Born - 24 December 1924
Died - 31 July 1980
Achievements - Mohammed Rafi was among the most popular male
playback singers in the Indian Bollywood film industry. Mohammed Rafi
has sung a number of famous songs like Mere sapnon ki rani, Roohi Roohi
with K. L. Saigal for the movie Shahjahan made in 1946, Tera Khilona
Toota Balak for film Anmol Ghadi, Yahan Badla Wafa for Jugnu and so on.
Mohammed Rafi was among the most popular male playback singers in the
Indian Bollywood film industry. Though he used to sing in various Indian
languages such as Hindi, Marathi and Telugu, Mohammed Rafi is primarily
remembered by people for all the melodious songs he sang for the Hindi
movies. Rafi was born on 24 December 1924 at Kotla Sultanpur, which is a
town near Amritsar in undivided region of Punjab. Mohammed Rafi was the
son of Hajji Ali Mohammad and was the youngest of his five brothers.
Read on to know more about the biography of
Rafi, whose nickname used to be Pheeko. Mohammed Rafi's interest in
singing began by mimicking the chants of fakirs in his village. Mohammed
Rafi's elder brother-in-law, Mohammed Hameed was aware of his interest
in music. And it was he who encouraged Rafi to take it up seriously. As
such, Rafi started learning Hindustani classical music from Ustad Bade
Ghulam Ali Khan, Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, Pandit Jiwanlal Matto and
One day, it so happened that Mohammed Rafi and Hameed, his
brother-in-law went to attend a programme of the legendary Bollywood
singer-actor, K. L. Saigal. But there was a power failure at the venue
of the programme and Saigal simply refused to sing because of this.
Hameed seized this opportunity to ask the organizer if Rafi could sing
in Saigal's place to pacify the audience. And this became Mohammed
Rafi's first performance at the tender age of just 13. Here's more
information about the life history of Mohammed Rafi.
It was in the year 1942 that Mohammed Rafi got his first break as
playback singer in a Punjabi film, Gul Baloch. This happened because
Rafi had got noticed by Bollywood lyricist, Shyam Sunder by then, who
gave him an opportunity to sing a duet with Zeenat Begum. And this was
followed by an invitation to Mohammed Rafi by the Lahore radio station
that offered him a chance to work with them as a permanent singer. Rafi
then shifted to Mumbai city in the year in 1944.
Once in Mumbai, Rafi was introduced to some leading film producers such
as Abdul Rashid Kardar, Mehboob Khan and actor-director Nazeer by Tanvir
Naqvi. This was the beginning of his lustrous career as playback singer
in Indian film industry. Mohammed Rafi has sung a number of famous songs
like Mere sapnon ki rani, Roohi Roohi with K. L. Saigal for the movie
Shahjahan made in 1946, Tera Khilona Toota Balak for film Anmol Ghadi,
Yahan Badla Wafa for Jugnu and so on.