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Kuldeep N Roy
Did Mohammad rafi get his due
by Kuldeep N Roy on Aug 24, 2006 02:39 PM

Zanab Mohammad Rafi's figure has strongly been in the sole of our country-India and, The people of India, the culture of India, the music of India has enheritted Rafi Sahab for every moment of time/age being passed. Thought he is such a preceious stone which is higher than all best value and hence whatever given to him can not match his value, but people of India have, are and shall be always in best paying honour to the Greatest Musician of India saheb mohammad Rafi.

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Rahul Bhagurkar
by Rahul Bhagurkar on Aug 24, 2006 02:14 PM

Absolutely disguisting article,

Days since sachin started playing, there were almost 3 world class batsmen playing by his side, I dont think anybody has taken iny credit away from Azhar,Ganguly, Dravid, Manjrekar, Shastri. The point here is its sachins sheer class whic at times may have outplayed his collegues inspite of being talented.

Rafisaab's magic was undoubted and he had a sheer class of his own. Nothing drives the film industry than encashing ones talent in the respective fields. If more people opted to listen to Rafisaab it his not his fault but ut was his beautifully versatile style of singing. Lets be honest in accepting thet politics exists everywhere, and if rafisaab was successful commercially aslo it was his abilities to sale himself effectively. This in no way means sidelining the talent of other singers like Mukeshji or Mannada or Kishore Kumar or Hemant Kumar, everyone had a unique thing about them, lets stop digging old issues and thank god for bessing us with such beautiful everlasting melodies from all of them.
Music is for healing the souls and not for landing up in unnecessary debates that too from a non indian person whose abilities are not known.

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Rafi -the greatest
by NAGRAJ K V on Aug 24, 2006 02:06 PM

Mohammed Rafi's voice was out of the world.
He was a nice human being and remained out of any controvarcies or did any politics. All these qualities reflected in his voice and endeared him to Indians for ever.

Nagraj k v

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mohammed rafi
by mayuranathan.sivan on Aug 24, 2006 01:24 PM  | Hide replies

It is true that rafi didnot get his due but more because the music directors with the exception of Naushad did not give him the oppurtunity to create a niche'for himself .Rafi saab ended up being pedestrian in majorityof songs . So he did not get the recognition due to a singer of his greatness

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Tanvir Singh
RE:mohammed rafi
by Tanvir Singh on Aug 28, 2006 05:37 PM
UTTER CRAP is all that you have said. It is more than preposterous to say that most of the songs sung by the Maestro are pedestrian. As they say, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize the fact the Rafi Sahab was, is and will remain the best singer ever. And I can't blame you for this musical harakiri, as common sense is still the most uncommon thing in this world.

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RE:mohammed rafi
by rajneesh on Aug 29, 2006 10:48 PM
Ur absolutely wrong my friend, rafi Sahab was favourite of a no of music directors like OP NAYYAR,MADAN MOHAN,KALYANJI ANANDJI,LP ETC

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Ritesh Chakravarty
Rafi is the best
by Ritesh Chakravarty on Aug 24, 2006 01:07 PM

Indeed, Rafi was no.1 during his time. I do not have any doubt whatsoever on that.
Well, Lata might be no.1 on her place, but, it is Rafi which has the largest number of followers in India and the world. And hence, he is the no.1. Look, how many singers has come up singing only his songs - Sonu Nigam, Mohd Aziz, Shabbir Kumar, Anwar, Debashish Dasgupta.etc.etc. I feel that, Govt's recognition to Rafi should not have been less than Lata untill his death.

Also, it is not surprising that Mumbaikars, majority Maharashtrians will honour Lata more than Rafi as she is Maharashtra's pride. Hence, there should not be anything wrong in celebrating Lata's Silver Jubilee in Hindi Cinema.

But, I still believe that recognition given to Rafi, remained somewhat bad.

Well, I do agree that there should have been good number of songs from other great singers like Talat, Manna Dey, Mukesh, Suman Kalyanpur etc. But it is sheer economics of Box office that producers sought Rafi & Lata for most of the songs.

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Rafi Saab deserve Bharat Ratna award!
by M.Khan on Aug 24, 2006 01:17 AM

He was the greatest male singer of ALL time! Its abt time Indian gov't should recog. his contribution!

