This is my tribute to the legendary singer Mohammad Rafi. He died on 31 July 1980 at the age of 55 of a massive heart attack.
It was fate that initiated Mohammed Rafi's rise to stardom. One time he and his brother Hamid went to attend a performance by the renown K.L. Saigal. Unfortunately the power went off. K.L.Saigal refused to sing without the benefit of the sound system. The audience was getting agitated losing their patience; whereupon Hamid persuaded the organizers to allow Rafi to sing for them until the power was restored. The organizers readily agreed, so he sang for them.
It just so happened that the great composer and music director Shyam Sunder was in the audience. He was very impressed by the young Rafi. Shyam Sundar invited Mohammed Rafi to sing for one of his films. So it was in 1944 at the age of 20,that Rafi sang for his first film. It was the song Soniye Hiriye, Teri Yaad Ne Bahut Sataya, for the Punjabi film "Gul Baloch". This brought Mohammad Rafi to the attention of other music directors.
I have chosen this song as this is one of Shankar Jaikishan’s masterpiece for Shammi Kapoor and Rafi Sahab. I hope you will enjoy listening my cover.
Film: Junglee (1961)
Singer: Mohammad Rafi
Lyricist: Hasrat Jaipuri
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