Mohd Rafi: His Golden Voice

Legendary singer Mohammed Rafi passed away on July 31, 1980, the end of a voice that had enthralled people from Prime Ministers to the last row audience. Read more about the lesser known facts of the great singer's life and works: The Indian Express on http://iexp.in/nna4
Legendary singer Mohammed Rafi passed away on July 31, 1980, the end of a voice that had enthralled people from Prime Ministers to the last row audience. Read more about the lesser known facts of the great singer's life and works: The Indian Express on http://iexp.in/nna4
Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi and his 3 year old son Hamid Rafi (Munna). Express Archive Photo
Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi and his 3 year old son Hamid Rafi (Munna). Express Archive Photo
Music director Anandji, singer Mohammad Rafi and Music Director Kalyanji. Express Archive Photo
Music director Anandji, singer Mohammad Rafi and Music Director Kalyanji. Express Archive Photo
Apart from singing, Mohammed Rafi dabbled with acting as well. He acted in a couple of films, Laila Majnu (1945) and Jugnu (1947). Express Archive Photo
Apart from singing, Mohammed Rafi dabbled with acting as well. He acted in a couple of films, Laila Majnu (1945) and Jugnu (1947). Express Archive Photo
Geeta Dutt performs alongside Mohammad Rafi. Agencies
Geeta Dutt performs alongside Mohammad Rafi. Agencies
Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi at the song recording for 'Palkon Ki Chhaon Main'. Express Archive Photo
Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi at the song recording for 'Palkon Ki Chhaon Main'. Express Archive Photo
Mohammad Rafi performs alongside Mehmood at a recording session for 'Bin Badal Barsaat'. Express Archive Photo
Mohammad Rafi performs alongside Mehmood at a recording session for 'Bin Badal Barsaat'. Express Archive Photo
Playback singer Mohammad Rafi performs during a Mushaira in 1960. Express Archive Photo
Playback singer Mohammad Rafi performs during a Mushaira in 1960. Express Archive Photo
Rafi is claimed to have recorded 28,000 songs in 11 Indian languages between 1944 and April 1980. Express Archive Photo
Rafi is claimed to have recorded 28,000 songs in 11 Indian languages between 1944 and April 1980. Express Archive Photo
There is an interesting anecdote about Mohd Rafi and the film 'Baiju Bawra'. It is said Talat Mehmood was to sing the songs. However, Naushad caught Talat smoking and this annoyed him greatly. He asked Rafi to sing the songs. These songs became very popular, and are today considered classics. Express Archive Photo
There is an interesting anecdote about Mohd Rafi and the film 'Baiju Bawra'. It is said Talat Mehmood was to sing the songs. However, Naushad caught Talat smoking and this annoyed him greatly. He asked Rafi to sing the songs. These songs became very popular, and are today considered classics. Express Archive Photo

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