Born on December 24, 1924, legendary singer Mohammad Rafi began his singing career by chanting the notes that a 'fakir' (Muslim saint) sung in his village. Rafi remains one of India's greatest singers who lent his voice to Bollywood megastars including Amitabh Bachchan, Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra and Dev Anand in his career as a successful playback artist. He died of a heart attack in Mumbai on July 31, 1980. Rafi was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1967. On Mohammed Rafi’s death anniversary, let’s take a trip down memory lane with some of his popular songs.
Baharon Phool Barsao
Kya Hua Tera Wada
The song, which struck a chord with the fans, got very popular for its lyrics and Rafi Saheb’s voice.
The singer even won a FilmFare award for Best Male Playback singer. The song has been used in many television shows and films with several new versions.O Meri Mehbooba
Ye Duniya Ye Mahfil
You could listen to this song whole day and will still be left wanting for more. The lyrics by Kaifi Azmi complements Rafi’s voice and so does Raj Kumar’s acting.
O Meri Mehbooba
The song starring Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman, was sung by Rafi Saheb and Krishna Mukherjee. The song got very popular among the youth for its quirky lyrics and background music. The song was also rebooted recently in Fukrey Returns, which was a tribute to the late singer, Rafi.
Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko
Considered as one of the most romantic songs of the golden era, the song was rebooted in various versions, but the original being the most popular till date.
Babul Ki Duayen Leti Ja
A critically acclaimed and emotion driven song, the song got widespread acclaim for the theme of the song and the picturisation with many critics praising the artist Mohammed Rafi and veteran actor Manoj Kumar for adding much drama and emotion to it.