Interesting Facts About Mohammed Rafi

1. Mohammed Rafi's nickname was 'Pheeko'.

2. Rafi’s brother-in-law Mohammed Hameed spotted the talent in Rafi and encouraged him.

3. Rafi started singing by imitating chants of a fakir in his village.

4. He originally belonged to Kotla Sultan Singh, a village in Amritsar district and he later moved to Lahore with his family.

5. Mohammed Rafi sang in many languages which include Assamese, Konkani, Bhojpuri, English, Persian, Dutch, Spanish,  Telugu, Maithili, Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali etc.

6. Mohammed Rafi's burial was one of the largest funeral processions in India as over 10,000 people attended his burial.

7. At the age of 13, Mohammed Rafi made his first public appearance in Lahore where he featured K L Saigal.

8. In 1944, Mohammed Rafi made his playback singing debut in Lahore along with Zeenat Begum in a duet, 'Soniye Nee, Heeriye Nee'. He was also invited by All India Radio Ladhore to sing for them.

9. In 1948, after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, Husanlal Bhagatram, Rajendra Krishan and Mohammed Rafi created the song, 'Suno Suno Ae Duniyawalon, Bapuji Ki Amar Kahani' overnight. Mohammed Rafi was even invited by Jawaharlal Nehru to sing at his house.

10. Mohammed Rafi has sung about 4,516 Hindi songs, 112 other language songs and about 328 personal songs

11. Mohammad Rafi's 'Baharon Phool Barsao' was voted as the most popular Hindi song in BBC Asia Network poll.

12. In 1948, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru honoured Rafi with a silver medal
In 1967, the Government of India awarded Mohammed Rafi with Padma Shri award.

13. In July 2011, over 9,000 musical tributes were organised to celebrate his death anniversary.

14. In 1948, Rafi sang Sun Suno Aye Duniya Walon Bapuji Ki Amar Kahani, written by Rajendra Krishan, which became a huge hit. He was invited by the Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, to sing at the latter’s house.

15. Mohammed Rafi debuted in Hindi films in 1945 with the film Gaon Ki Gori.

16. Mohammed Rafi received about six Filmfare Awards and one National Film Award
In a survey conducted by CNN-IBN, Mohammed Rafi was voted as the greatest voice of Hindi Cinema.


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