Music lovers the world over are celebrating the 94th birthday of iconic playback singer Mohammed Rafi today.
Widely considered as one of the greatest and most influential singers of the Indian subcontinent, Rafi was notable for his voice, versatility and range, with his songs varying from fast peppy numbers to patriotic songs, sad numbers to highly romantic songs, qawwalis to ghazals and bhajans to classical songs.
Born on December 24, 1924, Rafi was one of the greatest singers who lent his voice to Bollywood megastars including Amitabh Bachchan, Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra, and Dev Anand. He has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films and has sung songs in various regional Indian languages as well as foreign language.
Rafi received six Filmfare awards and one National Film Award. In 1967, he was honored with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India. In 2001, Rafi was honored with the “Best Singer of the Millennium” title by Hero Honda and Stardust magazine. In 2013, Rafi was voted for the Greatest Voice in Hindi Cinema in the CNN-IBN’s poll.