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It has been twenty seven years since the passing of this Legendary Genious, but even today his voice continues to entertain and to hold us spellbound as just a few other has done.

Was his talent great? maybe the greatest that India has ever seen, but
what made Rafisaab great? not only his god given talent, but the humility and goodness in the man, which made him even greater.


In our tribute "Mohd Rafi: The Versatyle Genious" here we have listed over one hundred of his songs with audio, lyrics, translations and other bits and pieces of information that we have researched and gathered in our quest to honor a great son of the soil, a remarkable piece of work put together and first of its kind, on the net on one thread.

Since we felt that so many great songs were omitted from our compilations, songs which we ourselves wondered "why" they were omitted and the only answered that we could have offered was that

(1) No one could possibly select one hundred best songs of Rafisaab, and

(2) Since Rafisaab had sung so many thousands of songs, and many hundreds were hits, we felt that it would be an exercise in futility to say that X numbers were the best.

In this excercise we shall list another 100 songs that we had not previously listed, and we shall discuss some that we had listed and I promise that this thread will be another lengthy one for the lovers of Rafi songs.


This project will be ongoing, and as it will be very tedious in researching and compiling, we will take as much time as possibly, and as the heading says "missing gems" it will be like an investigator looking for missing gems Big Grin

So all we asked, is to be patient and we/you all will be presented with those missing gems. Wink


THE BHARAT RATNA:(translates to Jewel of India or Gem of India in English) is India's highest civilian award, awarded for the highest degrees of national service. This service includes artistic, literary, and scientific achievements, as well as "recognition of public service of the highest order." Unlike knights, holders of the Bharat Ratna carry no special title nor any other honorifics, but they do have a place in the Indian order of precedence. The award was established by the first President of India, Rajendra Prasad, on January 2, 1954. Along with other major national honours, such as the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, the awarding of the Bharat Ratna was suspended from July 13, 1977 to January 26, 1980. The honour has been awarded to forty persons, a list which includes two non-Indians and a naturalized Indian citizen. Originally, the specifications for the award called for a circular gold medal carrying the state emblem and motto, among other things. It is uncertain if a design in accordance with the original specifications was ever made. The actual award is designed in the shape of a peepul leaf and carries the Hindi-written words "Bharat Ratna" on the front. The reverse side of the medal carries the state emblem and motto. The award is attached to a two-inch long ribbon, and was designed to be worn around the recipient's neck.
Courtesy: Wikipedia:

Some who has been given that award are: Lata Mangeshkar, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Ravi Shankar, and 37 others.

A shrine to Mohammad Rafi in Birmingham
By Prasun Sonwalkar, London, Sep 26:

Some critics call Indian singer Mohammad Rafi a mere 'qawwal', while millions revere him as the epitome of romance and solace - and now a Birmingham-based fan has built a shrine to his idol who he sees as nothing less than a saint.

Tasawar Bashir, a Birmingham-based artist, has designed a contemporary shrine to Rafi (1924-1980). It is currently on display at the Festival of Xtreme Building, Birmingham. Visitors are encouraged to bring offerings.

Bashir, who designed the relic, said: "There is no doubt in my mind that Rafi is already a saint. However, life moves at a much faster pace in the 21st century and therefore I believe that achieving the status of sainthood should reflect this societal shift.

"I asked myself how I could pay homage and honour Rafi, and was struck by the simple solution to make a shrine; a capsule in the middle of a bustling city which compresses time and space and expresses a one-to-one transmission between Rafi's voice and the listener. It is my intention that the shrine will transcend time and space."

The shrine has been built from transparent materials to emphasise its accessibility, and to encourage people who may not be familiar with Islamic art, or Rafi, to explore the space. The shrine, which is still only a prototype, will eventually be taken to India.

Tasawar added: "The shrine will be affected by the environment, weather and light depending on the time of day, meaning that every visit will be unique."

Dave Pollard, Curator of the Festival of Xtreme Building, said: "Mohammed Rafi had near universal appeal and his songs covered both the sacred and the secular. We hope that the shrine will create a link between the city and communities that may not normally visit the town centre, and urge the public to assist Tasawar in his attempt to turn this respected man into the peoples' saint."

The shrine is a 'Project 500' commission, a challenge set by the Festival of Xtreme Building asking artists and architects to work within a community to build a structure or installation with a budget of only 500 pounds. The shrine has been constructed with help from community residents and the support of Travel West Midlands, SAMPAD and Marketing Birmingham.

Tasawar told the media: "Mohammed Rafi embodies the golden age of Bollywood. He was never present in any of these films but everyone knew who he was through his voice. He was so prevalent in the 70s and 80s when I was a kid.

"My mum used to put him on in the kitchen, dad in the car - you couldn't get away from him."

Ameet Chana, a former actor in the popular serial "EastEnders", hosted the event Saturday and said: "It's great everybody's come out to celebrate the renowned voice of Mohammed Rafi. I was very young at the time he passed away but I grew up with his sound through going to watch classic Bollywood films."

Shin, an artiste with Birmingham-based bhangra band DCS, said: "Rafi was a great influence on me and he's the reason I'm singing. He encouraged me to sing like him and my singing is still based very loosely on his style. This shrine is a great idea and well overdue."

--- IANS

The hunt for the missing gems commences:

As we know that sometimes the link goes dead, we will try to list songs with two links, one which is the regular and the other MP3

First before we get to the lyrics and translations, we will give a preview of the first 25 songs, then added to those the whole works, before we start on the next 25: So sit back and enjoy nostalgic melodies: by the Legendary Rafisaab: