Press Trust of India
July 31, 2012 20:46 IST
Legendary playback singer
Mohammed Rafi's native village Kotla Sultan in Punjab's
Amritsar district remembered him on his 31st death anniversary
today, with scores paying a tribute to him.
"We organised a function in the village. A number of
people and Rafi sahab's fans thronged to pay tribute," Rafi's
childhood friend Bakshish Singh's grandson Jodh Singh Samra
Samra, district president of the Youth Akali Dal and SGPC
member, said village sarpanch Kuldeep Singh along with
sarpanches of some neighbouring villages took part in the
function, that also had many school children participating.
"A singing competition was also organised for the
children," Samra said.
He said that government should help the villagers set up
a library, which will have a collection of Rafi's songs.
Rafi was born in Kotla Sultan village, about 30 kms from
Amritsar in Punjab and about 250 kms from here. Born on
December 24, 1924, Rafi died of a heart attack in Mumbai on
July 31, 1980. He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1967.
Rafi, who began singing by chanting the notes that a
fakir sung in his village, went on to lend his voice to
Bollywood megastars including Amitabh Bachchan, Shammi Kapoor,
Dharmendra and Dev Anand in his career as a successful
He has numerous hit songs to his credit including several
duets with famous playback singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha
Working with music directors like OP Nayyar, Laxmikant
Pyarelal and RD Burman, Rafi delivered some evergreen hits
including Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil, Chura Liya Hai Tumne, O
Haseena, Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho and Aaj Mausam Bada Beimaan.
Samra recalled that Rafi was a simple man who used to
speak from his heart and help everyone in need.
He said that the village is trying to do its own bit to
keep the memory of the singer alive.