Notes on Rafi

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SummaryIt's been 32 years since one of India’s greatest singing talents, Mohammad Rafi, breathed his last.

It\'s been 32 years since one of India’s greatest singing talents, Mohammad Rafi, breathed his last. Yet, the magic of his voice continues to enthrall generation after generation. From the romantic Dil ke jharoke mein to the emotional Baabul ki duaayein leti jaa, Rafi had a wide range, which helped him reach out to millions of music lovers. It is this popularity of the musical genius that Yasmin Rafi has tried to portray in her book Mohammed Rafi My Abba – A Memoir. Yasmin grew up as a devoted fan of Mohammed Rafi. Little did she know that she would one day meet and marry his son, Khalid. This transition from ‘fan to family’, as she puts it, led her to write the memoir.

The memoir will be launched in Mumbai on November 19 at Taj Lands End by actor Amitabh Bachchan. The Hindi edition of the book, Hamare Abba – Kuch Yaadein will also be released on the same day. In the memoir, Yasmin talks about Rafi’s simple and caring nature, his humble personality, his love for good food, flying kites with his children, and driving his parrot-green Fiat through the streets of Mumbai. The book also talks about the numerous awards bestowed on Rafi, including the Padma Shri in 1967. Yasmin also highlights his ability to sing in various styles, ranging from classical and patriotic songs to qawwalis, ghazals and bhajans, though he is best known for romantic songs and duets. He became the ‘voice’ of many actors across decades, including Dilip Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra.

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