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Mohammed Rafi, the timeless icon

Even 28 years after his demise, Mohamed Rafi is still alive in the hearts of music lovers who just can't think of any substitute for this legendary singer. Parmita Uniyal tells more.

music Updated: Jul 30, 2009 17:24 IST
Parmita Uniyal

84 years ago, a legend was born and even 28 years after his demise, he is still alive in the hearts of music lovers who just can't think of any substitute for this legendary singer. You have guessed it right, we are talking of none other than Mohammed Rafi whose soulful renditions are still remembered by people from all generations.
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Bollywood singers swear by his voice and love to croon his numbers. "My favourite is Din Dhal Jaaye Haaye from the film Guide", says singer Sunidhi Chauhan.

"He had the kind of voice that cannot be copied by anybody ever. Nobody can match the passion and depth of his voice. While Kishore Kumar had that youthful quality in his voice, Mohammed Rafi had a distinct maturity which is rare in the music world today," says Deepa Sharma, Senior Lecturer in Maharaja Agrasen College, Delhi University and a die hard Rafi fan.

"Sau Bar Janam Lenge, Gulabi Aankhen and Badan Pe Sitare are some of my favourite songs. But the list would be endless if I start remembering," adds Deepa.

Pulkit Anand, a student of Delhi University has a different reason to like Mohammed Rafi.

"I like his song Dard-e-dil from Karz as it's lucky for me. I proposed to my girlfriend singing this song and she couldn't say no," chirps Pulkit happily.

Now that's called the magic of Rafi.

Manju Singh, best known for her role as Amol Palekar's sister in Golmaal, finds Mohamed Rafi's voice "really beautiful". "His voice reaches the heart and is very soothing. My favourite song is Tere Mere Sapne from Guide."

If this is not enough, his Mumbai fans are celebrating his birthday in a unique way. They will celebrate his 84th birth anniversary as "National Integration Day".

Patriotic songs of Mohammed Rafi, Mahendra Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar and Hemant Kumar will be sung live by singers of the Rafi foundation with a band of musicians on the occassion at Bandra's Rafi Mansion-the late singer's residence.

(With inputs from PTI)

E-mail author: parmita.uniyal@hindustantimes.com