Lata Mangeshkar remembers Mohammed Rafi: Music was his life


Hriday sang for Baiju when he was still a child. But for Rafi Saab, the dedication was on another level. Hordes of fabulous compositions and it was such a challenge to sing them with Rafi Saab. Recalling some of their work together, she said: “Offhand I can recall “Paon choo lene do” (Taj Mahal), “Woh jab yaad aaye” (Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere), “Ek shahenshah ne banwa ke haseen Taj Mahal” (Leader) and “Kitna pyara wada hai” (Caravan). They all died young, in their 50s. “In fact, in Baiju Bawra I got to sing with my brother for the first time. Sometimes, we would be out of one recording studio and then into another for two different songs during the same day with scarcely something to eat. He was one of a kind. He led an ascetic’s life. He was the chosen voice for Dilip Kumar Saab and sang some of the thespian’s most cherished numbers. He kept to himself, polite and cultured but spoke only when spoken to.”
They would rehearse what people refer to as their “monumental duets” for hours, getting the lyrics right, adding nuances. His power and glory were in full force here,” she said. “Back then we had no managers. “Mind you, this is just a sample. Our duets were considered really special by music lovers,” she added. “For Rafi Saab, his singing was a form of worship. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App Back then life was simpler and the ties that bound people together went beyond the work place,” she added. There were so many…. I had a very faithful driver Jai Singh who was my rakhi-brother. In fact, when brother was still a child he sang a duet with Rafi Saab in ‘Baiju Bawra’. The great composer Naushad invited my brother for the duet ‘Sacho tero naam’,” she recalled. “I miss Rafi Saab too. The same is true of my other favourite co-singers Mukesh Bhaiyya and Kishoreda. So did my favourite composer Madan Mohan. Even I am very serious about my work. He didn’t smoke, drink or eat paan. “Rafi Saab was very close to my brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar. Unlike Kishoreda who would do a lot of ‘masti’ before recording, Rafi Saab was generally quiet. He took me to all the appointments for recordings, made sure I had my meals on time. She said music was his life. “And yet he died in his 50s. It wouldn’t be wrong to say I lost some of my dearest colleagues and close friends at a very young age.”
Of course, she misses them. To me, both the singers were equally dear. Hriday sang for Baiju the child and I sang for his beloved when she was a child. Related News
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Published: December 25, 2017 11:57 am

Lata Mageshkar reminisces about singing with Mohammed Rafi. It was said that Dilip Saab preferred Rafi Saab’s voice while Raj Kapoor Saab preferred Mukesh. Though I enjoyed my duets with Mukesh Bhaiyya and Kishoreda, I have to agree Rafi Saab had a fabulous range and a staggering control over the seven notes.