Cultural Unit Kashmir of DIPR remembers Melody King Mohammad Rafi
SRINAGAR: On his 98th birth anniversary, legendry playback singer and the melody king, Mohammad Rafi was today remembered by his fans and artists of Cultural Unit Kashmir at Pandit Bhajan Sopori Auditorium of Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) Srinagar.
The program titled ‘Rafi ki yaad mein’ was organised by Cultural Unit Kashmir, during which the artists, singers, and music composers of Kashmir paid glowing tributes to the legendary singer.
The participants including budding and senior singers sang Muhammad Rafi’s favorites on the occasion.
Former station director AIR Srinagar, Syed Humayu Qaiser shared some of his personal experiences when he met Mohammad Rafi and watched his live concert some decades back.
He said that the melodious voice of Rafi had become the identity of most of the yesteryear Bollywood icons adding that it was the voice of Rafi that made many yesteryear actors stars.
Senior broadcaster, poet, and AIR Srinagar officer Ghulam Rasool Akhoon highlighted some interesting dimensions of the late legendary Bollywood singer.
Akhoon said the songs sung by Rafi Sahab will keep him alive always in the hearts of all music lovers in Kashmir and elsewhere.
The singers who sang the melodious songs of Muhammad Rafi include M. Shafi Malik, Bilal Shah Jahan, Shiekh Mushtaq, Suhail Mohi-ud-Din, Jameela Rashid, Waseem Raja, Farooq Ahmad, Shabir Ahmad, Dilbir Singh, Zahid, Sarwar, and Basit.
AE&CO Cultural Unit, Syed Shakeel Shan while conducting the proceedings said that the Indian melody King Mohammad Rafi has been an inspiration to scores of singers across the country. There are thousands of old and young people in Kashmir who are crazy about Rafi’s divine voice, Shan added.
Cultural Officer Kashmir, Burhan Hussain appreciated and encouraged the participating artists for showing their immense love and respect for Mohammad Rafi. He further said that such musical tributes will keep Rafi alive in the hearts of all the people and his fans in particular.
Besides, noted Singer Waheed Jeelani, and Punjabi pop star King Paul Singh, the function was attended by prominent singers, music lovers, fans of Rafi, college students, faculty members, and officers of the Information Department.
All the participating singers and speakers were honoured with mementos and certificates.