Sunday, December 26, 2010


Delhi Remembers Rafi

Three decades have passed since the death of legendary singer Mohammed Rafi but his memories are still fresh in the mind of millions of his fans. On the eve of Rafi's 86th Birth Anniversary, a number of his fans and music lovers gathered yesterday in New Delhi to remember their favourite singer. The Function was organized by "Spectrum Music", a new Forum founded by SL Bhola to promote vintage music by organizing Functions in memories of playback singers and film music directors of yesteryears. This first Function was in memory of Mohd Rafi.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest of the evening Mr Amarjit Singh Kohli, Chairman, Yaadgar-E- Rafi Society and Sakha, who had started, in 1984, the tradition of organizing annual musical programmes in memory of Mohd Rafi, said that Rafi due to his versatility has the greatest fan following amongst young upcoming singers. He felt that it is possible to train young singers through a select-course of Rafi’s songs (classical, light, qwali, sad, happy, parody, ecstasy, agony, pop, rock-n-roll, high pitched, low-pitched, boisterous, soft, ghazel, bhajan, naten, romantic, melancholic & other shades covering every emotion and mood of human life). He appealed to music researchers and Faculties of Music of various Universities to design such a training course by establishing an Institute of Rafi Music.
Sh SL Bhola, founder of Spectrum Music invited people interested in promoting vintage music to lend him a helping hand. Sh Triloki Nath, Chairman, Rafi Foundation Memorial Society, said that the coming generations, will wonder and question their grandparents whether this amazing variety of songs were really sung by the same person.

Rafi was born on 24th December 1924 in village Kotla Sultan Singh of Amritsar District and died on 31st July, 1980 in Mumbai. He made his debut in Punjabi Film " Gul Baloch" in 1944 with the song "soniyi ni heeryi ni" set to music by Shyam Sunder. Rafi was so much enamoured of Kundan Lal Saigal that he participated as a chorus singer in Saigal's song "Roohi roohi roohi"(Shahjehan ,1946) & also sang one line of it in solo.

So indispensable was Rafi to Indian film music that music director OP Nayyar asked Rafi to sing the classical song "Man mora bawra" (film Ragini, 1958) in which singing star Kishore Kumar was the hero & the song was picturised on him. Rafi again playbacked for hero Kishore in film Shararat. The fact that even such a legendary singing star had to borrow Rafi's voice occasionally shows the extent of faith music directors had in Rafi.

In this first Function of Spectrum Music, young upcoming singers rendered Rafi's solo and duet songs under orchestration of Satish Popli's "Doremi Orchestra". The commentary on Rafi's life (in between the songs) was scripted and compered jointly by Triloki Nath and Mamta Vani.

For any further information contact:
SL Bhola, Founder, Spectrum Music,
C-4/31 Sector 15, Rohini, Delhi-110089
Phone: 011-2785-8827, Mob: 098918-74900,