101 Mohd. Rafi hits features a collection of best songs by the legendary singer. In his career of 35 years he recorded 2600 songs of different moods of life- be it patriotic, sad or romantic. He was equally at ease at singing Bhajans, qawalis and Ghazals.He was awarded with many awards in his lifetime, including a Padamshree by the Govt of India
Mohammed Rafi is one the finest and the most versatile playback singer of Indian cinema. Born on 24th December 1924, he was the fifth son of Hajii Ali Mohammed. Rafi's father moved to Lahore in 1920s. He first started singing by imitating the Fakirs on the streets of Lahore, his brother's friend Abdul Hameed recognized the singer in him and encouraged him. He also convinced Rafi's family to let him move to Mumbai with him in 1944. Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Pandit Jiwan Lal Matoo taught Rafi classical music and he gave his first public performance at the age of 13. His song as a playback singer was a duet with Zeenat Begum in a Punjabi film, he recorded his first Hindi song as a duet with G.M Durrani and he his first solo song was recorded in the year 1949 for Naushad and Shyam Sundar.
Rafi was part of the team who created the song "Suno Suno Ae Duniya Walon" after the assassination of Gandhi. Pt Nehru later invited Rafi to sing for him and gave him a silver medal on Indian Independence Day. The years between 1950-70 belonged to Rafi as he gave one hit after the other in every movie he was a part of. His association with Naushad helped him to become the most sought after playback singer in the industry. His first song for Naushad was "Hindustan Ke Hum Hai" for the film "Pehle Aap" in 1944. He went on to sing many prominent numbers like " O Duniya Ke Rakhwale" and " Man Tarpat Hari Darshan Ko Aaj". For "Mughal-E- Azam" he sang "Ae Mohabbat Zindabad" with a chorus of 100 singers. He also had a good association with almost all of the music directors of that era. S.D Burman made Rafi the singing voice of two of his prominent heroes Dev Anand and Guru Dutt. Rafi sang almost all the songs in "Pyaasa", "Guide", "Aradhana" and "Abhiman". The partnership of Rafi and Shankar Jai Kishan is the most famous one in the Indian cinema. He sang 341 songs for them and got 3 of his 6 Filmfare awards for their songs, namely "Teri Pyari Pyari Surat Ko", "Baharon Phool Barsao" and "Dil Ke Jharokhe Mein" . Rafi was the favorite singer for composer Ravi who's song "Babul Ki Duain Leti Ja" from "Neel Kamaal" fetched him his only National award.
In his era Music by O.P Nayyar and vocal by Rafi was a legendary combination. Nayyar even got Rafi to sing for Kishore Kumar. He recorded maximum number songs for Laxmikant Pyarelal, a total of 369 songs. He showed his affection for the composers by singing "Tere Pyaar Ne Mujhe Gham Diya" for free. Rafi sang duets with almost all the singers of his era and the maximum number of them is with Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey. He has a rift with Lata when he refused to back her up with royalty issue. The difference between the two further worsened when Lata refused to sing with Rafi. Music director Jai Kishan later made the two of them reconcile.
The period from 1971-73 was a lean period for Rafi as he sang very few songs, but he made a comeback in 1974. He got both the Flimfare and National award for "Kya Hua Tera Wada" from the film "Hum KIssi Se Kam Nahin". He sang many more memorable songs for movies like "Amar Akbar Antony", "Laila Majnu", "The burning train" "naseeb" and "zamane ko dikhana hai".
Rafi died on 31st July 1980 after he had a heart attack a few years after he recorded his last song "Shaam Phir Kyu Udaas Hai" for the film "Aas paas".
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