Mohammed Rafi biography

Mohammed Rafi

Birth nameMohammed RafiMohammed Rafi
Born24 December 1924
Kotla Sultan Singh, Punjab,British India
Died31 July 1980 (aged 55)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
GenresIndian classical, Ghazal,Playback singing, Qawwali,Thumri, Bhajan, Western music
Occupation(s)Playback singer
Years active1944–1980


Mohammed Rafi (24 December 1924 – 31 July 1980) is one of the most popular and respected playback singers of India. Mohammed Rafi was the son of Hajji Ali Mohammad and was the youngest of his five brothers. In 1942 Mohammed Rafi got his first break as playback singer in a Punjabi film, Gul Baloch. Mohammed Rafi has sung a number of famous songs like Mere sapnon ki rani, Roohi Roohi with K. L. Saigal for the movie Shahjahan made in 1946, Tera Khilona Toota Balak for film Anmol Ghadi, Yahan Badla Wafa for Jugnu and so on. Rafi created the song 'Suno suno ae duniya walon, Bapuji ki amar kahani' overnight after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948, for which he was invited at the then Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. He married Bilquis and gave birth to three sons and three daughters. He was a very religious and humble person, and kept away from filmy parties, smoking, and drinking.
Mohd. Rafi suffered a major heart attack and died on July 31, 1980.


nickname used to be Pheeko.
Mohammed Rafi's interest in singing began by mimicking the chants of fakirs in his village.
Mohammed Rafi's first performance at the tender age of just 13.

Awards and Accolades

Filmfare Award for 'Chaudhvin ka chand ho' (Chaudhvin ka Chand), 1960
Filmfare Award for 'Teri pyaari pyaari surat ko' (Sasural), 1961
Filmfare Award for 'Chahunga main tujhe' (Dosti), 1964
Filmfare Award for 'Baharo phool barsao' (Suraj), 1966
Padma Shri by the Government of India, 1967
Filmfare Award for 'Dil ke jharoke mein' (Brahmachari), 1968
National Award for 'Kya hua tera wada' (Hum Kisise Kum Nahi), 1977
Filmfare Award for 'Kya hua tera wada' (Hum Kisise Kum Nahi), 1977
"Best Singer of the Millennium" by Hero Honda and Stardust magazine, 2001

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