A heartfelt homage to the soul of Hindi film music, on the great Mohammed Rafi Saab’s 94th birth anniversary.

2 min readDec 24, 2018

जब कभी भी सुनोगे गीत मेरे, संग संग तुम भी गुनगुनाओगे…

In a singing career spanning 35 years, Mohammed Rafi came to be regarded by many as the greatest playback singer the Hindi film industry has ever known.

Famed music director Naushad Ali described Mohammed Rafi as India’s new ‘Tansen’. Apart from Naushad, Rafi worked with all the well-known music directors of his time, including S D Burman, Shankar-Jaikishen, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Kalyanji Anandji and O P Nayyar.

One of his hallmarks was his ability to sing in a variety of styles, ranging from classical and patriotic songs to qawwalis, ghazals, and bhajans, though he is best known for his romantic songs and duets. He became the ‘voice’ of most of the actors across the decades — including Dilip Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Dharmendra, and Amitabh Bachchan. It was countless songs like ‘Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki’ (Dulari), ‘O Duniya ke Rakhwaale’ (Baiju Bawra), ‘Chahunga Main Tujhe Saanjh Savere’ (Dosti), ‘Baharon Phool Barsaao” (Suraj) and ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho’ (Chaudhvin Ka Chand) that have made Mohammed Rafi live on in the hearts of millions long after he passed away in 1980.

His voice brought fantasy to life, and he continues to inspire succeeding generations.