Gaon ki Gori.He became the favorite playback singer for other composers like OP Nayyar, Shankar Jackishan and Sachin Dev Burman. Rafi and SD Burman has produced songs for guruduttat films like ‘Pyaas’ and ‘Kaagaz Ka Phool’.
Most popular songs of Mohd. Rafi
“Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil” from Heer Ranjha, “Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paoge” from Pagla Kahin Ka, “Kaan Mein Jhumka” from Sawan Bhadon; “Itna to Yaad Hain Mujhe” from Mehboob Ki Mehndi, “Chalo Dildar Chalo” from Pakeezah, etc.
Awards won by Mohd. Rafi
- National Film Awards in 1977.
- Filmfare Awards in 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966,1968 and 1977.
- Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards in 1957,1966,1967.
- Sur Sringar Award in 1964.
He received a silver medal from the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, on the first anniversary of the Indian Independence Day in 1948.
He was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1967.
Hero Honda and Stardust magazine honoured him with the “Best Singer of the Millennium” in 2001.
Rafi won the CNN-IBN poll for the Greatest Voice in Hindi Cinema in 2013.