Saturday, March 2, 2024

A century of Mohammad Rafi: Commemorating 100th birthday of musical maestro

Legendary singer Mohammed Rafi passed away on July 31, 1980. Photo: Mohdrafi.com

Celebrating a century of timeless melodies, today marks the 100th birthday of the legendary musician, Mohammad Rafi. As a maestro whose voice transcended eras, his impact on the world of music remains immeasurable. From soulful classics that defined an era to versatile renditions across genres, Rafi’s legacy continues to resonate, enchanting music enthusiasts across generations.

It has been 43 years after music legend passed away, yet he is alive in the evergreen songs which are heard and cherished for generations.

Rafi who started his career in the era of extraordinary composers and lyricists like – composer Madan Mohan, lyricist Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, Shankar Jaikishan, Hasrat Jaipuri, Shailendra, Naushad, Shakeel Badayuni, SD Burman, and Sahir Ludhianvi among others, sang for Dilip Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar and Dev Anand with equal ease befitting each actor and his style.

On his 100th birthday, we bring to you few rare pictures of the music legend Muhammad Rafi.

Mohd Rafi with Asha Bhosale rehearsals a song with music director Gorakh
Mohd Rafi with Asha Bhosale rehearsals a song with music director Gorakh. Photo: Mohdrafi.com
Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi at the song recording for ‘Palkon Ki Chhaon Main’. Photo: Indian Express
Mohd Rafi with Naushad and recordist in the recording studio
Mohd Rafi with Naushad and recordist in the recording studio. Photo: Mohdrafi.com
Mohd Rafi with his brother at home
Mohd Rafi with his brother at home. Photo: Mohdrafi.com
Mohammad Rafi with his family
Mohammad Rafi with his family. Photo: Mohdrafi.com
Mohd Rafi with his brother & others in 'Haj'.
Mohd Rafi with his brother and others during the Haj pilgrimage. Photo: Mohdrafi.com
Mohammad Rafi with his wife & his friends
Mohammad Rafi with his wife and his friends. Photo: Mohdrafi.com
Mohammad Rafi with Mannadey & Sharda
Mohammad Rafi with Mannadey and Sharda. Photo: Mohdrafi.com
Mohd Rafi with the gifts in his birthday in his house
Mohd Rafi with the gifts for his birthday in his house. Photo: Mohdrafi.com
Mohd Rafi meeting with Muhammad Ali
Mohd Rafi meeting with boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Photo: Mohdrafi.com
Mohd Rafi with his car
Mohd Rafi with his car. Photo: Mohdrafi.com
Mohdrafi with P Susheela & others
Mohd Rafi with legendary singer P Susheela. Photo: Mohdrafi.com

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Mohd Rafi receives the “Padmabhushan Award” in the hands of President Radhakrishnan. Courtesy: Aathvani Mohammad Rafi
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Mohd Rafi singing in a stage show in England. Photo: Mohdrafi.com
Mohd Rafi with his badminton Racket. Courtesy: Aathvani Mohammad Rafi
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Mohd Rafi with his wife on his last trip abroad in 1979. Photo: Mohdrafi.com
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