Today marks what would have been legendary singer Mohammed Rafi’s 93rd birthday. The Indian musician has a credible almost 5000 songs that he recorded throughout his career, from classical odes to romantic ballads, the man had done it all. His language variations were not just contained within Hindi and English, but in Arabic, Persian and even Dutch. Mohammad Rafi had an admirable 40-year career, where he won millions with his soulful voice.
The singer has lent vocals to critically acclaimed films, and it was Guru Dutt’s ‘Chaudhvi Ka Chand’ which won him his first Filmfare in 1960
Mohammed Rafi quickly blossomed as the playback singer for every male actor in mainstream Indian cinema and was popular in pop culture transcending borders (famous British song ‘Brimful Of Asha’ mentions the singer); he continues to remain a singing phenomenon.
Known as the ‘King of Playback Singing,’ Mohammed Rafi left a mark on Bollywood with hits like ‘Aaj Mausam Bada Beimaan Hai’ and ‘Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko’
Mumbai-based illustrator Sajid Shaikh drew a beautiful little doodle commemorating Mohammed Rafi’s career for Google
It shows a lovely story accounting the singer’s days recording hits as he holds a lyrical paper, to his voice dazzling the silver screen as it served the voice for actors like Dharmendra, Shammi Kapoor, and Amitabh Bachchan.
How lovely is this though? Happy Birthday Sir
What is your favorite song by the legend?