Mohammed Rafi details, Age, Family, Awards & More

Mohammed Rafi (Rafi Sahab) was an Indian playback singer. He is considered as one of the greatest singers of India. He has the biggest fan following.


Rafi Saab

NameMohammed Rafi
Birth NameMohammed Rafi
Birthday 24 December 1924
Bithplace Kotla Sultan Singh, Punjab
Birth countryPakistan
ProfessionSinger and Performer
Also known asRafi Sahab
First SongAji dil ho kaabu mein (1944)
Height (approx)170 cms
Weight (approx)85 Kg
Eye colorBlack
FatherHaji Ali Mohammad
MotherAllahrakhi Bai
Wife Bilquis Rafi
Death31 July 1980 (Mumbai)
RemarksBest bollywood singer of all time

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    • Mohammed Rafi had the six brothers.
    • His side interests included playing badminton, carrom, and flying kites.
    • His music teachers were Pandit Jiwan Lal Mattoo, Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, and Firoze Nizam.
    • In the year 1941, Mohd. Rafi, under Shyam Sundar, made his presentation in Lahore as a playback vocalist in the duet harmony “Soniye Nee, Heeriye Nee” with Zeenat Begum in the Punjabi film Gul Baloch.
    • Rafi Sahab moved to Mumbai, Maharashtra in 1944.
    • He with someone else leased a ten-by-ten-feet room in the jam-packed zone of Mumbai.
    • He sings a duet harmony with G. M. Durrani, for Gaon Ki Gori, which turned into Rafi’s originally recorded tune in a Hindi film.
    • Rafi Sahab acted in two films also. He showed up on the screen for the melodies “Tera Jalwa Jis Ne Dekha” in film Laila Majnu (1945) and “Woh Apni Yaad Dillane Ko” in the Film Jugnu (1947).
    • After the partition of British India, he chose to remain back in India and had the remainder of his family traveled to Bombay (Now India).
    • Mr. Rafi was known as the most humble and down to earth artist in Bollywood.
    • In 1948, after the death of Mahatma Gandhi, a melody “Suno Ae Duniyawalon, Bapuji Ki Amar Kahani” was made and he was welcomed by then Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, to sing at his home.
    • Around the same time, he got a silver medal from PM India on Indian Independence Day.
    • Rafi’s relationship with Naushad, a famous music director, helped him to build up himself as one of the most conspicuous playback vocalists in the Hindi film (Bollywood).
    • Before Rafi, Naushad’s preferred artist was Talat Mahmood. Once Naushad discovered Talat smoking during an account. He was irritated and called Rafi to sing all the tunes of the film Baiju Bawra.
    • He worked with SD Burman, another famous music composer in 37 movies.
    • His work partnership with composer Shankar-Jaikishan was very successful.
    • He got his first Filmfare Award for the title tune of Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), made by Music director Ravi.
    • He won the National Award for a famous song “Babul Ki Duaen Leti Ja” from the film Neel Kamal (1968), likewise created by Ravi. Rafi Saab began crying during the account of this melody.
    • He was loved by most of the famous Bollywood musicians including Madan Mohan, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji, Usha Khanna, and many more.
    • O. P. Nayyar was once cited as saying “If there had been no Mohd. Rafi, there would have been no O. P. Nayyar”.
    • Mr. Mohammed Rafi also sang for another famous singer, Kishore Kumar.
    • He recorded numerous private collections in various languages.

  • In 1968, He recorded Hindi tunes in English also.
  • In the mid-1970s, he experienced a throat disease, so he recorded fewer melodies.
  • In the mid-1970s, he made came back as the main singer.
  • In the 1974 year, he got the Film World magazine Best Singer Award for a famous sad song “Teree Galiyon Mein Na Rakhenge Qadam Aaj Ke Baad” from Hawas, 1974, composed by Usha Khanna.
  • In 1976, Rafi sang all the melodies for Rishi Kapoor in the hit film Laila Majnu.
  • He sang for some super hit movies in the late 1970s and the early 1980s.
  • “Mohammed Rafi – Golden Voice of the Silver Screen” is a book by Shahid Rafi and Sujata Dev, launched in 2015.
  • Mohd. Rafi died at 10:25 pm on 31 July 1980, in Mumbai, at the age of 55.
  • Rafi Sahab was covered at the Juhu Muslim burial ground, Mumbai, India.
  • Another popular singer, Sonu Nigam is particularly affected by his singing style.
  • A melody in the 1990 Hindi film Kroadh “Na Fankar Tujhsa” picturised on superstar Amitabh Bachchan and sung by vocalist Mohammed Aziz was additionally committed to the memory of Rafi.
  • There have been appeals to the Government of India to respect the artist, after death, with the Bharat Ratna (India’s Highest Civilian Award).
  • Mohammed Rafi Academy was propelled in Mumbai on 31 July 2010 on the 30th commemoration of the artist’s demise, began by his child Shahid Rafi to bestow preparing in Indian old style and contemporary music.
  • “Mohammed Rafi – Golden Voice of the Silver Screen” is a book by Shahid Rafi and Sujata Dev, launched in 2015.
  • Once another very famous singer of Bollywood, Lata Mangeshkar said that ‘Rafi bhaiya was not only India’s greatest playback singer but also a wonderful person’ and that ‘he was one singer whose vocal range could outclass any other singer, whether it was me, Asha, Mannada or Kishore bhaiya’
  • Once producer Manmohan Desai was asked to describe the voice of Rafi he remarked that “If anyone has the voice of God, it is Mohammed Rafi”
  • In 2001, he was named as the “best vocalist of the thousand years” by Hero Honda and Stardust magazine.Even in 2020, many young Indians also like and follow Rafi Sahab.

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