“Immortal”, “kind” and “gentle” are some words that Bollywood celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Jackie Shroff and Madhuri Dixit-Nene have used to describe the late Bollywood singer Mohammed Rafi on his 93rd birth anniversary on Sunday.
Born on December 24, 1924, Rafi ventured into the Indian music industry as a playback singer in 1941 and never looked back till his sudden death in 1980 at the age of 55.
He is best known for his songs like Yeh duniya yeh mehfil, Chura liya hai tumne, Tum jo mil gaye ho and Kya hua tera wada.
Search engine Google also dedicated its doodle to Rafi showing him recording in a studio, while actors are lip syncing onscreen.
Here’s what the film fraternity said on his birth anniversary on Twitter:
Namaskar.Aaj mahan gayak Mohammed Rafi sahab ki jayanti hai.Rafi sahab ek bahut nek aur sharif insan the.Main unki yaad ko namaskar karti hun. https://t.co/MtxusIoKtO
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) December 24, 2017
Here’s a small tribute to one of my favourite singers.. the legendary Mohd Rafi Sahab. Today is his 93rd Birth Anniversary.
— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) December 24, 2017
Mujhe dard e dil ka pata na tha mujhe aap kisliye mil gaye..always in our heart #happybirthdaymohammedrafi saab
— Jackie Shroff (@bindasbhidu) December 24, 2017
Palkon ke peeche se kya tumne keh daala,
Phir se toh farmana …..one of my favorite songs of Rafi Sahab. Remembering him today on his birth anniversary. pic.twitter.com/RZ6boNtkI6
— Madhuri Dixit-Nene (@MadhuriDixit) December 24, 2017
Rafi-saab, the immortal. https://t.co/EvomN9tZjt
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) December 24, 2017