Mumbai: Today is the birth anniversary of Mohammad Rafi Sahab, the voice of Hindi cinema, on 24th December. He was born in 1924 in Kota Sultan Singh village of Amritsar district. Rafi Sahab was such a singer whose voice touched all kinds of songs. Whether the song is fun or sad songs, bhajans or qawwali. Rafi Sahab has lent his voice to about 28000 songs. In such a situation, today on the occasion of his birthday, we tell you some special things related to him.
Rafi Sahab belonged to a middle class family. Rafi started singing at a very young age. Then he was only seven years old. According to media reports, when Rafi was seven years old, he used to chase a fakir from his elder brother’s shop. The fakir used to go from there singing songs. Rafi liked his voice so much that he used to imitate his voice.
Rafi sahib got recognition among the people with the song ‘Babul ki duaen leti ja’ from the film ‘Neel Kamal’. Hearing this song, stars or their fans all cried. Rafi Sahab also sang in Punjabi, Oriya, Marathi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Assamese, Konkani, Parsi, Dutch, Spanish and English. But do you know there was a time when Rafi had left. But he had recorded the song shortly before his death.
Actually, there was a time when Rafi left the song at the behest of the clerics. According to BBC Hindi Online, when Mohammed Rafi was at the peak of his career. Then he had to stop singing at the behest of the clerics. But later when Rafi realized that singing in films was not wrong in any way, he came back.
According to media reports, when Rafi went to perform Hajj, the clerics had said that the singing should be stopped after being Haji. This was confirmed by film critic Pradeep Sardana himself to his son.