Rich tributes were paid to legendary playback singer Mohd Rafi by leading experts, musicologists and writers in a Unique Function organized Wednesday, the 18th July at Epicentre, Gurgaon two weeks before his 32nd death anniversary which falls on July 31. On this occasion second edition of biography of Mohd Rafi entitled “Meri Awaaz Suno”in Hindi written by journalist-writer Vinod Viplav and also a new Urdu version of book translated by Delhi University’s Dr Syed Tanvir Hussain was released. The Function was organized jointly by Cultural Societies Sakha and Rafi Smriti in collaboration with Epicentre, Gurgaon.
|Amarjit Kohli on Mike Shanti Hiranand With Sakha Rafi Smriti Awardees of Amritsar Capt Narinder Singh, Tarlochan Singh & Daljit Singh|
|L to R Amarjit Kohli, Shanti Hiranand Author, Vinod Viplav & Dr Tanvir Hussain|
Discussing the contribution of Mohd Rafi to film industry, panel member & senior journalist Pankaj Vohra said that Rafi is the only singer of India whom no other singer could successfully replicate and whose stage performances show no loss of quality from his studio recordings. He said that a second Rafi may be never born. Writer journalist Vinod Viplav who has written a book on Rafi “Meri Aawaz Suno” said that hearing Rafi’s sad, secular and melody songs was a spiritual experience and was a sure cure for relieving tensions, stress and strains of life. He felt that Rafi’s ideal character, secularism, simplicity and blotless life make him the perfect “Indian Idol”. Musicologist R P Sinha who is a retired IAS officer, recalled the meeting of Rafi as a teenager who went to attend a concert of legendary singer K L Saigal in Lahore when the mike failed and Rafi kept the audience enthralled without microphone. Saigal was highly impressed by Rafi’s voice and blessed him and later Rafi sang an independent line in a chorus led by Saigal ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani’ in film Shahjahan (1946) under music director Naushad. After Saigal’s death, Mohd Rafi filled in the top slot.
Playback singer Tarlochan Singh alias Tarlochan Tochi of Amritsar who has sung in many Punjabi Films sang Rafi’s songs alongwith singers Lily P Singh, Col RC Chadha and Arun Goela to a thunderous applause. Glimpses of some of Rafi’s rare songs and songs sung by him live during stage performances as also his interviews recorded decades ago were also shown.
Rafi was born in Kotla Sultan Singh, a small village in Amritsar District on December 24, 1924 and he died on July 31, 1980 in Mumbai.