Talking Rafi- a news report published in The Hindu about the biography of Mohammad Rafi

Talking Rafi

Journalist Vinod Viplav documents the life and times of Mohammed Rafi


TRACKING FOOTSTEPS The book chronicles the career of Mohammed Rafi 

Some things just refuse to go out of fashion. One of them is Mohammed Rafi’s voice. Watch any talent hunt these days on television and you will find youngsters barely out of their teens zestfully trying to emulate the illustrious singer. Howeve r, few know that Rafi was equally peerless as a human being.

“Had he opted for any other profession, he would have still managed to create space for himself in the hearts of people,” observes Vinod Viplav, a senior journalist who has come up with a book on Rafi. Called Meri Awaz Suno, the book is an attempt to analyse the life and times of Rafi. “There are compilations of his songs, but there is hardly any book which looks into his life and analyses his songs.”


He cites examples of his magnanimity, “He promoted many music composers and helped those who were going through bad times. Laxmikant Pyarelal feared that Rafi would refuse to sing for their first film Parasmani, as he was at h is peak at that time.But he not only sang but sang for free. He used to send anonymous cheques to music composers who had fallen on bad times. These people discovered only when Rafi passed away and the cheques stopped coming.”

Similarly, he was always accessible to his fans. “Once a fan came to see him from Amritsar. When he was about to go Rafi asked him if he wanted his autograph and then took out a hundred rupee note and signed on it.”

On the competition with Kishore Kumar, Viplav feels Rafi had more variety than Kishore. “Rafi had sung all kinds of songs, including bhajans and qawwalis. Also, if we look at their career graphs, Kishore had sung some 300-odd songs till Aradhana. Up till Aradhana, Rafi enjoyed unrivalled success. It’s only when Mere Sapno Ki Rani happened and Rajesh Khanna became a superstar that Kishore’s demand swelled. People started callin g Kishore the new voice. In fact, a troika of Rajesh Khanna, R.D. Burman and Kishore Kumar emerged.”

There is another angle to the story. “During this period Rafi went for Haj and it occurred to him that singing film songs is against Islam. It required a lot of cajoling from the family members before Rafi returned to recording studios.”

When he returned he found support from his friends in the industry. Madan Mohan insisted that Rafi would sing for Laila Majnu, though Rishi Kapoor wanted Kishore. Similarly, Laxmikant Pyarelal, despite all opposition, signed him for Sargam. Soon his qawwali in Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin became a hit and he was at par with Kishore.”



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    How to get the biography of mohammad rafi

    Inside India
    If you want that book should be delivered on any address inside india you can send a cheque/draft/money order of Rs. 150/- only (including courier/postal charge) on following address. Cheque should be in favour of VINOD VIPLAV
    Vinod Viplav, 21, UNI Apartments, Sector – 11, Vasundhara, Ghaziabad (U.P.), India, Pin – 201012
    Tel – 09868793203/0120-2880324
    Email –

    Outside India
    If you want the book should be delivered outside of india and if you are residing outside of india and want to get the printed book by courier or post, you can send your order through charge of the book – 150/ plus courier/postal charge. Payment by credit card. To send your order please visits following link.
    in case of any problem or query please contact
    deepak khanna, publisher relations, a1books india
    phone : 91-120-4208206/ 91-120- 4208205,
    Mobile- 09899868109 Email –

    Online version
    To get online version of the book in PDF format on your computer. the full version of the printed form of this book (meri awaz suno) is available on now rafi fans and music lovers can download the book on their computers. if you want to download and read this book, please visit following link :

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