Written by Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Updated: December 24, 2017 7:29 am Today is Mohammad Rafi’s 93rd death anniversary.
It has become a cliche to say that music is timeless, but when you listen to Mohammad Rafi’s songs, you know that, cliche or not, it is true. From bhajans to qawwalis and ghazals to romantic songs, Rafi explored every music genre under the sky and with absolute perfection. With a voice that the Gods did not give to angels, Rafi was the master of all trades! Even today Rafi’s songs resonate with us. You can see even millennials listening to his romantic songs and his bhajans like “Shirdi Wale Sai Baba” sounding off in temples. So what makes Rafi so relevant half a century after he was in his prime? Why does his voice still reverberate in our ears? I explain through his top five songs. This is a personal list and it was supremely difficult to select these songs. But, well, here we go:
1. Kya Hua Tera Wada
Mohammad Rafi won a National Award for this one, and it is easy to see why. Although not the best Rafi song in my opinion, “Kya Hua Tera Wada” is probably his most recognisable song. It perfectly captures the pain of unrequited love and you don’t have to be one to feel the pang – such is the power of Rafi’s voice.
2. Ye Duniya Ye Mahfil