In memory of Mohd. Rafi

July 23, 2012, DHNS: DECCAN HERALD

Generous Tribute

Rich tributes were paid to legendary playback singer Mohd Rafi by his fans, musicologists and authors at a function organised two weeks before his 32nd death anniversary which falls on July 31.

On this occasion, the second edition of Mohd Rafi’s biography entitled Meri Awaaz Suno in Hindi written by journalist-turned-author Vinod Viplav and a new Urdu version of the book translated by Delhi University’s Dr Syed Tanvir Hussain, was released. The function was organised jointly by Cultural Societies Sakha and Rafi Smriti at Epicentre, Gurgaon recently.

Discussing the contribution of Mohd Rafi to film industry, senior journalist Pankaj Vohra said Rafi was the only singer of India whom no other singer could successfully replicate and whose stage performances show no loss of quality from his studio recordings. “A second Rafi may never be born,” he said.

Vinod Viplav said hearing Rafi’s sad, secular and melody songs was a spiritual experience and was a sure cure for relieving tensions, stress and strains of life. “Rafi’s ideal character, secularism, simplicity and blotless life make him the perfect ‘Indian Idol,” he said.

Musicologist R P Sinha, recalled his meeting with Rafi as a teenager who had attend a concert of the legendary singer K L Saigal in Lahore. When the mike failed Rafi kept the audience enthralled without a microphone.

“Saigal was highly impr­e­s­s­ed by Rafi’s voice and blessed him and later Rafi sang an independent line in a chorus led by Saigal Mere Sapno Ki Rani in Shahjahan (1946) under music director Naushad,” he shared.

Tanvir Hussain of Delhi University who had translated Rafi’s biography in Urdu, said Rafi’s popularity spread deep across all corners of India amongst all sections of society, rich or poor, townsmen or villagers. An audio CD of musical homage to Rafi entitled Rafi Tu Hai Chanda was also released which was sung by Tarlochan Singh and whose lyrics were written by Daljit Singh Arora, both members of Mohd Rafi Memorial Society, Amritsar.

If you missed this or want to enjoy another of this kind , then go for:

25th Wednesday. 7:30 pm Tribute to Mohd. Rafi, an evening of olde melodies by Deepak, Atul Bacheti and others. Collab:Global Cultural Presentation. Open to all. No passes required.

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