Mohammed Rafi

The first movie song sung by Mohammed Rafi was in 1944 for the Punjabi movie named Gul Baloch. This song proved to be a hit and that led to him getting several offers. His popularity started soaring with the songs, “Tera Khilona Toota Balak” and “Yahaan Badla Wafa Ka”. These two songs gave real impetus to his career. He also acted in two movies named Laila Majnu (1945) and Jugnu (1947). His rising graph amongst top music directors of that era went up with the movie ‘Baiju Bawara’. Songs of this movie broke all records and he went on to become one of the most demanded playback singer of India.


his famous movies include names like; Tere Ghar ke Saamne (1957), Pyaasa (1957), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Guide (1965), Aradhana (1969) and Abhimaan (1973) etc. he became the voice of movie stars like Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar and Shammi Kapoor. One could not imagine any other singer singing for these actors. He gave numerous hits for them and was a crucial factor in their box office success. He was a favourite of music director, O.P. Nayyar and together they produced several melodies which are still etched in the memory of Indian public.


Despite the emergence of Kishore Kumar and some great contemporaries of his, his aura remained intact and even during the 1970’s, he gave hits like Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Sargam (1979), Karz (1980), Laila Majnu (1976), Apnapan (1978), Qurbani, Dostana (1980) and The Burning Train (1980). Termed as king of melody and versatility, he sang with almost all the great music directors of that era. He also won several filmfare and national awards. July 31st, 1980 was the day when Mohammad Rafi left us because of massive heart attack. But his songs will always remain in the memory of Indian public.


Born on December 24th, 1924, Mohammad Rafi is one of the greatest musical talents ever produced by India. He was a numero uno in diverse style of music. One can find many melodious, religious, romantic and nostalgic songs sung in his divine voice. Every style of music was blessed by his voice. One still gets a goose bump while listening to classical songs of great hit Baiju Bawara. His songs were perfect blend of class, melody, style, energy and emotions. His contribution to bollywood is incomparable. Even to the date, he is extremely popular amongst old and young alike and that shows his true talent and timelessness.


He was born in a small place called Kotla Sultan Singh located near Amritsar in the then undivided Punjab. Born to Hajji Ali Mohammad, his nick name was “Pheeko”. Right from his childhood, he showed an inclination towards music. His family also supported him and sent him to learn nuances of music from great musicians of that era. He learned Hindustani classical music from great talents like Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Firoze Nizami and Pundit Jiwanlal Matto.


At a young age of 13, he gave his first public performance. His entry into annals of bollywood is credited to a chance encounter with musical legends like K.L. Saigal and composer Shyam Sundar. They identified his huge talent and invited him to Mumbai. Since then, he never looked back.