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Naveen Zalpuri
Rafi is the best
by Naveen Zalpuri on Aug 23, 2006 12:46 PM

A well written article although I personally differ with author where he refers to songs from Palki or Aman.Song like Dil Betab Ko Seene Se from Palki probably features amongst the very best that era offered.But this is not to refute author\'s claim that Rafi was not over-exposed. But why only Rafi; Lata,Asha and others were too.A great voice like that of Rafi\'s could enhance a song but nobody can turn a mediocre composition into a classic.That is what happens when a singer ends up singing a vast number of songs.
Coming to the question whether Rafi got his due from Govt of India, the answer in my opinion is No but it is unfair to say that he didn\'t get the love, respect and recognition from Indians and Hindi film industry in general.He is perhaps the most revered and appreciated male playback singer in Indian Sub-Continent. Yes, Govt of India owes him an award like Bharat Ratna.His premature demise probably kept him away from many felicitations that he aptly deserved.
It is sad that Manna\'s or Talat\'s career had to suffer due to Rafi\'s pre-eminence but then while they specialized in a particular genre(s) Rafi was specialist in all.That is why things turned out the way they are.

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by mishaikh on Aug 23, 2006 11:53 AM  | Hide replies

I feel that the Bangladeshi musician is very much right in his comments.If you see the list of Bharat Ratna awardees you will wonder why Rafi saab does no feature in list when Lata can be there.You have Rafisaab singing at least one song for all RK films except satyam shivam sundaram and barsat.You have him singing the title song of Waqt.BR chopra was hell bent on having this song sung by Mahinder Kapoor(Rafi saab's only disciple)but music director Ravi knew that Rafisaab could do justice to it,same goes with Hathi mere saathi's soulful 'Nafrat ki duniya'.Kishore kumar could not reach the higher notes and suggested that LP get the song sung by Rafisaab.As to Mr.Arthur's article saying that bcoz of him other singers were ignored I would like to remind him that Madan Mohanji got Talat mehmood saab for Jahanaara when Rafi was ruling, simple reason,these geniuses knew who would do justice for their compositions.It was Rafi's unmatched excellence that prompted all of them to reach him.What more proof of Rafis super-eminence of musical virtuosity is needed when not one Rafi impersonator or any other singer till date has been able to improve on an original Rafi song ever?

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by vaempuli on Aug 23, 2006 04:33 PM
Dear Sir,

Did Mr Kishore Kumar win a Bharat Ratna? Now that doesn't strike you as odd, correct? How many "hindu" hindustani classical musicians have been conferred Bharat Ratna?

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by mishaikh on Aug 30, 2006 12:26 PM
Dear Vaempuli,

Rafisaab is No 1, he was the only one about whom Lata (bharat ratna and dadasaheb phalke winner) has said that jab Rafi saab ke saath gaate the to dhyan dena padhta tha qk wo apni additional inputs daal diya kar dete and to be in competition she also used add some nuances from her side.

Do you thing Kishore Kumar(no disrespect meant to him) stands above Rafi.If you really think so then no need to try and convince you.You can think whatever you like.

The reason why Rafisaab did not get the award is that he was not politically inclined and did not had anyone lobbying for him.What can you expect from politicians when Subhashchandra Bose gets a Bharat Ratna in 1992 after over 45 years of independence.

But at least he could have been given Dadsaheb Phalke award?.When Asha Bhosle can get it why can't Rafisaab??

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Mohammed Raffi
by Mahendra on Aug 23, 2006 08:43 AM

It is very sad and unfortunate to start a controversy about Immortal Raffi Sahib. He was, is and will be a Unmatched Legend Singer and A Nicest Human being we had.
Any body saying that Raffi saab did not get his due respect must be a Sick person or may be he have some wicked intentions, else it is well known that rafi saab is being worshipped by un counted fans. That includes myself. Many many people like us have been keen fans of raffi and there are many tales and stories about his kindness and being a unselfish helper of many many people. So pl. let his Great Soul rest in Peace.

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Rafi deserves his due
by Fan on Aug 23, 2006 07:29 AM


I disagree with the author that Kishore monopolized in the '70s. The first half sure saw Kishore's dominion, but then by the latter half of the '70s things were swinging in Rafi's favour. As far as Rafi getting his due is concerned- The Govt and the Film bodies should give Rafi his due posthmously for his immense contribution to popular Indian music.

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