Mohammed Rafi was one of the greatest and most influential singers of India.
Mohammed Rafi Bio/wiki
|Date of Birth||24-Dec-24|
|Birth Place||Lahore, Punjab, then British India (now in Punjab, Pakistan)|
|Home town||Lahore, Punjab, then British India (now in Punjab, Pakistan)|
|Mother Tongue||Not known|
|Parents/ Father||Hajji Ali Mohammed|
|Brother||Mohammed Safi, Mohammed Deen, Mohammed Ismail, Mohammed Ibrahim, Mohammed Siddique|
|Sister||Chirag Bibi, Reshma Bibi|
|Contact number||Not known|
|Car||Fiat Padmini, Empala|
|Hobbies||Playing Badminton, Carom and flying kites|
|Debut||Playback singer: Aji dil ho kaabu mein (Song)/ Gaon Ki Gori (Film)|
|Spouse||Basheera Bibi (First Wife)|
Bilquis Bano (Second Wife)
|Children|| Saeed (First Wife)|
Khalid, Hamid, Sahid (Second Wife)
|Height||in centimeters- 170 cm|
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet inches- 5’ 7”
|Weight||in kilograms- 85 kg|
in pounds- 187 lbs
|Shoe size||Not known|
|Hair color||Black (Semi- bald)|
Mohammed Rafi Favorites
|Favorite food||Not known|
|Favorite Song||Not known|
|Favorite Actor||Kishore Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, |
|Favorite Actress||Madhubala, Rekha, Sadhna, Nargis Dutt|
|Favorite Singers||K. L. Saigal, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, |
|Favorite Movie||Mughal-E-Azam, Aradhana, Guide, An Evening in Paris.|
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Mohammed Rafi Some Lesser-Known Facts
- Does Mohammed Rafi smoke?: Not Known
- Does Mohammed Rafi drink alcohol?: Not Known
- He learned classical music from Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, Pandit Jiwan Lal Mattoo and Firoze Nizami.
- In 1941, Rafi was invited by All India Radio, Lahore station, to sing for them.
- In 1941, he made his debut in Lahore as a playback singer in the duet “Soniye Nee, Heeriye Nee” with Zeenat Begum in the Punjabi film ‘Gul Baloch’ (released in 1944) and made his Hindi debut with a song “Aji dil ho kaabu mein to dildar ki Aisi taisi” for the film Gaon Ki Gori in 1945.
- In 1944, Rafi moved to Mumbai and lived with Hameed Sahab in a rented ten-by-ten-feet room in the crowded downtown, Bhendi Bazar area.
- He considered K. L. Saigal as his idol and was also influenced by G. M. Durrani. In the early phase of his career, he often followed their style of singing.
- In 1948, after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the team of Husanlal Bhagatram-Rajendra Krishan and Rafi had overnight created the song “Suno Suno Ae Duniyawalon, Bapuji Ki Amar Kahani.” He was then invited by Jawaharlal Nehru, to sing at his house.
- He worked with various eminent Music Composers such as Naushad, S.D. Burman, Shankar-Jaikishan, O.P. Nayyar, Ravi, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and many more.
- The last song of Rafi was “Shaam Phir Kyun Udaas Hai Dost, Tu Kahin Aas Paas Hai Dost”, for the composer Laxmikant- Pyarelal, that was recorded just hours before his death.
- In June 2010, Rafi along with Lata Mangeshkar was voted the most popular playback singer in the Outlook Music Poll, conducted by Outlook magazine.
- Shahid Rafi and Sujata Dev wrote his official biography tilted, ‘Mohammed Rafi: Golden Voice of the Silver Screen,’ which was launched on his 91st birth anniversary.
- The ‘Padma Shri Mohammed Rafi Chowk’ in the Bandra suburbs of Mumbai was named after him.