Monday marks the 37th death anniversary of one of the most loved singers of Bollywood, Mohammad Rafi. Born on 24 December 1924, Rafi has Padma Shri, one National Award and six Filmfare Awards to his credit. He is known for his versatility as he has crooned classical numbers to patriotic songs, melodious sad songs to romantic numbers, ghazals and even bhajans.
The troika of Md Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Mukesh will remain the pioneers of film music in India for their sheer talent and depth in voice that suited each occasion and every mood. The debate about who is the better singer, Rafi or Kishore, can go on for ages but a glimpse of Rafi’s talent is that he also did playback for Kishore da! OP Nayyar used Rafi’s voice for Kishore Kumar in the song Man Mora Bawra for Ragini in 1957 and Shanker Jaikishan made Rafi sing Ajab Hai Dastan for Shararat in 1958.
On July 31, 1980, Rafi passed away after a massive heart attack. Mohammed Rafi was a legend of legends and is a fan favourite till date. To sum up the man, one can just quote what his contemporary and competitor Talat Mahmood, “The voice was a gift from God to Rafi, but what Rafi made of it was a gift to God”.
Here’s a collection of songs, for various moods, to remember the legendary singer: